Official announcements of new video cards from NVIDIA and AMD companies consolidated by the fact that competitors have decided not to meet and play for alone: NVIDIA Pascal in the older segment of the solutions, and AMD Polaris – in the medium category cards. “Cabal” postponed at least until the release of AMD graphics cards Vega architecture that can happen sooner or later. At a minimum, because AMD sleeve (as NVIDIA) remains the trump ace as an overclocking potential of 14-nm and 16-nm process technology. AMD has regularly emphasized that the new architecture Polaris twice as energy efficient earlier. And if GPU Polaris 10 very good overclock, it is still not clear who will be faster: the overclocked AMD Radeon RX 480, or working in a regular NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 mode, and even GeForce GTX 1080.
Talking about the potential superrazgonnom GPU Polaris 10 (AMD Radeon RX 480) made fresh publication Chip Hell on site. Source posted two photos of the alleged video card MSI Radeon RX 480 Lightning. Is depicted in the picture the Lightning MSI cooling system with three fans and the color scheme is identical to the housing appearance has already hit the market MSI solutions. For example, a cover and a set of fans in the adapter MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning. But there are significant differences. The second photo «MSI Radeon RX 480 Lightning» shows two external power connector: one full-time 6-pin and one 8-pin optional. In the video card MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning another set of external power connectors.
If the photo really shows the video card MSI Radeon RX 480 Lightning with the proposed power connectors, the declared level TDP for Radeon RX 480 to 150 watts may potentially be raised to 300 W via overclocking. MSI Lightning system as in the photo with this level of heat dissipation is quite cope. Of course, the MSI will have to make their fee for the video card and its wiring, including the strengthening of the power subsystem. Also, the video card MSI Radeon RX 480 Lightning should be longer than the standard adapter, otherwise the cooling system will be idle extend beyond the short board reference sample. Questions to the presented photographs a lot, it will be interesting to know the answers