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Sapphire teases Atomic water-cooled HD 7990 6GB

Sapphire teases Atomic water-cooled HD 7990 6GB

The early prototype was fitted with a full-coverage waterblock, dual 120mm-fan 60mm radiator and front-bay reservoir

While much of the graphics market might be focused on Nvidia's new 7-series right now, AMD partner Sapphire is still flying the Radeon flag, and showed off a prototype of a water-cooling HD 7990 6GB here at Computex 2013.

The custom PCB card uses three 8-pin PCI-E connectors in a similar fashion to the Club3D HD 7990 6GB we looked at last year, but replaces the huge 3-slot cooler with a svelte single slot copper water block. A stylish black heatspreader also covers the back of the card. Similarly, a snazzy looking heatspreader covered the motherboard and CPU.

Connected to the waterblock was a dual-120mm fan, 60mm thick water cooling radiator and a 5.25in drive bay reservoir, with Sapphire unsure of whether to sell the card as a do-it-yourself kit and have users self-fill the loop, or to launch it as a closed-loop liquid cooled card in the vein as its previous Atomic branded premium cards.

Sapphire teases Atomic water-cooled HD 7990 6GB Sapphire teases water-cooled HD 7990 6GB

Either way, pricing is likely to be well in excess of £1,000 only see a limited release in the same fashion as crazy-but-cool cards like Asus' Ares 2.

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Gurdeep14 4th June 2013, 13:46 Quote
I am much more interested in the Motherboard waterblock, talk about full coverage?
They could have made the loops look a lot better as well, not really sure about the yellow tubing with black coils, seems very 2005
mi1ez 4th June 2013, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gurdeep14
I am much more interested in the Motherboard waterblock, talk about full coverage?
They could have made the loops look a lot better as well, not really sure about the yellow tubing with black coils, seems very 2005

+1 on both counts!
Yslen 4th June 2013, 15:09 Quote
Looks horrible. In my opinion the whole point of watercooling is that it looks awesome, and this doesn't. Considering the price, I think they need to sort this out if they intend to sell any.
barny2767 4th June 2013, 15:09 Quote
I imagine they got the blocks in a few days they had to be shipped and just told someone to get them out on time and not worry about the looks
phuzz 4th June 2013, 15:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yslen
In my opinion the whole point of watercooling is that it looks awesome, and this doesn't
The whole point of watercooling is that it gives more capacity for cooling, so you can run your kit cooler and or quieter.
Looks are a secondary concern, and everyone has their own taste. Personally I don't have a window on my case, so I don't care what the inside looks like.
(which is handy considering the bodge job I have holding my waterblock on, and the electrical tape round the pump, and the dust, and the wires everywhere, etc.)
Tynecider 4th June 2013, 15:59 Quote
What motherboard is that?
Waynio 4th June 2013, 16:07 Quote
I like what looks to be a full AIO mobo waterblock, very nice. B)

GPU is pretty nice too. :D
thom804 4th June 2013, 16:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yslen
Looks horrible. In my opinion the whole point of watercooling is that it looks awesome, and this doesn't. Considering the price, I think they need to sort this out if they intend to sell any.

So, not that it actually cools your gear with a much higher heat tranfer coefficient than air? No no, it's just got to look awesome.
I've never dabbled in watercooling, I just value my hardware too much (being a permanent student with no money doesn't help) to put it in any sort of danger. moderate overclocks and high airflow are the order of the day for me. However, if I did go the w/c route, i'd love mine to look like this. Maybe minus the black anti-kink.

Also, for the folks wondering about the full mobo cover, i'm pretty sure that's just a shield so there's no rival advertising on the board.
Bindibadgi 4th June 2013, 16:19 Quote
But does it have a custom PCB with OC'd GPUs like the ARES II?

;);)

(I'm pretty sure we've sold all the ARES II now anyway, so it's an open market :O)
Cheapskate 4th June 2013, 16:23 Quote
Since the mobo is covered with aluminum, it had better not be a waterblock.;)
-Anyone else think "heavy water coolant" when they read the title?
Phil Rhodes 4th June 2013, 17:00 Quote
I'm in the market for a new cooler for my GTX470, which has recently started making alarming buzzing noises when under load.

The problem I have is that there's a lot of cards in my machine, and no room for one of those triple-slot things.

I don't care what it looks like. Does anyone make anything that's easy to fit?
Stanley Tweedle 4th June 2013, 22:56 Quote
Those yellow tubes are a bit too short. It's annoying the feck out of me.
alecamused 5th June 2013, 05:25 Quote
http://www.pcmasters.de/system/photos/2053/feature/ATOMIC-HD-7990-Specs.jpg?1370359840

They seem to have a closed loop thing in mind ... (source)
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Originally Posted by thom804
Also, for the folks wondering about the full mobo cover, i'm pretty sure that's just a shield so there's no rival advertising on the board.

I don't think it's just a shield:

- Compared to the overall presentation it looks too "good" to be just bling.
- If sapphire wouldn't want rival advertising, they could take one of their own mainboards, no?
- The location of the barbs would be way off it was really just a cover and there was some other manufacturers block beneath it.
mnpctech 5th June 2013, 12:33 Quote
Sapphire needs help.... badly.
jinq-sea 5th June 2013, 13:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by mnpctech
Sapphire needs help.... badly.

Care to expand on this statement at all? Or are you just slating Sapphire in general?
bawjaws 5th June 2013, 13:19 Quote
Mmmm, tasty (except for that horrible yellow tubing with black coils, which looks rank).

PS: It absolutely drives me nuts that Bit-Tech use "teases" as a synonym for "previews". It's just not right, stop it! :D
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