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One quickly forgets about the initially released reference GPUs once the cards with custom coolers, capacitors and PCBs arrive on the market all cool and factory overclocked. Usually the original GPU and card designer, in this case AMD, licenses theit top tier partners, like MSI , Gigabyte or Sapphire, to sell cards following a design that AMD provides along with the license to design and sell the cards. As SemiAccurate points out, this has lead to a market where the only unique feature they can add is usually armed and wearing a bikini. After the card has been on the market for a while, then AMD allows non-reference designs to appear for some cards from some manufacturers.

Not so with one of the four lineups of GPUs soon to arrive on the market, AMD will be freeing us from the tyranny of Ruby in different outfits and allow their partners to modify the Tahiti Pro cards from the get go. Expect to see a large difference in the appearance and specifications of AMD's new high end series of cards. That is the only one of the four to get this treatment, Tahiti, Pitcairn and Pitcairn XT cards will still come out only as copies of the reference card design. This may change over time but for now the idea of custom cooler, power distribution and PCB design is something to look forward to in the coming years.

"Back to the new news, and it concerns the Tahiti Pro card. Word has reached SemiAccurate that Tahiti Pro will be unconstrained to the normal reference designs. If you recall, most GPU manufacturers will force AIBs to make cards based on the reference design for the first 3 months or so, and there are a variety of very good business reasons to do this.

Unfortunately, it leads to a problem where the reviews all are the same, mainly because all the cards are the same. The main difference between manufacturers comes down to what color the AIB decides to put on the chrome bikini of the girl with the big sword riding the mythical beast just below their logo. We are partial to Hafnium bikini’s on women riding giant Were-moles around here. Luckily, Tahiti Pro changes this."


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I personally thing this is good news, custom cooled cards right out of the gate, please and thank you.
Edited by downlinx - 12/14/11 at 12:19pm
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repost btw.
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This sounds really nice!
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This is disastrous for watercooling. This will force custom watercooled solutions to be only available on one model of the card at best forcing any end-user such as myself to either buy that model and live with it as-is, or forget watercooling GPUs.

This IMHO is terrible news. If this really happens I do not see many watercooling companies even making any full-cover GPU blocks at all. What is going in with the market frown.gif
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This is disastrous for watercooling. This will force custom watercooled solutions to be only available on one model of the card at best forcing any end-user such as myself to either buy that model and live with it as-is, or forget watercooling GPUs.
This IMHO is terrible news. If this really happens I do not see many watercooling companies even making any full-cover GPU blocks at all. What is going in with the market frown.gif

I don't know. If you can buy a graphics card with a nice water block then it might actually be good for water cooling, but If they jack up the price and nobody offers a water block then I agree. Keep in mind there is also water blocks for just the GPU.
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This is disastrous for watercooling. This will force custom watercooled solutions to be only available on one model of the card at best forcing any end-user such as myself to either buy that model and live with it as-is, or forget watercooling GPUs.
This IMHO is terrible news. If this really happens I do not see many watercooling companies even making any full-cover GPU blocks at all. What is going in with the market frown.gif

you never know, there may be some standard to the mounting, just may be non standard cooling system
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That is weird... according to the wording its only the Tahiti Pro which is the 7950
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easily 1/3 of the "news" has been repost this month.
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I don't know. If you can buy a graphics card with a nice water block then it might actually be good for water cooling, but If they jack up the price and nobody offers a water block then I agree. Keep in mind there is also water blocks for just the GPU.

For neat, detail oriented builds GPU-only blocks are far from suitable. They make the system appear cheap and cluttered. I find them to be a makeshift solution at best. Not to mention that cooling VRMs is usually one of the largest benefits of FC blocks, something that would not be possible in this scenario at all. I only ever saw once or twice somebody manufacture a 2-piece VGA block.

I doubt you will be seeing many WC manufacturers partnering with graphics cards makers to put out cards with preinstalled blocks. Not to mention that those solutions usually cost at least 15%-25% more than the same solution that you put together yourself.
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you never know, there may be some standard to the mounting, just may be non standard cooling system

Non-standard PCB layout makes this impossible. That is what is meant by allowing non-reference cards at launch.
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