After a long wait, and a long stretch of unsatsifed curiousity, Nvidia's next generation part, the GTX 480 launched on Friday (here is the review). EVGA has wasted no time to show off some water-cooled boards.
Taking the oft-used 'FTW' name, these two cards will officially be known as the GTX 480 / 470 Hydro Copper FTW Edition. Instead of the large heatsink with the somewhat loud fan, the Hydro Copper hooks up to your liquid cooling system, to keep this hot GPU from bursting into flames.
Because of this better cooling, both video cards are overclocked. The GTX 480 FTW gains 50MHz on the core clock, while the GTX 470 FTW gains the same, running at a 650MHz core clock.
Being water cooling and all, you'll have to pay a bit extra of course: the GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW is set to sell for $650, while the GTX 470 HC FTW is $499.00.
It is somewhat surprising to see these video cards announced already, as Nvidia earlier told us that only video cards based on the reference design would be for sale at the start of the GTX 480 entry onto the marketplace.