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AMD Assures Better Coolers for Radeon HD 8000 Cards

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AMD will reportedly be making better coolers for its Radeon HD 8000 series discrete desktop graphics cards.

AMD has accepted that its coolers on the Radeon HD 7000 series discrete desktop graphics cards weren't particularly good. It has announced that it is working on building better coolers for the Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards, although it didn't give any indication as to how the coolers would be built or what they would look like.

The new coolers, though, won't be on the same level as the reference cooler found on the GTX Titan or GTX 780. The reason for this is that although these coolers might be very good, they are also very costly to manufacture and only add to the base price of the graphics cards. This is also the reason why many (or most) of the GTX 770 cards do not come with the GTX Titan cooler, even though it is part of the reference card. When AIBs use their own fabricated coolers, the graphics cards often cost less; thus, they can offer the cards for lower, more competitive prices. Some AIBs, of course, will manufacture cards with better coolers than the reference card, but these usually come at a price premium.

The new coolers that we'll be seeing on the Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards will be better than the reference coolers that we've seen on the Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards, but they won't be as good as the alternate coolers that the AIBs can produce. This is likely because of an effort to keep costs down and give AIBs a reason to give cards their own coolers, yet make the cheaper reference cards more reliable through better cooling. Since this is all speculation, do take it with a pinch of salt.

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    vmem , June 11, 2013 7:58 AM
    so it is official that AMD is actually making desktop HD8000 series, and the rumors that they're skipping ahead to HD9000 is false?
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    WithoutWeakness , June 11, 2013 7:33 AM
    I'm all for better reference coolers. AMD cards have notoriously been much louder than Nvidia cards since Nvidia redesigned their fan for the 600 and 700 series. As long as AMD can make faster cards with quieter coolers I don't care much what the aesthetics look like. My 2 reference 6970's are pretty much black boxes with some red stripes on top and I think they look fine. I only wish they were a bit quieter under load. Even a custom fan curve doesn't help much once I'm in a demanding game and both cards are pegged at 100%.
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    vmem , June 11, 2013 7:58 AM
    so it is official that AMD is actually making desktop HD8000 series, and the rumors that they're skipping ahead to HD9000 is false?
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    bison88 , June 11, 2013 7:58 AM
    The question is, so when we will see this mysterious HD 8000 Series card? Its been over a year in a half. Nvidia has dropped both 600/700 Series in that time, and the last we heard was end of 2013 or Q1 2014.
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    sarinaide , June 11, 2013 8:39 AM
    I have a headset or 5.1 surround sound, I can't hear my Graphics card over the sounds of havoc in the battlefields :D  this is probably the most pointless aspect of Graphics cards to me but whatever makes your boat float.
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    steven785 , June 11, 2013 8:39 AM
    What does AIB mean?
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    sarinaide , June 11, 2013 8:51 AM
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    What does AIB mean?


    Add In Board. Basically refers to manufacturers ie: ASUS, MSI, Zotac, PNY, XFX, Gigabyte, Club3D, HIS, Sapphire etc, each manufacturer uses there own PCB designs and thermal cooling solutions and then you get manufacturer exclusivity ie:

    Nvidia: EVGA, Galaxy, PNY, Zotac, KFA2
    AMD: Club3D, Sapphire, HIS.

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    John Hadley , June 11, 2013 8:54 AM
    The *most* important thing about any video card to me is how loud the cooler is. This is more important than performance even. I sit next to my computer all day and I don't want it to sound like a 747.
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    Ranth , June 11, 2013 9:06 AM
    Steven... Google is your friend, AIB is 'Add in board' add 'partners' and it make a little more sense. http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDPartnersAIBOESystemBuilder.aspx
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    tlg , June 11, 2013 11:14 AM
    If you spend $400 on a GPU with stock cooling instead of spending £420-450 for a card with a good custom cooler you are just dump, sorry. High end GPU with stock coolers are for those that will buy a waterblock to fit on that card.
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    JamesSneed , June 11, 2013 11:22 AM
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    The question is, so when we will see this mysterious HD 8000 Series card? Its been over a year in a half. Nvidia has dropped both 600/700 Series in that time, and the last we heard was end of 2013 or Q1 2014.


    Nothing official yet but all the rumors are pointing to Q3 this year.
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    DAsianFatass , June 11, 2013 11:33 AM
    For me I don't care how loud the cooler is due to the fact that I have a big fan blowing at my back. But, I would like one which is more efficient to cool the gpu.
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    matt_b , June 11, 2013 11:46 AM
    I cannot comment on the reference designs being inferior or not. I've had a 7870 for a year now, non reference cooler, and even with a 25 percent overclock on GPU and memory, I don't ever see above 70 F with 60 percent fan speed. I'm all for improvements in design, but at least that's a testament to them not putting out tons of heat that need to be dissipated.
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    Scott Bishop , June 11, 2013 11:50 AM
    i wonder if people who water cool their titans will sell the fan to 770 owners.
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    tomc100 , June 11, 2013 12:33 PM
    Well, I have a 7970 for over a year now with reference coolers and it works fine. Although, I don't play games for over 8 hours which is probably when the gpu might burn out.
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    Mike Honcho , June 11, 2013 1:17 PM
    I gladly pay the premium for a quieter card with better cooling. It's a no brainer. I don't understand why they have been so stingy in that area. Maybe it's just so they can have similar numbers on paper with a lower price point, but that seems like cheating to me.
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    hannibal , June 11, 2013 2:40 PM
    8000 will most propably be a refress and 9000 serie as new, very near the end of years or early in the next year. But who knows. So far 8000 series has been oem only with old 7000 technology. So I wonder why they wuld release allso new cards in 8000 series...
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    chicofehr , June 11, 2013 5:35 PM
    I hope it is true that the 8970 will have 6GB of ram. I was going to buy the Sapphire 6GB 7970 GHz ED but maybe I'll wait on it. I'm too poor to buy the FirePro for the direct compute and Open CL.
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    yhikum , June 12, 2013 8:27 AM
    Why not get rid of heatsinks? And sell cards bare?

    Then simply sell heatsinks in all shapes and form-factors!

    I personally would never use metal heatsink on GPU. My closed loop watercooler is much more efficient and quieter. And I've used the same watercooler on two cards already without problems. A good DIY project!