Nvidia's gigantic G80 die uncovered
It's no secret that Nvidia's new G80 graphics processor has a massive die area—the 681 million transistors and the gigantic heat spreader on new GeForce 8800-series graphics cards is evidence enough. However, the heat spreader makes it impossible to see just how big the actual GPU is. Or at least, it did. The guys at VR-Zone were bored at a LAN party when they decided to cut the heat spreader off a GeForce 8800 GTX that had died from dry ice-induced causes. The result is documented with plenty of pictures, including one where the GPU is compared with a Singapore $1 coin. That coin's diameter is about 2mm smaller than that of a U.S. quarter, and the G80 looks to be roughly the same size across.