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Below are 3 recent NVidia cards with similar TDPs. Have a look at the reference heatsink designs on each:

GTX 460 Reference cooler ($200 at launch, 160W TDP)
NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-460-Heatsink-Cooler.jpg
nvidia_gtx460_cooler.jpg




GTX 560 Ti Reference cooler ($250 at launch, 170W TDP)
gtx560-1b.jpg




GTX 670 Reference cooler ($400 at launch, 170W TDP):
index.php?ct=articles&action=file&id=15707
index.php?ct=articles&action=file&id=15709



So you're paying twice as much, and get a heatsink that's considerably worse in quality, despite the similar TDP between the 670 and the two other cards. What gives, NVidia? I mean, seriously, the reference heatsink on that 670 looks like it belongs on a Pentium II. As a GTX 680 owner, I know that these cards are amazing performers, but it's sad to see cost-cutting like this on a relatively high-end card like the 670.
Edited by 996gt2 - 5/11/12 at 7:05pm
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that is a sad excuse for a heatsink on the 670.
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It could also be since the gpus are smaller they put out less heat and thus don't need massive coolers. But then again it could be a little bit of both.
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The whole card is a cost cutting measure.
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It could also be since the gpus are smaller they put out less heat and thus don't need massive coolers. But then again it could be a little bit of both.

If you look at the load temperatures/noise levels, you'll see that the 670 not only runs hotter than a 560 Ti, but is also much louder (5 dBA). That's strong evidence for heavy cost-cutting on NVidia's part.

For example, 560Ti hits 68C load, whereas the 670 hits 77C load:
imageview.php?image=39200

To make matters worse, the 670 is 5 dBA louder as well at load:
imageview.php?image=39201
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post #6 of 13
Well, i it does help cut cost, but its more of the fact that the card itself is much smaller than a 560 ti.
post #7 of 13
Making a card as cheap as possible while selling it for as much cash as possible. Granted performance is amazing considering the actual hardware used. Nvidia could sell these for $200 bucks a pop and everyone and their grandma would buy one. I'd buy four.
post #8 of 13
I wouldn't touch that cooler with 10-foot pole but thankfully that's non issue because there's plenty of non-reference cards available from most brands. Asus and Gigabyte 670's in particular are very impressive. Reference models are always either loud or hot, often both at same time. In the past before manufacturers started including decent coolers with their cards I always switched the default cooler for aftermarket one. With 9800 Pro, 8800 GT and GTX 470 there was a big difference in sound level and temps.
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Asus DCU for me anyway.
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Doesn't matter for me. Personally, if I was going to air cool, I wouldn't buy a blower style card. I'd buy an aftermarket type like the Windforce. I'm buying reference because I can watercool it.
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