Inno3D GTX480 iChill Black Series W/C
Posted by: Dan on: 11.05.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
The Inno3D iChill Black Series GTX480 sample we recieved†isnít stuffed with un-needed accessories, but it does come with the essentials, and a couple of (nice) extras. As itís a GTX480, thereís an nvidia disk with a few applications showcasing the power of the Fermi architecture at CUDA and PhysX apps, and Inno3D include a gaming mouse-mat thatís of decent quality.
In terms of water cooling accessories, the card comes with a couple of bitspower 90 degree angle connectors, and some spacing tubes for setting up SLI with two of these cards.
Here we have the money shot of Inno3Dís GeForce GTX480 iChill Black Series.†Iíve got to say, the waterblock definitely makes the card look good. The stock cooler isnít too shabby on the GTX480, but it definitely is an improvement to see a waterblock on the card.
The finish on the top of the iChill Black Series water block really is a mirror shine, and this picture is testament to how reflective it really is, and why all my shots of the water block are going to be at an angle!
The GTX480 is 10.5Ē in length, so slightly shorter than an ATI Radeon 5870 and the same size as a 9800GTX. There are plenty of solder points and resistors on the back of the GTX480, but not anything of major significance.
On the business side of the card we can see that the GTX480 is a dual slot cooler, with mini-HD and two DVI outputs.
Itís no secret that the GTX480 is power hungry, and as such the card needs a 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connector to keep it ticking along. A nice feature of the iChill Black Series waterblock used on this card is that the acrylic used is translucent, and there are holes to add LEDs on the motherboard side of the card. So with an easy addition of a couple of LEDs the waterblock will glow in a colour of your choice.
The underneath of the waterblock is almost as reflective as the top. The main part of the block is nickel plated, presumably over copper. The block has raised areas for proper contact with memory and other important components, and has a few grooves cut out so as to fit around capacitors etc.
Hereís one final shot of the card with the elbow barbs installed. Quite pretty I think. Right, thatís the card checked out. Letís get it installed and benchmarked.
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