Then in June/July nVidia and ATI released new flagship cards based off the GT200 and RV770 cores. For ATI owners, the HR-03 GT continued to be compatible, as no apparent changes were made to the mounting hole design. However the nVidia GT200 core was so huge, mounting holes had to be pushed outwards, VRM chip layout changed, memory chips moved to the back side of the card and so on. This unique arrangement meant that no previous cooler would fit the new GTX 260/280 cards, and aside from some early water block releases there wouldn't be an aftermarket cooling option for the GTX for months to come.
But Thermalright was not willing to let their loyal fans down, and based on customer demand they have developed the all-new HR-03 GTX cooler! This represents the first and only aftermarket air cooler for the GT200 series cards that I am aware of. It is made specifically just for the nVidia 260 and 280 GTX, and is not compatible with any other card design. Although the main heatsink itself is based off of the earlier HR-03 coolers, the GTX includes a wider base, new mounting hardware and separate VRM and HSI heatsinks. Dimensions of the finned section remain relatively the same, as do the six heatpipes and option to install the heatsink either at the front of the card or slung over the back. Due to the high heat producing components on the front of the card however Thermalright does state the cooler should only be installed to the front, and the use of a 120mm fan is highly recommended.
Join me as I take a look at the Thermalright HR-03 GTX.