A friendly mole sent me pictures of ATI’s DX10 R600 videocard – I can’t vouch that these are “real”, but nevertheless looks interesting:
The fan on the heatsink bears a label from Millennium Electronics (MEI); this is a blower configuration:
This company does exist and in fact produces thermal solutions for OEM customers. The fan is 24 watts, so this is NOT a puny air mover by any means; I am trying to get fan specs on this and will update if I get more on this – I’m most interested in the probable noise level. A closer view shows what looks like a four heatpipe cooling solution:
Note that there appears to be a cover on the blower which can be opened – I would guess for cleaning. You can also see that there is a plastic cover over the heatsink’s fins – a closer view of the heatpipes:
The power requirements for the videocard:
And finally the digital outputs and the fan exhaust port – note that this card takes up two slots:
Cooling always interests me and GPU cooling is a real challenge – Considering the apparent system resistances of the cooling solution, I wonder how quiet ATI’s DX10 R600 will be; I would not be surprised to see some kind of thermal monitoring to tie fan speeds to GPU heat – a supposition on my part.
Tags: Systems & Components