Tuesday, June 4th 2013

Triplex Shows Off Slot-powered Radeon HD 7850

Graphics card maker Triplex, which is more prevalent in the Greater China region, unveiled a new single-slot Radeon HD 7850 2GB graphics card that relies on the PCI-Express slot entirely, for power. It lacks any kind of power input. The card is based on an alternate (more expensive to implement) reference design by AMD, which has been sporadically implemented by other AMD partners. An example is this card by AFOX. Unlike AFOX' card, Triplex' lacks power connectors. The card comes with reference clock speeds of 860 MHz core, and 4.80 GHz memory. It packs 1024 stream processors, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory. Sadly, even for buyers in this part of the world, Triplex' card will be sold only in the OEM channel.
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18 Comments on Triplex Shows Off Slot-powered Radeon HD 7850

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PLSG08
Sorry for this, but what does it mean if its only available to OEM's? If I'm right (and I know I might be wrong) OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Can someone explain what does it mean it ifs only available to OEM's?
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#4
Dj-ElectriC
PC OEM parts usually come out only as integrated parts on a whole system.
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#5
Strider
by: PLSG08
Sorry for this, but what does it mean if its only available to OEM's? If I'm right (and I know I might be wrong) OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Can someone explain what does it mean it ifs only available to OEM's?
OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer

There are "OEM" versions of most video cards, most manufacturers have OEM lines, separate from their retail lines. These are the versions used by compaines, like Dell and others, in mass production pre-built PC's. Where as retail versions are what you buy from places like Newegg.

Some custom PC sites also use OEM parts, such as iBuyPower and CyberPower PC, and many others. Unless a specific brand is listed when you select your parts, then it's probably an OEM part. These are often listed, for example, as just an "AMD Radeon HD 7850" , but no manufacturer is listed.

So many OEM video cards are not branded like retail cards.

Hope that helps. =]
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RCoon
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by: Dj-ElectriC
PC OEM parts usually come out only as integrated parts on a whole system.
i.e. workstations
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#7
Strider
Back on topic.

A single slot 7850 with no additional power requirements. Neat idea. Too bad it's OEM only. These would be great in low-profile builds. The 7850 has enough graphic power for most all gaming loads at 1080, so it would be a good card for use in a Steam Box or high-end HTPC.

Oh well. lol
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RCoon
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by: Strider
I was thinking the exact same thing. Would make for a killer little system. =]
Asus GTX 670 Mini would look and perform way better :D
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#11
Capitan Harlock
by: RCoon
Asus GTX 670 Mini would look and perform way better :D
but its not low power consumption and not single slot xd
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#12
Casecutter
by: btarunr
based on an alternate (more expensive to implement) reference design by AMD
That's an amazing feat for a card that outputs a something like a 130W TDP! Sure there's not a smidgen of headroom to tinker OC'n with, but to have this level of performance prowess and only slot feed! :eek:

AMD has to have some special tweaks to the power section to stay under the need for any auxiliary power connector and still provide 860Mhz. Then what type cooler would you require to dissipate that amount heat all with a single slot, while being decently quiet radial fan? Most OEM's would care about noise. I'd almost think a dual H-P that is all copper base and fins, something like the old X800XT Asus offering came with.

This is more of a feat of engineering... than one might realize, and then for as an OEM only? Why would an OEM care to pay extra for something like this? What does it bring extra to the table that having a PCI-E 6pin and a dual-slot cooler absolutely would impact in what the design. Perhaps it's for some AIO; because generic M-ATX mobo's would almost certainly provide space for the dual slot, I just don’t see many if any OEM tower type chassis really needing or taking advantage of this.
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#13
Sinzia
I have a thing for single slot cards, this would be epic if it was sold retail.
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#14
Strider
by: RCoon
Asus GTX 670 Mini would look and perform way better :D
by: Capitan Harlock
but its not low power consumption and not single slot xd
And I prefer Radeon, it's a personal thing. =P
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#15
shovenose
Well this would be a great card for people with OEM computers with underpowered PSUs with no PCI-Express connectors and insufficient Molex connectors for an adapter.
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#16
Casecutter
by: shovenose
Well this would be a great card for people with OEM computers with underpowered PSUs with no PCI-Express connectors and insufficient Molex connectors for an adapter.
Well, it may possibly, but I'd want to add some good airflow to most OEM tower chassis, it's still dumping the same heat load in the chassis like most any 7850. Then most better OEM PSU's should supply the rated PCI slot power (75W) but some might not. Just because a 6670 didn't need an auxiliary PCI-E, it doesn't mean a 280W PSU could run it. I just don't know if I could trust some of even 350W PSU's that come in such a box's. I'd spend a little time and calculate based on the CPU and components/peripherals you run to see if there's enough oomph left in such a OEM PSU. I'd want a stout 12V+ rating, something more the innards of a good 400W PSU could sustain. It would suck to pay for something like that and have the PSU fry the PCI slot and the card that's plugged into. Consider this card would still crave mostly the same power under load as most any 7850 with a 860Mhz clock, so that begs the question how much power can they save by just reworking the PCB power sections? Even if they had the supposed TDP overstated, and the card normally desires something like 100W TDP, unearthing another 25% reduction without cutting into clock speeds is significantly is still a bunch.
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#17
cedrac18
by: Casecutter
Just because a 6670 didn't need an auxiliary PCI-E, it doesn't mean a 280W PSU could run it. I just don't know if I could trust some of even 350W PSU's that come in such a box's.
Been running a 6670 in an Optiplex 360 Desktop (not the tower) with a 225W PSU for over a year. That machine has 100s of hours of game time on there with no problem. You don't need an I5/I7 to have a great machine just like you don't need a 450W+ PSU to get your game on.
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Casecutter
by: shovenose
OEM computers with underpowered PSUs
by: cedrac18
Been running a 6670 in an Optiplex 360 Desktop (not the tower) with a 225W PSU for over a year. That machine has 100s of hours of game time on there with no problem. You don't need an I5/I7 to have a great machine just like you don't need a 450W+ PSU to get your game on.
Wow... I wouldn't have thought... to try that!
So probably the E2000 in the Mini-Tower Chassis (SFF) which designates a Low-Profile card? The upside Dell is about the only one that's really "de-rates" their PSU especially in the Optiplex builds, which they normally had quality components. Although the 225W wasn’t the best that it could be optioned with, figure there could be a 15-20% additional. Such a PSU could be more like a 260W, it really depends on the 12v+ rating.

Doing a 6670 Low Profile (65W TDP) in a SFF and not have any other high power additional components is working for you. Looks like such a box would calculate (inclucing the 6670) to need about 225W recommendation. I'd take concern with air flow and making sure the PSU isn't ingesting the extra heat form the 6670. Most often a good OEM PSU do good at exceeding their rating as long as it isn't having to deal with add intake heat, while it runs it internal component at elevated temperatures.
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