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I smell a BEAST mini-ITX card.
...theres a mini itx?
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Yet again, I must ask, why would the cooler be about 50% longer than the PCB itself? Is that not just a waste of materials?

Perhaps they're just using the same cooler as the 680 for the reference?
 
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Yet again, I must ask, why would the cooler be about 50% longer than the PCB itself? Is that not just a waste of materials?

Again, because the card has certain cooling requirements that would be hard to meet with a shorter cooler.
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Perhaps they're just using the same cooler as the 680 for the reference?

No, this cooler wouldn't fit on a 680.
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Because Nvidia always strive for efficiency and creativity in their products. Nvidia drivers are typically solid. When I had the X1900XTX, the drivers were always giving me issues. The card was solid, the driver support wasn't. In general, ATI wasn't very supportive at the time. Present day, I still see people with AMD cards having the same trouble I had then; and AMD throws drivers out new drivers like once a week.

AMD driver support is fine. You hear people complaining about nVidia drivers too but it doesn't mean definite issues for anyone.
    
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Because Nvidia always strive for efficiency and creativity in their products. Nvidia drivers are typically solid. When I had the X1900XTX, the drivers were always giving me issues. The card was solid, the driver support wasn't. In general, ATI wasn't very supportive at the time. Present day, I still see people with AMD cards having the same trouble I had then; and AMD throws drivers out new drivers like once a week.

Sticking a gk104 gpu on a short pcb is creative and efficient? lolwut? What planet are we living on here
    
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Because Nvidia always strive for efficiency and creativity in their products. Nvidia drivers are typically solid. When I had the X1900XTX, the drivers were always giving me issues. The card was solid, the driver support wasn't. In general, ATI wasn't very supportive at the time. Present day, I still see people with AMD cards having the same trouble I had then; and AMD throws drivers out new drivers like once a week.

Sticking a gk104 gpu on a short pcb is creative and efficient? lolwut? What planet are we living on here

Let me explain it to you

Nvidia: so we released a 680, fastest GPU on earth. Then we released the even bigger 690, for those of you, who have tons of space, tons of power, and want 2 680s.
Community: But what about my small formfactor/case that can't fit a big GPU?
Nvidia: Well this time chaps, we got ya covered, the 670 is half the size of a 680 (rough guess based on pics) with the same die, same vrms, and basically the same specs. (IIRC the current rumor is within 10%.)

Makes perfect sense.
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Because Nvidia always strive for efficiency and creativity in their products. Nvidia drivers are typically solid. When I had the X1900XTX, the drivers were always giving me issues. The card was solid, the driver support wasn't. In general, ATI wasn't very supportive at the time. Present day, I still see people with AMD cards having the same trouble I had then; and AMD throws drivers out new drivers like once a week.

Actually, AMD generally only releases new drivers whenever they release a new GPU; that is, about every two months. I've had zero issues with their drivers and software. I've only had issues with memory modules, but that's the board partner's fault and not AMD's.

If you want to dig ancient history, there were NVIDIA drivers back when the GTX 480 was released that basically shut off the board fan and made the whole thing go kaput.

Personally, I had a PNY 9400GT in which the fan literally melted and therefore stopped spinning. This happened on a cold winter day in Alaska.

In conclusion, it's all irrelevant.
Edited by Neitzluber - 5/7/12 at 8:24pm
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Actually, AMD generally only releases new drivers whenever they release a new GPU; that is, about every two months.

Generally they release one each month.
    
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Generally they release one each month.

That's true.

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/previous/Pages/radeonaiw_vista64.aspx
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