Thursday, April 14th 2011

PowerColor HD 6850 SCS3 Silent Graphics Card Final Iteration Pictured

Perhaps the fastest silent graphics card in the making, PowerColor's new HD 6850 SCS3 finally taken shape, and will launch soon. The card was spotted first in November 2010, but has since undergone many little changes, particularly with its PCB and components. The card is designed to draw power from one 6-pin power connector, and run the GPU at reference speeds, while relying entirely on a massive heatsink to cool it. The heatsink uses five copper heat pipes to draw heat directly from the GPU, and through the large aluminum fin array. The HD 6850 features 960 stream processors, and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory over a 256-bit wide memory interface.

Source: VR-Zone
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31 Comments on PowerColor HD 6850 SCS3 Silent Graphics Card Final Iteration Pictured

#1
gumpty
I assume you will need pretty decent airflow in your case for this beast, but still ... it's pretty damn neat.
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#2
cheesy999
by: gumpty
I assume you will need pretty decent airflow in your case for this beast, but still ... it's pretty damn neat.
by the looks of it it'll need its own separate case just so the heatsink will fit, and they could of at least made it look nice, it looks like someone's put a graphics card in a radiator:laugh:
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#3
tigger
I'm the only one
Reminds me of a sandwhich :)
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#4
theJesus
I actually like the look for some reason. Oh, and it also looks like they still left room for the crossfire connector :)
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#5
Yukikaze
Looks like a CPU tower cooler devouring a HD6850 for lunch. I love it :)
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#6
Zubasa
by: cheesy999
by the looks of it it'll need its own separate case just so the heatsink will fit, and they could of at least made it look nice, it looks like someone's put a graphics card in a radiator:laugh:
As long as it is effective, it does not need to be fancy.
Any unnecessary parts will only serve to hinder airflow.
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#7
theubersmurf
W.T.H. Leaving the temperature up to the ambient temperature of the case seems like a bad idea to me. I get the feeling the best way to make sure the card is sufficiently cooled is to attach a fan...destroying it's value as a silent card.
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#8
adulaamin
by: Zubasa
As long as it is effective, it does not need to be fancy.
Any unnecessary parts will only serve to hinder airflow.
and increase price... :)
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#9
SteelSix
by: Yukikaze
Looks like a CPU tower cooler devouring a HD6850 for lunch. I love it :)
Sure does. Interesting design..
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#10
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I'd like one of these (heatsinks) for my 6950.

:D
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#12
CharlO
by: theubersmurf
W.T.H. Leaving the temperature up to the ambient temperature of the case seems like a bad idea to me. I get the feeling the best way to make sure the card is sufficiently cooled is to attach a fan...destroying it's value as a silent card.
What's your case temp? Mine is around 28 C, and the card is never lower than 40...
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#13
MikeMurphy
You know why I love huge passive heatsinks?

Because when you zap-strap on a $5 fan you end up with insanely great cooling.
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#14
Reeves-81
holy giant heatsink Batman! :eek:
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#15
tonyd223
carbon nanotube - when are they coming?
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#16
Jarman
i think they are on for release next year with intel's new 16nm graphene transistor based CPUs :)
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#17
arnoo1
If you ask me, they should have placed the fins horizontal so it can catch the airflow of the case
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#18
hv43082
Without looking at the title I thought it was a new CPU tower heatsink, lol.
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#19
u2konline
by: tigger
Reminds me of a sandwhich :)
you enjoy eating hard sandwiches huh?
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#20
SirMango
It would be nice if passively-cooled video cards like this one came with mounting hardware for an optional fan.

That way, end-users can add a quiet/silent fan if they wanted to.

Edit: Zip-ties are okay, but they are prone transmit vibration. A bit of silicone/rubber between the heatsink and the fan would be okay though.
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#21
D4S4
by: MikeMurphy
You know why I love huge passive heatsinks?

Because when you zap-strap on a $5 fan you end up with insanely great cooling.
oh yeah. :toast:
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#22
OneMoar
steps for awesome
order
strap a 120 Noctua N-P14 flx to the heatsink with zippy ties
overclock and unlock
profit ?????
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#23
tigger
I'm the only one
by: u2konline
you enjoy eating hard sandwiches huh?
Well it kinda does look like one, or a graphics card getting a cuddle off a heatsink :)
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#24
pantherx12
I like it!

This + silent sidepanel fan ( 20cm for example) would be an epic combo.

2 of these in crossfire= pure win.
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#25
Thefumigator
2 of these in crossfire and your PC would look more like a car engine
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