Gainward’s Phantom series of graphics cards are very popular among enthusiasts for their unique look and feel. We recently took a look at the Gainward Phantom GTX 770 which was a very impressive graphics card. The main unique feature is that the fans are situated behind the heatsink of the graphics card. These three fans pull air over the heatsink and push them out the side of the cooler. One of the main changes with the GTX 700 series Phantoms is that the fans are now removable and thus are easy to clean without voiding your warranty.
Other features of the GTX 780 Phantom include five 8mm heat pipes for cooling, a thicker aluminium heatsink design versus previous generations, an 8 phase VRM design, solid chokes, DrMOS (driver-MOSFETs, combined up/down FETs and Driver ICs in one package). The card uses a pair of 8 pin power connectors as the GK110 Nvidia GPU can draw some large power loads when overclocked. There’s no word on pricing and regional availability yet but we should see European and North American availability in the next 1-2 weeks at a price that is slightly more expensive than the competition’s custom cooled solutions. This is mainly due to the rather unique design and associated construction costs but also due to the popularity of the Phantom series.
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