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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 | Video Cards News | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:35 am

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.




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.






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.






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.






This particular GPU will be exclusive to China, unfortunately.


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