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ZOTAC unveils new GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt GPUs, have nothing to do with Thunderbolt technology

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt GPU gets unveiled

By Anthony Garreffa on Jan 31, 2013 10:35 pm CST - 1 min, 19 secs reading time

ZOTAC have just launched a new GPU, named the GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt Edition. With 'Thunderbolt' in the name, most people would expect that ZOTAC have baked in some Thunderbolt interface support, but nope - it has nothing to do with the high-speed connectivity called Thunderbolt.

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The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt Edition, does however, arrive with a high-grade non-reference design PCB, and a very cool new cooling solution. The cooling solution sports a massive aluminum heatsink with heat-transfer helps by three copper heat pipes. This gives us a hybrid-type device, somewhere between heatsinks and fin-stacks. The pictures below show off how a hybrid heatsink is better than fin-stacks.

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ZOTAC calls the cooler features "EClean", which is a mechanism that allows owners of the GPU to easily detach the cooler shroud on which the fans are mounted by simply pressing a retention notch, and sliding out the shroud that's suspended on rails on the main heatsink. All of this provides the ability to clean the heatsink, very, very nice.

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Spec-wise, we're looking at NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 980MHz core, 1033MHz GPU boost and 6GHz memory. Overclocking will be left to users, even with this nifty heatsink design - I'll just scratch my head in total wonder. Filling out the new GTX 660 Thunderbolt Edition from ZOTAC, we find 2GB of GDDR5 RAM spread across a 192-bit memory interface, a single 6-pin power connector, two DVI ports, one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector.

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This particular GPU will be exclusive to China, unfortunately.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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