The front side of the card is entirely covered by a large heatsink. The shiny red covers on each end of the heatsink made photographing a nightmare but they look very nice in real life. From this angle one can already see the fan lurking under the actual heatsink. Gainward's cooler design is rather unique and will better visible from the side shot.
The rear side also features a cooling plate that helps keep the 8 memory chips cool. On 256/512 MB 8800GTs or 8800GTSs there are no memory chips on the back side of the card, but on the 1024 MB model half of them have been placed there. The cooler is again held in place with numerous screws, which makes it a bit harder to remove, but also quarantee a firm, good contact between the chips and the cooler.
From the side profile it's easier to see the design of the cooler. First there's the base that's against the GPU core and then two heatpipes transfer the heat to the large heatsink on the top. The fan is hidden between the base and the heatsink and blows air towards the card. The reference cooler of the 8800GT doesn't take any extra card slots, so this two-slot cooler also better perform better than the stock one. One can also see a slim heatspreader that cools the memory chips on the front side of the card. The memory do not require large heatsinks as due to the design there's a good airflow around them.
The rear panel seems exactly like the one on the XFX 8800GTS, with the exception that this one isn't black. Eventhough the cooler doesn't blow hot air out of the case, there's still holes in the PCI-cover.
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