Along with other Nvidia board partners, Gigabyte today unveiled their newest Fermi product. However, unlike other board partners, they have decided to forgo reference cooling in favour of an exotic proprietary design that utilizes two fans to keep this cut-down Fermi chip cool. These fans are also attached to a non-reference heatsink that includes a large pipe running across the top of the card. Pictures appear to show that hot air is not exclusively exhausted out of the case. Clock speed from both GPU and memory are left at stock, and pricing is reported to be standard @ $279.
Judging by the already-reduced temperatures reported on reference-cooled GTX 465s, is this cooling really necessary? And is it worth dumping that heat into the interior of the case rather than exhausting it? Click to add your comments below, and click on the Product Page link for more information.