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Old January 7, 2013, 11:14 AM
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Wow. What a novel cooling system. About time we see an LCS for a video card. I wonder if we'll ever see aftermarket LCS's at all, or if the current crop of GPU's are just so damn efficient that a single GPU card would never warrant such a solution.

Anyways, I can't wait to see some benchmarks from this thing. I'm not entirely convinced that AMD has caught up to Nvidia when it comes to Crossfire vs SLI efficiency and scaling (as was shown with the Devil 13). I suppose it may have to do with the bridge chip that is inevitably included on this card.


Sky, maybe you can explain something to me.

The new generation of chips (Tahiti and Kepler) are arguably more efficient than their predecessors (Cayman and Fermi) providing more performance with lower power consumption.

Look at the comparison here between the 7970 vs the 6970. The 7970 is drawing 9 less peak watts than the 6970.

So, why then, does the 'new' generation of AMD Dual GPU cards (Devil 13 & Ares II) require three 8-pin power connectors, while the previous, more power hungry dual GPU 6990 required only two? What makes these new dual GPU cards so much more power hungry than their predecessor, or even the GTX690?

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