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Asus Formula Series: Aerodynamic Graphics Cards

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

I wonder how many FPS a Type-R sticker would add.

Aerodynamic design is a huge part of any racing sport, from motorsport to cycling. But what about in the race to get the quickest refreshing frame rates? Asus is exploring that avenue with its new Formula Series graphics cards, based off of the ATI Radeon HD4890 and HD4770 graphics chips.

Apparently the design isn’t just all for show either, as Asus claims that the F1 car looking design actually serves to offer 7 percent better airflow (we presume that means better than without the shaped shell). The cooler itself has been given a “Micro Surface Treatment Technology” that supposed to improve heat dissipation by 14 percent. The cooling fan itself is also dust proof, which Asus claims to extend the card’s lifespan by 25 percent.

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    m3kt3k , June 4, 2009 6:57 PM
    I think WTF pretty much sums it up.
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    accolite , June 4, 2009 6:52 PM
    most retarded design ever.
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    m3kt3k , June 4, 2009 6:57 PM
    I think WTF pretty much sums it up.
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    jdamon113 , June 4, 2009 7:00 PM
    OK, this is a different take, And I would say: yes it will more than likly expand on air flow and lower temps, which means higher clock rates.

    But and there alway is a butt. At What cost? I generaly get a new video card every 18 months and some do every few months. No way are people going to drop over 500 dollars on video cards. The nature of gaming and computer in general is that it changes to often.
    Here is a case where Moores law says it not worth the R&D
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    tipoo , June 4, 2009 7:02 PM
    Sweet, now my graphics card will fly bett- oh wait wtf?
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    tenor77 , June 4, 2009 7:18 PM
    So aside from looking odd, there the problem that the areodynamics is useless on most cases as the airflow is going against the width of the card, not straight down it.
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    jerther , June 4, 2009 7:27 PM
    Best thing is that on most computer cases, this new revolutionary design will be hidden on the bottom side, sanwitched with another PCI card.... Who will notice?

    But there are cases where the heatsink goes above. Dell made some I believe? But still, those weren't transparent cases.

    What a lost of research time. The dev team must have been really bored.
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    grieve , June 4, 2009 8:30 PM
    It looks like they slapped a mini F1 race car shell on it... Seriously, this thing performs better?
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    verenos , June 4, 2009 8:35 PM
    I smell a group pricing package with Need For Speed!
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    Nik_I , June 4, 2009 8:56 PM
    whatever advantage this has would surely be cancelled out by the rest of the case's bad aerodynamics
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    Master Exon , June 4, 2009 9:11 PM
    jdamon113No way are people going to drop over 500 dollars on video cards.

    That's what people generally do... especially around here.
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    Anonymous , June 4, 2009 9:17 PM
    I see Asus's BSmeter going off the chart!!
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    eddieroolz , June 4, 2009 9:34 PM
    I like the color though.
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    ricardok , June 4, 2009 10:16 PM
    Ok, I'm a F1 fan, but.. WT heck?
    I really don't think that the F1/Kart design of the cover does the job. I think it's related to the material used.
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    brendano257 , June 4, 2009 11:03 PM
    MMMMMHMMMMMM yeah.... ok Asus...whatever you say... XD
    They just want to sell to stupid/people looking for looks who don't know specs....Besides they probably upped the fan by 10% and ended up with 7% better airflow....not from the casing.
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    anamaniac , June 4, 2009 11:26 PM
    I'm not at all interested in this.

    I like Sapphire's VAPOR-X 2GB 4870. 2GB on a single card is more along the lines I prefer. Granted it costs around a 4890... (2x memory compared to better clocks.)

    I like Asus, but this far from impresses me.
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    radium69 , June 4, 2009 11:34 PM
    It can now reach clock speeds of 160 mph
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    frozenlead , June 4, 2009 11:38 PM
    Someone bench these cards with and without the shell and similar mockup shells to verify, please!
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    IzzyCraft , June 5, 2009 1:03 AM
    I guess when i get sick of it i can throw it out my window and see how far it goes.
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2009 4:09 AM
    Anyone noticed the dual fan?
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