NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review :: The card

03-26-2010 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Card

Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review logo

logo

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Fan

Fan

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Fan power

Fan power


NVIDIA's new card is 10.5" long, or the same length as the GTX 280 card that was the last generation video card from NVIDIA. The reference cooler from NVIDIA is a card length cooler colored black shroud. The front of the card cooler has a grill design. The cooling fan on the card is a 47-fin fan that has been seen on many NVIDIA based cards in the past.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Power connectors

Power connectors

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Heatpipes

Heatpipes

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review SLI Bridges

SLI Bridges

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Capacitors

Capacitors


Behind the shroud there is a heatsink with five heatpipes coming out of it. This design is similar to many video cards with heatpipe cooling on the market. The contact point for the heatsink is the graphics chip and there is a front grill. The fan blows air through the heatsink and the heatpipe transfers it outside of the case. The top of the card has two SLI bridge connectors for SLI operation.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Rear

Rear

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review GPU Mount

GPU Mount

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review Mounting screw

Mounting screw

NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 Video Card Review I/O

I/O


The rear of the card has all of the circuitry necessary to run the card. The GPU mounting screws are near the front of the card. There are also stickers for the Serial Number and part number of the card. The front of the reference card has two Dual-Link DVI ports and a mini-HDMI port. There will be cards with DisplayPort connections, but the reference cards will have this configuration. The top of the card has a 6-pin and an 8-pin power connector.