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Inno3D previews Black Freezer GTX 400 series

Inno3D previews Black Freezer GTX 400 series

The Inno3D GTX 470 and GTX 480 'Black Freezer' editions come with factory-fitted waterblocks.

Inno3D has revealed the first images of its upcoming Black Freezer GTX 470 and 480 graphics cards which feature a pre-fitted waterblock.

The rather neat looking cards have a near-full PCB waterblock factory-fitted by Inno3D, making them super-easy to integrate with an existing watercooling system without voiding the cards' warranties - and without the need to purchase third-part add-ons.

Strangely, the cards appear to still be double-slot in width - meaning that they'll take up both your PCI-Express slot plus the slot next to it - despite the waterblock having top-mounted connections and requiring no airflow over its surface. Whether this is due to complex internal construction that will ensure optimum performance from the waterblock is something that will have to await thorough testing.

Sadly, while Inno3D is eager to whet peoples' appetites with a sneak peak, it's being a little more cagey on the details: according to Fudzilla the company is being unnecessarily tight lipped about this upcoming release. What is known is that the Black Freezer watercooled cards will be available with both the Nvidia GTX 470 and GTX 480 GPUs, but the precise specifications of the cards are as yet unknown.

Another unknown is the construction of the waterblock: while guesses are made as to the material - most likely either aluminium or some form of plated copper - the company is again keeping quiet until closer to the launch.

Likewise, the company has yet to announce availability or - crucially - pricing for either card.

Does the idea of a pre-fitted waterblock take some of the DIY fun out of the whole watercooling concept for you, or could you see yourself in the market for a no-faff watercooled graphics card? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Bad_cancer 15th April 2010, 13:15 Quote
hmmmm....

Evga H20 gtx 400s

What i wanna see is some reviews of these beasties.

Im just curious about it's overclocking abilities...:o

But it is still hot, even under watercooling
TWeaK 15th April 2010, 13:19 Quote
Now I've read it here plenty of times, but I wasn't aware that changing the cooler on a garphics card voided the warranty. I'm pretty certain at least that when I changed the cooler on my Inno3D 8800GT I didn't break any warranty stickers.
cgthomas 15th April 2010, 13:52 Quote
They're not there, but if you damage the card you need to put back the reference cooler back in such a way that it will look like it wasn't tempered with. Otherwise the manfactuter will refuse the refund
B1GBUD 15th April 2010, 14:31 Quote
When I put a Zalman water block on my 8800GTX the temps droped from 80-85c (under load) to about 55-60c, and I also have an overclocked e6600 on the same loop. I am completely sold when it comes to watercooling, but I imagine there will be quite a healthy price hike too.
V3ctor 15th April 2010, 14:37 Quote
This is the only way to have a proper GTX480... But of course, if a GTX480 is already expensive than these will be 100-150€ more
xaser04 15th April 2010, 15:16 Quote
I assume that these will be even more expensive than a HD5970?

Looks good but it will be an awful lot of money for something that isn't even the quickest card (something which could be said about the standard GTX480 - uk shafting, sorry pricing only).
Unknownsock 15th April 2010, 15:42 Quote
Personally i think thats kinda ugly ><

£650+ im guessing?
pizan 15th April 2010, 15:46 Quote
That is a Bitspower block, right? They do make a nice block but I like the look of Ek blocks a lot more.
Farfalho 15th April 2010, 17:46 Quote
I have the same assumption as pizan, a Bitspower block, at least has quality behind the cooler manufacturing process
Tulatin 15th April 2010, 18:29 Quote
I'm assuming they're still using a double slot backplate due to the rather unfortunate weight of this card. I remember how years ago, some of the danger den blocks came with a clear acrylic strut... this may be a necessary accessory again soon.
ChainsawBunny 15th April 2010, 19:46 Quote
I want a waterblock for my Geforce 470 (Palit)
haakon.t 15th April 2010, 20:20 Quote
EVGA's watercooled 480 costs $650, thats not so bad imho, but I guess it will cost a lot more overe here..

@Tulatin: And they come with a single slot backplate :) don't know about the Inno3D ones though.
Sloth 15th April 2010, 20:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by haakon.t
EVGA's watercooled 480 costs $650, thats not so bad imho, but I guess it will cost a lot more overe here..

@Tulatin: And they come with a single slot backplate :) don't know about the Inno3D ones though.
Newegg.com has the HD5970 placed at $700, though all are out of stock and demand is likely raising prices, but that's not a half bad price there for the 480. If you're already forgetting about price/performance and going for raw power you may as well get a watercooled GTX480 and take it even further...
thehippoz 15th April 2010, 20:56 Quote
more lipstick on a pig
stonedsurd 16th April 2010, 01:46 Quote
Everyone knows Bitspower blocks are crap.

http://imgur.com/JDxFm.jpg

http://imgur.com/JRW7X.jpg

Images from EvilClocker @ XS
Fizzban 16th April 2010, 02:05 Quote
Most pointless thing ever.
azrael- 16th April 2010, 09:24 Quote
I don't know much, but I *do* know that "Freezer" and "GTX470" or "GTX480" don't belong in the same sentence. :p
logan'srun 16th April 2010, 09:34 Quote
alu will never go in my loop - so if this is an alu block they're obviously after WC nabs who don't know better and still think TT is the king. . .
xaser04 16th April 2010, 09:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sloth
Newegg.com has the HD5970 placed at $700, though all are out of stock and demand is likely raising prices, but that's not a half bad price there for the 480. If you're already forgetting about price/performance and going for raw power you may as well get a watercooled GTX480 and take it even further...

If all you cre about is raw power then why would you forgo the HD5970 for the slower GTX480?
(Unless you mean specifically for CUDA?).
stonedsurd 16th April 2010, 10:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
alu will never go in my loop - so if this is an alu block they're obviously after WC nabs who don't know better and still think TT is the king. . .

It's nickel plated. But that doesn't change the fact that the block is shite.
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