Roughly two weeks ago, images surfaced of a new Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 graphics card, equipped with a WindForce 2X cooler. Expreview has since obtained more images of the graphics card, which also shows the alternative PCB. In terms of length, the modified PCB is situated between that of a regular GTX 670 and a GTX 680 and it seems that it was specially designed for this card. The PCB is built using Gigabyte's Ultra Durable design, meaning it has extra thick copper lanes, ferrite core spools, high quality solid-cap capacitors and low RDS(on) mosfets. A 4+2-phase power design was used on this GTX 670 WindForce 2X, which requires two 6-pin PCI-Express connectors.
Expreview reports that two models of the GTX 670 with WindForce 2X cooler will be available; one using Nvidia's reference clock frequencies of 915 Mhz for the core and 1502 Mhz for the memory (effectively 6008 MHz GDDR5), the other with a slightly higher core clock of 941 MHz and a Boost clock of 1019 MHz. The cooler consists largely of aluminium fins, through which two 8 mm thick copper heatpipes run. The airflow is provided by twin 100 mm fans, which can operate relatively silently due to their low speed, Gigabyte says.
Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 670 with WindForce 2X cooler is likely to be slightly cheaper than the model with the WindForce 3X cooler and a larger PCB, which was launched earlier. The exact price has yet to be mentioned.
Gigabyte will release a GTX 670 with WindForce 2X cooler shortly (Image source: Expreview)