Wednesday, September 9th 2009

AMD Cypress Graphics Accelerator Pictured

Here's the first sighting of a fully-assembled upcoming AMD Cypress "Radeon HD 5870" accelerator. This photo-shoot comes a couple of days ahead of its unveiling to the press tomorrow. Here's our very first thoughts on what we see:
  • The accelerator is unusually long for a single-GPU one from AMD. The company wouldn't splurge too much on aesthetics (especially lengthening the PCB), if there's no need for it to do so. Apparently there is.
  • Connectivity options galore. With two DVI-D, and one each of DisplayPort and HDMI, AMD promises it can handle three display-heads per GPU.
  • The components behind the GPU area (exposed) indicates the GPU to be somewhat large
  • History tells us that AMD uses a backplate only if it finds a real utility in it, such as cooling additional memory chips or VRM components. This card has a large, almost full-coverage backplate.
What surfaced months ago on sources such as ChipHell, which was then ridiculed for accuracy, has finally taken shape. If anything, Cypress does look like it means business. Expect further details to be out soon. Cypress is codename for AMD's next-generation DirectX 11 compliant graphics processor in the high-performance segment.
* Images removed at request of AMD *Source: Tweakers.net
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188 Comments on AMD Cypress Graphics Accelerator Pictured

#1
trt740
thats big man, and I gotta say that's freaking ugly.
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#2
human_error
:eek: can't wait until tomorrow's announcements now... (does this leak show that review samples are already out at select review sites?)
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#3
Zubasa
by: trt740
thats big man, and I gotta say that's freaking ugly.
It will actually look gorgeous if they remove those stupid red vents in the end of the card. :respect:
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#5
W1zzard
as far as i know tomorrow is only NDA press briefings .. public launch is later this month ..
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#6
TheMailMan78
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by: W1zzard
as far as i know tomorrow is only NDA press briefings .. public launch is later this month ..
So does that mean a paper launch tomorrow?
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#7
erocker
I like the red vents. :(
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#8
TheMailMan78
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by: erocker
I like the red vents. :(
WTF is there not to love! Look at the size of that thing! :rockout:
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#9
TheGuruStud
I wish both of them would completely get rid of these crap fans. No cards are single slot any longer. They don't blow much air and sound like a hair dryer. Useless for O/cing or even keeping the card below nuclear fusion. :mad:
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#10
btarunr
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by: TheMailMan78
So does that mean a paper launch tomorrow?
No launch tomorrow. The card will be demoed/talked-about to the press. Launch later this month. At least in the run up, you can expect some sites from the East to fart out all the info you'll need.
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#11
TheMailMan78
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by: btarunr
No launch tomorrow. The card will be demoed/talked-about to the press. Launch later this month. At least in the run up, you can expect some sites from the East to fart out all the info you'll need.
Any specs or just pretty pictures?
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#12
JATownes
Where do you plug the PCIE power?? I am not seeing anywhere to give the card power. Unless it is in the "vents"
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#13
enaher
wow that looks vey powerfull for 299$, that thing runs hot, Ati would never use such a cooler unless it's really needed:rockout:
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#14
erocker
by: JATownes
Where do you plug the PCIE power?? I am not seeing anywhere to give the card power. Unless it is in the "vents"
At the top, the same side as the CrossFire connectors. Look at the side of a GTX2XX series. I would assume right around the same position.
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#15
Zubasa
by: erocker
I like the red vents. :(
The red vents will look great if they streamline them to the hull of the card.
Now it just looks like 2 pieces of cheap plastic sticking out of the card. :(

by: erocker
At the top, the same side as the CrossFire connectors. Look at the side of a GTX2XX series. I would assume right around the same position.
Same as the 4870X2 and 3870X2 before it. (Well not exactly... But at lease they don't get in the way.)
It is a good idea, because quite a few instances that the card will actually fit in the case, but the power plugs and wires get in the way. :nutkick:
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#16
wahdangun
waw, i can't wait until tomorrow. i hope i can see some benches
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#17
MRCL
Damn, this card looks like it means business.
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#18
lemonadesoda
by: TheMailMan78
WTF is there not to love! Look at the size of that thing! :rockout:
... that's what she said
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#19
YinYang.ERROR
by: MRCL
Damn, this card looks like it means business.
YES and that business is converting cool air into hot air and graphics :D


Anyone know if this would fit in a CM690 case?
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#20
Zubasa
by: YinYang.ERROR
YES and that business is converting cool air into hot air and graphics :D


Anyone know if this would fit in a CM690 case?
I will assume yes. ;)
Since the buggest reference desktop card ever made by ATi is 10.5".
AND with the plugs done properly this time.
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#21
tigger
I'm the only one
For all i care,it could look like a 50yr old hooker.Its the performance that matters for me.
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#22
MRCL
Those vents could be very useful. Then the fan can not only suck air from directly above (ie below) it, but also from the back. So if you have a fan in front of the HDD cage, this means plenty of fresh more or less cold air for the card. Which in turn means less noise. I'm looking forward to more info.
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#23
Zubasa
by: tigger
For all i care,it could look like a 50yr old hooker.Its the performance that matters for me.
Well... The look do tell you something.
The card with only half an exhuast will likely NOT cool as well as it can be. :shadedshu
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#24
lemonadesoda
Fugly. Too long. Air flow is inefficient. Bad design.

Certainly looks "stealthy" though!

AMD really need to get some fluid-dynamics grads on their design team to improve their cooler designs.

PS. More people have WIDER cases than spare DEPTH. They should "break" the PCI slot height max, make the card taller (for efficient fan cooling setup) and shorter. Yes, it wont fit narrow floor mounted cases (or low height desktop cases), but for the enthusiast... they dont have such setups.
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#25
Zubasa
by: lemonadesoda
Fugly. Too long. Air flow is inefficient. Bad design.

Certainly looks "stealthy" though!

AMD really need to get some fluid-dynamics grads on their design team to improve their cooler designs.
Not when you are in infrared vision :nutkick:
It will look as bright as the sun.
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