So a total of 450w available to the card, 525w if they changed to 3x8-pins...
I really can't see that as being for anything other than show(not uncommon for the graphics card industry). A standard HD5970 only pulls 300w maximum, I can't see this card pulling an extra 150w, certainly not an extra 225w. I have full confidence that this card could have managed with just two 8-pins.
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