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MSI Releases R4890 Cyclone Series Graphics Cards

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MSI today announced the R4890 Cyclone graphics card. This Radeon HD 4890 card uses the same basic design as its R4870 Cyclone, and a lite version of AMD's reference PCB. The card first surfaced in May, during the run-up for the Computex event. The card's star attraction is the cooler, consisting of a GPU heatsink with radially-projecting aluminum fins, from this heatsink about four 8 mm heat-pipes arise, conveying heat to two suspended, curved aluminum fin blocks on either sides of the heatsink. The cooler is nucleated with a 10 cm PWM-controlled fan. The memory and VRM areas are care of this cooler's air-flow.

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What does the R stand for?
 
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Wow that cooler looks huge! Is it even crossfireable?
 
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I think it's tough, unless you have it on one of the bottom PCI-E slots, with a normal HD 4890 on top.



Cooler is blocking one of the CFX fingers. The other is just about passable.
 

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cant they hire military class translators for their press releases? the english is just horrible in that pr
 
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I think it's tough, unless you have it on one of the bottom PCI-E slots, with a normal HD 4890 on top.

Cooler is blocking one of the CFX fingers. The other is just about passable.
That's what I meant.
 

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lol I wonder how smart they are leaving those vrms uncovered
 
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Hey, neat -- didn't see anything about it in the article, but I thought all 4890's had one 6-pin and one 8-pin power connector? I just see two 6-pin's with this one.
 

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Hey, neat -- didn't see anything about it in the article, but I thought all 4890's had one 6-pin and one 8-pin power connector? I just see two 6-pin's with this one.
A big majority of HD 4890 cards have two 6-pin connectors. You may be right that a good number of ~1 GHz HD 4890s come with 6+8 pin connectors.
 
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Military Class Components - Hi-c CAP
In order to provide consumers longer life and better quality products, MSI R4890 Cyclone series uses high quality Hi-c CAP to supply better GPU electricity. Hi-c CAP is comprised by rear Tantalum which is an extremely expensive but steady metal. Under 65 degrees Celsius operating environment, Hi-c CAP can last over 200 years life long which overtakes all the solid capacitors and is the best capacitor in the industry. Furthermore, Tantalum's high stability greatly reduces electricity less package and provides high quality power supply. Under the condition of overclocking and high temperature, MSI R4890 Cyclone series can still provide stable performance.

Military Class Components - SSC (Solid State Choke)
MSI R4890 Cyclone series carries brand new all-in-one solid state choke which effectively reduces high frequency noise under heavy system loading. Meanwhile, SSC can increase the maximum current value and provides three times current value than traditional chokes. Therefore, SSC can provide stable current when under extreme overclocking.

Military Class Components - Solid CAP
Capacitor is one of the most important power supply components. Good capacitor plays a critical role in system stability. Liquid and solid capacitors are the two main capacitors in the market. Solid capacitor has longer life span than Liquid. Under the high frequency and high temperature operating environment, solid capacitor provides even more stable power supply. Moreover, solid capacitor contains no liquid, leaking accident will not occur. To ensure best product quality, MSI R4890 Cyclone series adopts Solid CAP.

Source: MSI
It seems like not too many companies out there are taking the time and implementing a design thats different from reference, let alone the use of higher quality materials. I think that any Teir 1 company who manufactures their own cards/designs with or without OC's should include some if not all of these innovations/technologies into their video cards.
 

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I like that cooler. I think the fan blows down so in essence it is cooling the VRMS.
 
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I like that cooler. I think the fan blows down so in essence it is cooling the VRMS.
Probably burn up without adequate case ventilation, though.

I wouldn't use it like that. Stock cooler is bad, but this is just scary.
 
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Took some sweet time for MSI to get these out...
First pics were circling online immediately after HD4890 launch.
 
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Mmm, nice, but that military stuff makes me rofl.