Take this one with a grain of salt (and a pound of optimism), but it appears we're closing in on the release of another GeForce GTX 480 videocard, only this time it won't be gimped. Pictures showing what's believed to be the reference design for Nvidia's upcoming GF100 graphics PCB have started popping up on the Web, each one watermarked by board partner Little Tiger.
In the picture, the PCB looks nearly identical to Nvidia's existing GTX 480 PCB, only with a stronger VRM with high-C surface-mount capacitors. Also visible are two 8-pin PCI-Express connectors.
While this is all pretty much speculation at this point, it's at least likely that Nvidia would end up calling the new card a GTX 485. Chinese website EXPreview, which is usually on top of such things, suggests that the GTX 485 will sport 512 CUDA cores, 64 ROPs, and a slightly higher-clocked GPU (724MHz).
We've heard rumors that Nvidia was planning on refreshing its GeForce GTX 295 videocard with a second, single-PCB version, and it looks like EVGA is the first to offer the new design.
"EVGA is proud to announce the latest and fastest in high performance graphics accelerators, the EVGA GTX 295 CO-OP Edition," EVGA wrote. "This card combines two GPUs onto a single PCB, a clear indication on why this card is called CO-OP!"
Core clockspeed will remain at 576MHz -- the same as EVGA's previous GTX 295 videocards -- however the company has goosed the memory clockspeed up from 1998MHz to 2016MHz.
EVGA also plans to sell separately a waterblock for the new card called the Hydro Copper. The full-cover copper waterblock ships with both 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch barbs and includes "an extreme high flow path design with a unique, integrated, pressure point."