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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 12:29

Cayman goes full monty

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Looks pretty clean
After a picture of the HD 6970 it has just been a matter of time before the Cayman based card goes full monty.

The design of the PCB looks surprisingly clean and this time we are looking at a 6+2-phase digital PWM voltage regulation design that gets power from 8+6-pin PCI-Express connector, so in this case we are talking about Cayman XT, or simply, the HD 6970.

The card has 2GB of memory and all the chips are located on the front side. We aren't quite sure what is the purpose of the backplate, possibly to keep the VRM cooled. The GPU is angled positioned, something that we've seen before on AMD cards.

The rest is left for tomorrow, once AMD officially takes the NDA down. You can find the pictures here.

AMD_RadeonHD6970PCB_1


Last modified on Tuesday, 14 December 2010 13:26
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+17 #1 hellfire 2010-12-14 13:31
as for me its lookin good. and thanks to new 2Gbit chips there are only 8 of them, not 16 like on 5870E6 card
 
 
+14 #2 arclight 2010-12-14 13:44
Surprinsingly clean. Where are all the pointy stuff?
 
 
-15 #3 Nerdmaster 2010-12-14 13:48
This picture was out for hours. Fuad is late... ;-)
Probably we will have a review in some hours.
 
 
+15 #4 MortenA 2010-12-14 15:17
How come movies, games etc. can be reviewed before launch date but hardware can't ?, - i cant wait to read that review !.
 
 
+9 #5 The_Countess 2010-12-14 17:29
Quoting MortenA:
How come movies, games etc. can be reviewed before launch date but hardware can't ?, - i cant wait to read that review !.


the theory is that it hurts sales of current generation products.
so if you have reviews of future hardware ahead of time, or worse still, performance info from the companies themselves, it means they current products aren't selling anyway and they hope to steal some of the competitors thunder.

example of this are: phenom2, Fermi,
core1, and the good old Prescott.
some have done great, some all right, and some down right sucked.
so all a hardware review ahead of time will tell you is that their current products suck.
 
 
+3 #6 tekken 2010-12-14 20:17
Quoting MortenA:
How come movies, games etc. can be reviewed before launch date but hardware can't ?, - i cant wait to read that review !.


For the same reason why apples and oranges taste so different.
 
 
-2 #7 Jurassic1024 2010-12-14 23:16
so much empty space on that PCB. Should have kept its clothes ON!
 

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