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[softpedia] AMD Radeon HD 7900 Will Get Cheaper PCB Soon

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The first Radeon HD 7900 series will stick to the original one, which we have mentioned above.

Once the Sunnyvale company finally completes the new one, though, there should be some slightly less expensive cards up for order.

Then again, these are still, in the end, high-end graphics adapters, so it can be assumed that anyone willing to buy them has more than enough cash or credit.
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Very interesting. I wonder why the change, why not just let third parties create their own non-ref pcb
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third parties will be creating their own PCB's, as for AMD in general i think this is where that desired Black PCB may come into effect eventually..
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Originally Posted by mxthunder View Post

Very interesting. I wonder why the change, why not just let third parties create their own non-ref pcb

I guess that that would take more time.

And some companies that don't make their own pcb's will have two options.
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Might be dumb question, but will this hurt overclocking potential since they wont be reference?
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Crap, this will make the waiting game punitive. Time to get the v1 now.
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Originally Posted by tsm106 View Post

Crap, this will make the waiting game punitive. Time to get the v1 now.

Why?

The 7970 w/ the cheaper PCB will most likely be cheaper and otherwise you could always get an enthusiast Asus or MSI version later on.
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The new PCB has provisions for two 8-pin PCI Express power inputs, an 8+2 phase analog VRM (probably uses an affordable CHIL controller) and a different display output connector loadout (good for two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort). 12 GGD5 chips can be inset just fine as well.

That will hurt overclocking. Not to mention two 8-pin power inputs rather than a 6+8 means less power efficiency.
     
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MSI HD7970 Power Edition with Twin Frozr III anyone?
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post #10 of 35
This sounds like the XFX cheaper pcb fiasco all over again that was witnessed with the Radeon HD 4XXX series.
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