We have specs, we have overclocking details, we have a picture of the GPU. Now, finally, images of an entire GeForce GTX 460 graphics card have surfaced. Expreview has posted four photos, all of which look rather official, like they were pilfered from an Nvidia press deck.
Whatever the source happens to be, the images are very interesting. They show a stubby card with a huge cooling fan smack in the middle, as well as one of Nvidia's trademark black shroud designs. At the back, a set of 12 solder points betrays the presence of two six-pin PCI Express power connectors.
Just for fun, I took the top-down shot and pasted it over a similar PR image of AMD's Radeon HD 5770 (the one with the Batman-style cooler), aligning the PCI Express x16 connectors as well as I could. The result? Assuming Expreview's shots show the real McCoy, the GTX 460 is actually a tad shorter than AMD's $160 mid-range card. Last we heard, the upcoming Nvidia card was going to have a decent bit more horsepower and a $230 price tag.
I can't say I disapprove of the large fan, either. Those tiny hamster wheel designs you see everywhere might do a decent enough job, but I've yet to encounter one that isn't unnecessarily loud. Provided there's enough room, a big, conventional fan sitting atop an equally meaty hunk of metal seems like the way to go.