Tuesday, October 26th 2010

ColorFire Designs Custom Radeon HD 6850 with Zalman VF-3000 GPU Cooler

Chinese graphics card manufacturer ColorFire designed a new non-reference design AMD Radeon HD 6850 graphics card that that uses a stronger VRM and a Zalman VF-3000 GPU cooler. The PCB sets the red color-scheme, and the cooler keeps up with it, using a hot rod looking shroud. The card uses a 7+1 phase VRM that draws power from two 6-pin power connectors, facilitating high clock speeds. The PCB also holds two CFBI fingers, indicating the card to support 3-way and 4-way CrossFireX. Low-latency (0.5 ns) GDDR5 memory chips by Hynix are used.

The VF-3000 has some hefty credentials, it can handle very high thermal loads. The cooler makes use of a dense aluminum fin array that is ventilated by two 90 mm fans. The exact clock speeds are not known. Display connectivity includes one each of DVI, D-Sub, HDMI 1.4, and DisplayPort 1.2. Like every other HD 6850, this one packs 960 stream processors, and supports the latest graphics APIs such as DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.x. It's not known if ColorFire will market this card outside China.

Source: PCOnline.com.cn
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25 Comments on ColorFire Designs Custom Radeon HD 6850 with Zalman VF-3000 GPU Cooler

#1
NdMk2o1o
Wow what a waste of time they should have done this to the 6870 pointless on anything lower, and a 3 slot cooler, good luck trying tri/quad crossfire :rolleyes:
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#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
AMD isn't allowing custom HD 6870 at the moment.
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#3
DriedFrogPills
though designed? really, designed? no that is more like they just slapped a third party cooler on it and went to the pub at lunch time and didn't come back
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: DriedFrogPills
though designed? really, designed? no that is more like they just slapped a third party cooler on it and went to the pub at lunch time and didn't come back
No, they designed their own PCB.
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#5
bear jesus
It's good to see that custom models can do more than two way crossfire, i would have prefered this to be a 6870 (but i wont buy it anyway as i have 2 stock cards coming tomorrow... i hope :laugh:) and it does make me laugh that a card with the ability to do 4 way crossfire would need a motherboard with 12 slots due to the huge cooler... do any motherboard have 12 slots, or 10 if the bottom card can hang over the edge.

I can't wait to see what other cutom models will be coming out but i admit it would have to be a custom 2gb 6970 or 580 for me to consider it within the coming months and they are not even out yet :laugh:
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#6
NdMk2o1o
by: DriedFrogPills
though designed? really, designed? no that is more like they just slapped a third party cooler on it and went to the pub at lunch time and didn't come back
:slap: Do you know what non reference means? :laugh::toast:

High end boards like the Asus WS supercomputer have 8 for 4x dual slot cards but thats it so only tri crossfire would be possible if the last card was overhanging. Though you wouldn't buy a high end motherboard and 3 mid range cards imo...
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#7
983264
Looks like this card can have a tri or quad crossfire configurations...
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#8
TIGR
by: bear jesus
....4 way crossfire would need a motherboard with 12 slots due to the huge cooler... do any motherboard have 12 slots, or 10 if the bottom card can hang over the edge....
The only way to do it would be with PCI Express risers. A single or dual card setup with higher-end GPUs would make more sense anyway.
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#9
MikeX
bottle necked by CCC overclock limits...
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#10
bear jesus
by: MikeX
bottle necked by CCC overclock limits...
Thus why you use some better software to oc it :p
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#11
Swamp Monster
Nice to see non-reference PCB, but how are those VRM cooled? looks like there isn't any heat sink on them. Also easy to repair if something goes wrong :pimp:
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#12
nINJAkECIL
by: Swamp Monster
Nice to see non-reference PCB, but how are those VRM cooled? looks like there isn't any heat sink on them. Also easy to repair if something goes wrong :pimp:
the 2nd fan blows air directly into the VRM area,through the fins on the heatsink.

maybe this card built to break any 6850 records? while others only do dual-card CF setup, this one can do 3 or 4-card CF setup.

too bad only chinese guy will get a hand on this one though.
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#13
trt740
I have this cooler on my 5850 it will be ice cold on a 6000 series card.
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#14
bigboi86
by: MikeX
bottle necked by CCC overclock limits...
Yeah what a silly statement.

Not only are there ways of increasing the CCC OC limits but there is better software like rivatuner that you can use.
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#16
Gzero
by: nINJAkECIL
the 2nd fan blows air directly into the VRM area,through the fins on the heatsink.
Enjoy your overly hot card. :P
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#17
_JP_
And yet, the original VF-3000A retail cooler is still only meant for reference HD 5800 cards...
Good try by ColorFire anyway...
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#18
kn00tcn
give me custom coolers that blow out the back, not into the case
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#19
W1zzard
by: btarunr
No, they designed their own PCB.
barts is pin compatible to cypress. so they probably used a hd 5800 pcb (which they designed)
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#20
[H]@RD5TUFF
This seems both pointless, and excessive, and 3 slots?!
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#21
DaedalusHelios
by: bear jesus
It's good to see that custom models can do more than two way crossfire.
by: 983264
Looks like this card can have a tri or quad crossfire configurations...
If the drivers support it then yes it would be good. I don't think it would have driver support though. Kind of like the 9800gtx's or 9800gt's that had extra prongs.
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#22
pantherx12
by: Gzero
Enjoy your overly hot card. :P
There is a lot of mosfets considering the power of the card, so load should be distributed fairly well.

Although look at how nicely aligned they are could buy a pack of these and get nice cooling for 1.99

I mean they should of done this themselves but at-least it's not difficult for us.
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#23
bear jesus
by: pantherx12
There is a lot of mosfets considering the power of the card, so load should be distributed fairly well.

Although look at how nicely aligned they are could buy a pack of these and get nice cooling for 1.99

I mean they should of done this themselves but at-least it's not difficult for us.
I agree, plus adding your own gives you the option to use copper as most companys almost always use aluminum.
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#24
fortloki
does this applicable for ATI HD 6870? i'm planning to mod one.. :D
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#25
Gzero
by: pantherx12
There is a lot of mosfets considering the power of the card, so load should be distributed fairly well.

Although look at how nicely aligned they are could buy a pack of these and get nice cooling for 1.99 http://www.crazypc.com/images/coolers/chip/a1978/a1978ramsinksfull.jpg

I mean they should of done this themselves but at-least it's not difficult for us.
Well if your going to fit your own mosfet cooling, then might as well clean the block and use your own paste. Both will probably void your warranty though. :(
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