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PowerColor preparing a passive Radeon HD 4850

by Parm Mann on 14 August 2008, 11:42

Tags: PowerColor HD 4850 , PowerColor (6150.TWO)

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We've been hearing rumours of a passively-cooled Radeon HD 4850 since AMD launched the card back in June.

However, with AMD's fan-cooled reference design providing load temperatures of 81°C, it just didn't seem feasible. Try telling that to PowerColor, though, who appears to be preparing a passively-cooled Radeon HD 4850 SCS3.

The card, pictured above, utilises 54 aluminium fins, an all-copper base and four heatpipes to help keep it cool. The high-rise design, however, rules out users with low-profile HTPC chassis.

Despite the size of the cooler, which will take up at least two slots, we're a little sceptic of its cooling ability. We'd recommend ample airflow if you intend to keep a passive Radeon HD 4850 from frying.

PowerColor is yet to officially confirm the card, and whether or not we'll see it at retail remains unknown.



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Isn't it slightly overpowered for a HTPC, which would be it's main use, I presume?
This would be ideal, I already have too much noise generating equipment.
They are quite toasty cards - I assume good airflow is important?
Intended for side panel off and playing outside in Winter perhaps?

Maybe this suggests a bios change or additional temperature reducing features on the PCB??
benwoodcock
Isn't it slightly overpowered for a HTPC, which would be it's main use, I presume?

Well 'home theatre' can include gaming you know. No need to limit something to playing films or something if you want to use it for something else too. ;)