Originally Posted by dagget3450
If i recall that power draw issue was being looked into and wasnt recreated in thier own internal testing yet? The cooler for ref is not that great but given the price i am not surpirsed. Is it fair to compare the cooler to a previous gpu launch from many generations ago when the node process was much less costly to make? The AIBs may end up with an 8 pin or more. I think AMD's biggest mistake this launch is using reference as the launch card. Would be nice if they had done it like they did with 390x and had AIB's for reviews and launch and sell just a few reference in the mix.
Its pretty fair as the R9 290/X cooler was quite loud.
The power draw issues have been verified by multiple sources with retail cards at this point. The XFX overclocked card is pulling ~140w for just the GPU ASIC itself (with a whopping 22mhz OC), as shown with the on board power monitoring hardware. The memory and VRM eat a good 30-40w at least, putting the total draw up to 170-140w.
The HSF should have been at least a single heatpipe unit with fins going all of the way to the bracket or, ideally a vapor chamber unit with more fins per inch.
Im wondering how badly the card is hurting margin wise for them to have cheaped out this bad on a crucial product launch.