ATI Reworking R600 GPU

"Rumour has it that ATI is currently reworking the already delayed R600 GPU in an effort to minimise PCB size and get a better handle on thermals.

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News <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 14/11/2006
Author: PV5150
Source: VR-Zone

Supposedly already at a staggering 12" in length, the original PCB layout is easily one of the longest graphics cards in history. The obvious goal here is to design a PCB which will be at least as "short" as the GeForce 8800 GTX, though there are some considerable design hurdles to overcome to do so.

In addition, the team will be utilising this time to further increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the heatsink assembly to keep the hot new GPU running cool. With the GeForce 8800 GTX already in the retail channel and a smaller and faster 80u variant likely coming in Q1 2007, ATI certainly has a lot at stake with the R600 GPU design.
The Inquirer has recently reported ATI has already produced some first R600 cards that are clocked lower to send out to game developers for debugging and optimizing their games for R600. The R600 card we seen will conform to the new PCI-SIG graphics spec of delivering 225/300W power for high-end graphics cards. Therefore it will have a new 2x4 pin connector for additional power on top of the current 6-pin connector.

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13-11-2006, 01:23:27

I'm gonna take the plunge and give some peltier action a go. I've already looked thru PV's guide here but how does application of the dielectric grease differ on an LGA775 platform? Anybody got a guide I could read?

Also is Silicon and conformal coating really required? Everywhere i've looked so far only seems to stock the dielectric grease.

13-11-2006, 06:12:54

From what I've seen you don't need to cake an LGA775 socket with grease. I'll have more info on this when my Vapo comes, but so far from the research I've done I haven't seen much in the way of greasing the socket. With a pelt you might be more at risk for condensation than phase however since you'll be teetering closer to the frozen/unfrozen border.

13-11-2006, 07:09:22

If you just take roughly the same precautions you would for a phase unit you should be ok. XS has loads on this...

13-11-2006, 07:46:43


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14-11-2006, 04:40:20


Cheers mate :)

14-11-2006, 06:47:28

np's every little bit helps :)

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