Last week, a fair amount of information leaked out about an upcoming GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB graphics card that will be outfitted with the same G92 graphics processor as the GeForce 8800 GT. The upcoming card is expected to have 128 stream processors, a 650MHz core clock speed, and 512MB of 970MHz GDDR3 memory running off a 256-bit memory bus. Pictures of the card even surfaced, showing a dual-slot cooler similar to that of the existing GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB and 320MB but covering the entire circuit board.
Folks on the VR-Zone forums have now gotten hold of new pictures of the card, and it looks like Nvidia's engineers have gone a little eccentric this time around. When seen from the side, the portion of the new cooler that houses its fan appears to be both indented and tilted compared to the body of the card and the rest of the cooler shroud.
The forum member who posted the shot questions whether Nvidia engineers have been hitting the bottle, but the design may make sense in cramped system where another add-in card could be seated right next to the graphics card. In such systems, the indent could give the fan more room to draw in air, which could then be exhausted out of the case in the same fashion as with Nvidia's existing coolers.