Man, this is the HTPC darling, and there’s nothing Nvidia can counter in this form factor. I’d like to see Sapphire do a Silent Vapor-X (no fan) version. Employing two small heat-pipes that maybe could wrap over the edge to the back-side kind of like what they had with the 6450. The heat pipe a Vapor chamber would have fairly dense cooling fins. It’s not so much for silence it just that for full time HTPC use fans gather dust bunnies and then start to fail. Guy’s wanting a card like this would built it into a client’s media enclosure and those users won’t be the one to ever open thing up to blow things out. One less fan isolated inside the chassis might never get checked till it’s too late.
What can it do it Battlefield 3?
It doesnt have a 6 pin rail to draw 117 watts and the PCI bus only supplies 75 watts – how the hell is it getting 117 watts under load?
117w is total system power consumption. This includes the CPU, memory, SSD, etc. Not to mention the PSU isn’t 100% efficient, so tack on another ~20% for efficiency as well.
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