KitGuru reports Gigabyte will soon introduce the N480 SOC (Super Overclock), this new GeForce GTX 480 promises to be the fastest production single-GPU card on the market. The card uses the Windforce 3x cooler and has cherry-picked chips and high-quality components, along with several features to please overclockers. It should be available around mid-October.
The most eagle-eyed of our readers will have spotted something a little out of the ordinary in the picture of this card above that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. The N480 SOC actually has two BIOSes, one standard profile and one for extreme overclocking – appropriately named ‘LN2′. Pressing the Clear CMOS button in the bottom corner of the card switches between these, meaning that you never have to flash the BIOS.
Although Gigabyte have set a maximum limit of 1.4V (from the standard 1.05V) through the GPU, they will be releasing an exclusive version of the BIOS which is completely unlocked and allows up to 1.6V for world record attempts. To get this BIOS, ‘professional overclockers’ will need to make a special written application (which doubles as a ‘we accept the death of the card as an occupational hazard’ disclaimer – cool!).