Yes, the GeForce GTX 480
is the fastest single GPU video card right now. Yes, it's going to be released in a week and change. Yes, it runs very hot and consumes a lot of power. NVIDIA posted their reaction
to those harping on the fact it can heat a room and dim the lights when you run a few of these.
In my review
, the card ran a very blistering 96C before the fan turned supersonic and got it down to 92C on load. It's still pretty hot but the chip is designed to run on high temperatures. Still, it would be nice if the engineers at big green can get it down though in both temp and power consumption. I'd hate to see how it is if you're running two or three of the cards in SLI though.