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Powercolor makes a smaller design 3870x2

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Nitro-Max, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. Nitro-Max

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    Jizzler says thanks.
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    Smaller case + Compact HD3870 X2 = heat, lots of it. I'd rather buy a cheap $20 bigger case than a compact card that could be priced higher than the reference design cards.
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    either that or ATI had an inefficient PCB layout
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    okay here's the pic, courtesy 'Fudzilla'
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    1. The PLX PCI-E lane arbiter is partly exposed. I'm sure it has no contact with the heatsink, it does heat up.
    2. The cooler looks extremely dense.
    3. There's no expansion slot vent for the cooler to push air out.
    4. I can already spot a couple of electrolytic capacitors.
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    I'd like to see under that cooler to see how the gpu's and mem are arranged.
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    Well i thought id post it any cos some people have micro atx / cube cases with not alot of room and normally just one pci-e 16x slot and at the momemt its still they best option if they want to go dual with one card especially if they arent into heavy overclocking the 3870x2 isnt a great overclocker anyway.
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    TBH, this seems kind of pointless as the amount of space saved by the shorter card will be negated by the fact that you have to plug 2 pcie cables into the back (as opposed to from underneath like the reference ones).

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