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Thursday, 25 November 2010 10:03

PowerColor rolls out passive HD6850

Written by Fudzilla staff



Probably the fastest passive board around

PowerColor has announced the world’s first passive Radeon HD 6850 board, but the card is still undergoing some last minute tweaks and it’s not available just yet.

It is reference clocked, 775MHz for the core and 4000MHz for the memory and it will be marketed under PowerColor’s SCS3 brand. Of course, it’s a dual slot card, as the massive heatpipe packing cooler needs some breathing room.

After all, it has to deal with 127W, quite a bit more than we usually see on passive cards.

PowerColor6850passive

 

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+10 #1 1d10t 2010-11-25 12:47
Quote:
Probably the fastest passive board around


nope..this is already the fastest :D

Powercolor should have black PCB...it will match those beasty heatsink.Take a two of these and you will have most advanced gaming rig that suit in HTPC cases :D
 
 
+8 #2 East17 2010-11-25 14:12
Nice. Although its weird why any manufacturer still make the heatsinks and heatpipes sit UNDER the card when the card is mounted into a tower while ASUS introduced the heatpipes that go on top of the card over half a decade ago. Why are they still using this underperformant design?
 
 
-29 #3 nuliknol 2010-11-25 14:22
I am sorry, what do you mean by "passive" board? I have been doing GPGPU computing for about 2 years and never heard about this "passive" stuff. What is it ?
 
 
+7 #4 mrgerbik 2010-11-25 14:54
I should've waited around for a card like this, instead of a vanilla 6850...

oh well, maybe AC or another company will offer a similar cooling solution seperatly
 
 
+5 #5 The_Countess 2010-11-25 15:23
Quoting East17:
Nice. Although its weird why any manufacturer still make the heatsinks and heatpipes sit UNDER the card when the card is mounted into a tower


because, depending of the design the motherboard, there is a good chance a thick cooler on top of the card might conflict with the CPU cooler.
or in a crossfire situation, conflicted wit the cooler of the top card if it has the cooler underneath.
sure its a better cooling solution, but it is worth the extra incomparability ?
 
 
0 #6 prod 2010-11-25 16:20
mrgerbik, these days we have cases being made which address this issue.

This obviously makes a lot more sense then redoing the ATX specifications.
 
 
+7 #7 thomasg 2010-11-25 16:49
Quoting nuliknol:
I am sorry, what do you mean by "passive" board? I have been doing GPGPU computing for about 2 years and never heard about this "passive" stuff. What is it ?


It means there's no fan and therefore theoretically, no noise.
 
 
+6 #8 Wolfdale 2010-11-25 19:12
definatly a very nice card, but as someone suggested,
i doubt it would preform that well if you stick two of them in a htpc case (assuming you make the htpc as passive as can be, considering you talk about passive gpu)

that would be one giant heat-hole.., specially with 2 of them allmost hugging eachothers heatsinks..
a passive heatsink is pretty useless if you dont have at least *some* airflow going across it..

the good side is, these sort of cards, are EXCELLENT coolers if you put a 120x120mm fan on it :)

compare it with the thermalright 120v cpu cooler.. it works fine on itself, but if you put fans on it, it rocks the temp-charts :)
 
 
-5 #9 DJDestiny 2010-11-25 21:11
Quoting Wolfdale:
definatly a very nice card, but as someone suggested,
i doubt it would preform that well if you stick two of them in a htpc case (assuming you make the htpc as passive as can be, considering you talk about passive gpu)

that would be one giant heat-hole.., specially with 2 of them allmost hugging eachothers heatsinks..
a passive heatsink is pretty useless if you dont have at least *some* airflow going across it..

the good side is, these sort of cards, are EXCELLENT coolers if you put a 120x120mm fan on it :)

compare it with the thermalright 120v cpu cooler.. it works fine on itself, but if you put fans on it, it rocks the temp-charts :)

Let's see you mount the "fans"
 
 
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