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Oh lawdy lawd lawds. Amd isa gonna go unda because specops doesnt like the reference cooler. rolleyes.gif

Now what exactly is your problem? They don't have to undo anything, but I also don't have to buy one of those turbines ever again. I've had two reference Caymans and four reference Tahitis so if Hawaii looks like more of the same except for even more heat to dissipate, I think I'm entitled to be worried. Especially since I really, really, REALLY want a blower type cooler and there most likely still won't be any custom cards with one of those even if and when the custom models arrive.

So yes, it looks bad. There was a very explicit promise by AMD a few months ago that they would get better reference coolers out but from the looks of it, they haven't done much if anything to rework their previous design.
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post #32 of 163
they should have put a vapor chamber on it like they did on titans, idk how effective heatpipes would be with a blower style cooler lol
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post #33 of 163
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they should have put a vapor chamber on it like they did on titans, idk how effective heatpipes would be with a blower style cooler lol

It totally looks like a vapor chamber base.

Besides, a vapor chamber is just a flat heatpipe displacing fluid upwards instead of sideways tongue.gif
   
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post #34 of 163
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It totally looks like a vapor chamber base.

Besides, a vapor chamber is just a flat heatpipe displacing fluid upwards instead of sideways tongue.gif

would be interesting if it was a vapor chamber and they just neglected to tell us tongue.gif
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post #35 of 163
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It totally looks like a vapor chamber base.

Besides, a vapor chamber is just a flat heatpipe displacing fluid upwards instead of sideways tongue.gif

Its vapor based. tongue.gif

Also 4 heatpipes do the same job as a vapor chamber.
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post #36 of 163
Finally its been years since AMD made a reference design that didn't look like crap. I'm liking how this card is shaping up to be. The only thing I think is kinda bad is how they decided not to include crossfire bridges. Sure PCI-E 3.0 is fast enough to run run thees cards with out one but there are still a lot of very fast platforms that are only PCI-E 2.0. I really want to see a comparison benchmark made about this.

As for the cooling it really looks as good as an blower style cooler can be. Its fin array is as large as it can be with a full size vapor chamber base and for thees types of cooler a vapor chamber is usually considered superior to heat pipes. If anything I would be worried about the VRM cooling.
    
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post #37 of 163
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Finally its been years since AMD made a reference design that didn't look like crap. I'm liking how this card is shaping up to be. The only thing I think is kinda bad is how they decided not to include crossfire bridges. Sure PCI-E 3.0 is fast enough to run run thees cards with out one but there are still a lot of very fast platforms that are only PCI-E 2.0. I really want to see a comparison bench mark made about this.

As for the cooling it really looks as good as an blower style cooler can be. Its fin array is as large as it can be with a full size vapor chamber base and for thees types of cooler a vapor chamber is usually considered superior to heat pipes. If anything I would be worried about the VRM cooling.

You dont need pcie 3.0 to run cf over pcie. If you want to run more than 2 290x then probably you should look for a sbe system
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post #38 of 163
the vrm cooling definitely feels overlooked, nice job on the vapor chamber though, didnt expect that.
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so pretty... drool.gif
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I wonder whats the length of the card?
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