Here we have the backside, no protective plate like some of the predecessor cards had. Overall, a clean looking PCB with a back nicely colored black. Here as well a gap in the PCB is located at the ventilator area, this will suck in a little more air -- handy for cooling.
The GeForce GTX 480 has a maximum power consumption of 250 Watts, as such you'll need to power the card with both a 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe PEG lead from your power supply. We recommend a 550W~600W power supply to start with, with on card of course.
Like any high-end GeForce graphics card, NVIDIA will allow you to opt for the multi-GPU road with SLI as an option. You can pair two or three cards in one PC and have them do a decent workout.
The GTX 480 is a card that will get hot, very hot. As such the NVIDIA reference cooler is a beefy one. It's a heatpipe based design with four thick pipes leading from the GPU block towards fins on the inside. Positioned at the rear of the card is the ventilator, it will suck in air from inside the PC.
Once the ambient air has been used to cool the GPU, the hot air will be blown outside the PC through the exhaust you can see above the monitor connectors.