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AMD Radeon HD 7970 Reference Board Design Detailed, Single Slot Capable - Finally!

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AMD Radeon HD 7970 launch is just around the corner. Ahead of its launch, AMD conducted its usual press briefing. DonanimHaber has access to some of the slides shown in that meeting. Earlier this day, we brought you perhaps the most important of them all, specifications. Let's take a look at the reference board design itself. AMD is sticking to the black+red colour scheme, and has come up with a swanky new cooling assembly design. The design, unlike those of higher-end Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards, is surprisingly curvy and features dashes of red plastic making up its contours, surrounded by tougher black ABS.

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Lots o AMD news today
 
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the card has one DVI, one HDMI, and two mini-DisplayPort connectors, all arranged in the confines of a single expansion slot
Why it took so long for this? Was it that hard? Just leave the top slot for the cooling.
 
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All board partners are required to ship HDMI-to-DVI dongles, and active mini-DP dongles.
My first thought when seeing the display outputs was would i need anything extra to run eyefinity with my 3 DVI monitors, this i think is a great move that should have been done with the 58xx and 69xx cards but better late than never.

I love the cooler design and full slot vent but i am very curious about the change of the acoustics of the fan as with a vapor chamber heatsink and higher than normal fan speeds my 6970 runs relatively cool but the sound is right on the edge of annoying yet a slight change in volume or frequency may make it a lot more comfortable.

I hope the improved acoustics will be covered in the TPU review and explain if it is just a reduction in noise level or if there is any change in frequency.
 
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Not that we had any doubts but computerbase has slides that confirm DX11.1 and PCIE 3.0.
 
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Just take my money already!!

Who wants 2x 4850 very nice great shape :D

 
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Please show backplate @_@
 
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I wonder if the reference fan is actually quiet enough or wait for non-reference?.

THe 5870 reference fan was pretty much silent at game load, the 6970 reference was pretty much noisy at game load. With a cooler running GPU and new gen vapour chamber this might be silent too under game load.....hopefully.
 
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:roll::D look At the PCB It`s Black yes All black ...you know ounce you go black ..you don`t go back....:nutkick:
 
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My first thought when seeing the display outputs was would i need anything extra to run eyefinity with my 3 DVI monitors, this i think is a great move that should have been done with the 58xx and 69xx cards but better late than never.
I think this is a great move too, but I do wonder how much additional cost it will bring to the card. Most of these adapters run about $25, and including two could bring the cost up some, which sucks for anyone running a single monitor that will never use the adapters.
 
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I think this is a great move too, but I do wonder how much additional cost it will bring to the card. Most of these adapters run about $25, and including two could bring the cost up some, which sucks for anyone running a single monitor that will never use the adapters.
That's how much they charge people for them, they probably only cost $1 to make so they'll probably just charge for the cost of item + shipping ( if we're lucky) or just add $5 to the cost of the card so they still make some profit.
 

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I wonder if the reference fan is actually quiet enough or wait for non-reference?.

THe 5870 reference fan was pretty much silent at game load, the 6970 reference was pretty much noisy at game load. With a cooler running GPU and new gen vapour chamber this might be silent too under game load.....hopefully.
I have had 5 reference 5870's. Not one of them was quiet. If you got a quiet one, you got lucky.

My reference 6950 is dead quiet. My non-reference 6950 is a little whiner.:laugh:
 
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I have had 5 reference 5870's. Not one of them was quiet. If you got a quiet one, you got lucky.

My reference 6950 is dead quiet. My non-reference 6950 is a little whiner.:laugh:
I just hope they aren't noisy as my 6990s are :laugh: (i know i know dual gpu etc :p)
 
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LMFHO to above post.
This looks like a AMD launch dream. Something they need real bad.
 
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Please tell me my water block will fit.
 
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I am very sorry but this aint a leak and pointing fingers towards DH is pointless, every website that is planning\reviewing those graphics cards get the sliders.
Im really getting tired of file-holders supposedly leaking sliders
 
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Please tell me my water block will fit.
It won't fit if it is a full cover waterblock, you can just take a look at the Vram chips difference
 
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:toast:just might be time for an upgrade:D
 

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I will again consider AMD cards for my next upgrade. No single slot was a deal breaker for me.
 
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Win

AMD will WIN. all im gonna say
 
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Definitely thinking about getting a 7950. Would be a nice upgrade over my 6870.