When the GTX 500 series hit the market they were strong performers, but ran both hot and loud. The Kepler architecture on the other hand didn’t just give Nvidia’s 600 series a performance advantage, they are extremely competitive when it comes to power draw. Thanks to incredible advances in power efficiency however, it may finally be possible to offer single slot design for even the highest end GPU’s. Galaxy is looking to be the first AIB vendor to offer such a solution, and a series of leaked photos shows off what they have in mind.
Both designs are looking to make use of a large single fan design, coupled with copper and aluminum channels to pull heat away from the various components. We’re guessing that the PC Gamer’s with $350-$500 to spend on a graphics card also has a case that can accommodate a double wide GPU, however small form factor PC’s are gaining in popularity and shouldn’t be ignored.
Imagine a day when you can build a Core i7 system with a high end graphics card like this, and have it still be small enough that it could mount to the back of your monitor. We still have no idea when, if ever this card will hit North America, but we’ll keep you in the loop. It’s entirely possible the cards shown in these pictures caught on fire 30 seconds after the photo was taken, and in-fact were nothing more than a pipe dream.