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Palit releases passively cooled Nvidia GeForce GTX 750(Ti) cards

by Mark Tyson on 15 July 2014, 11:35

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Palit

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Palit Microsystems has launched a new series of passively cooled graphics cards dubbed the KalmX Series. Today's announcement details two KalmX cards to get the series started; the Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX and the Palit GeForce GTX 750 KalmX.

HEXUS has reviewed a fair few graphics cards powered by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti GPU (five in all, check them out here). However we haven't had our hands on a passively cooled model yet so it was interesting to hear of Palit's new KalmX series launch. Looking around, another 'innovative' Nvidia hardware partner tweak of the GTX 750 design was seen at Computex from Galaxy which had on show a GTX 750 Ti single slot solution – also making the most of the power / thermal efficiency of Nvidia's Maxwell GPU design.

These KalmX cards are built without the extra power connector enthusiast versions are equipped with, of course. Also to keep things cool Palit says that its design incorporates two nickel plated heat-pipes, nickel plated cooling fins to provide maximum cooling surface area, and a copper base to connect all these cooling parts to the GPU.

Let's look at the spec to see exactly what these two Palit KalmX video cards offer:

As you can see above Palit's KalmX series offer a set of specs very much in line with the Nvidia reference specs for the Nvidia GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti. Actually the memory bandwidth on offer in these passive examples is detailed as very slightly better than reference spec.

It's hard to determine whether these KalmX cards are 2.5 or 3 slots wide to accommodate the bulky cooling systems. However if you have the room for one of these graphics cards in your silent PC build Palit promises to give you "the gaming horsepower to take on today's most demanding titles in full 1080p HD".

With its maximum 60W power consumption its might be surprising if we don't see more passive GTX 750s arrive but Palit claims to be first out of the gate. At the time of writing we don't have pricing (though it's said to be "affordable") or the availability of these KalmX graphics cards.



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Had the email shot for these earlier…..and was thinking “Hmmm, these used to be the holy grail, now they are almost redundant”

It's a shame that as mid-range GPUs have gotten cool and powerful enough to have a decent passive card, APUs have risen and low noise cooling solutions seem to be the norm.
shaithis
Had the email shot for these earlier…..and was thinking “Hmmm, these used to be the holy grail, now they are almost redundant”

It's a shame that as mid-range GPUs have gotten cool and powerful enough to have a decent passive card, APUs have risen and low noise cooling solutions seem to be the norm.

Also, to add to this, the cooler on this appears to be super tall, so any potential small and quiet form factor pc cases will have to be considered at great length.

Either way, interesting product. I wonder how cool it will be able to stay.
I think it's aimed at htpc, AV type builds
They always point the fins the wrong way on passive cards, they need to run along the card for optimal airflow if you have a front mounted fan.

I would prefer a card with an adaptive fan that switches on and off when needed.
wingtit
They always point the fins the wrong way on passive cards, they need to run along the card for optimal airflow if you have a front mounted fan.
Yea, that has always struck me as being odd, i just thought it was something to do with the way the heatpipes are orientated.

wingtit
I would prefer a card with an adaptive fan that switches on and off when needed.

Isn't that something Asus or someone does ? I seem to remember reading about some company doing a card that only switches on the fan when X load, or temp is reached.