With the imminent release of the new GeForce GTX 295 just around the corner, some of NVIDIA's board partners appear to continue to be focusing on the still highest-performance NVIDIA-made graphics processor on the market, specifically the 65nm GT200. The graphics card manufacturer is expected to unveil a new product that will seriously make itself noticed in any user's desktop system. Details on this Inno3D card, dubbed iChill GeForce GTX 280 Extreme Edition, have recently been leaked
on the Internet, including specs and a number of high-quality pictures.
The GT200 graphics processor is known for getting hot, which means that it will require a decently large cooling solution. The GeForce GTX 260 and the GTX 280 are standardly provided with a dual-slot one that NVIDIA uses for all its high-end graphics cards. However, the aforementioned Inno3D iChill product is equipped with a custom, dual-slot cooling solution that could enable overclocking enthusiasts to max out the specifications of the cards, resulting in a better performance ratio.
The card boasts the massive Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme VGA cooler, which adds no less than three 80mm PWM fans (with low noise impeller) to effectively cool down the 65nm GT200 GPU. The device has also been designed to provide five cooper heatpipes and a backplate, which allow for a potentially low-temp GPU.
Despite what you might believe, the specifications on this thing are what you will find on any standard GeForce GTX 280, except for the cooling solution. The company decided to keep the clock rates to their standard levels, consequently allowing users to tweak and overclock the card themselves.
If overclocking is not your thing, you will still be able to benefit from the card's clock speeds of 602MHz for the core, 1296MHz on the shader, and 2214MHz for the 1GB of GDDR3 memory.