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AMD has shared a sneak peek at the design of its Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards, which are powered by the company’s next-generation RDNA 2 architecture. It looks pretty good. The first thing you’ll probably notice is that red team has dumped the (arguably) loud, inefficient blower design for an open-air configuration comprising triple-axial, R-branded fans. We’re guessing that their cooling performance should be much more impressive this time around.

The Radeon RX 6000 Series also features 2x 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Apparently, red team isn’t interested in revising a tried-and-true design like NVIDIA, which introduced a 12-pin connector to its GeForce RTX 30 Series Founders Editions. As for the shroud, expect matte-black plastic and a strip of chrome, with red accents pulling everything together. Again, it’s not a bad-looking card by any means.

AMD will tell us everything there is to know about the Radeon RX 6000 Series on October 28, but until then, the company is urging Fortnite players to check out its Creative Island map (code 8651-9841-1639). Players can “study every angle” of the graphics card there. (According to one image, the GPU will feature 1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, and 1x USB-C VirtualLink.)

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  1. I like it – it’s not as sexy as the VII (I like clean lines) but I really have not too many complaints about the look of it. Hoping it performs well and is a lot quieter than the VII.
  2. Not sure if this is good or bad news. 3 fans is better cooling and quieter (possibly) right? OTOH a blower fan blows the hot air out of your PC instead of just circulating hot air around inside the case?
  3. I installed Fortnite to look into the card and it’s barely anything. No heatpipes, etc.

    Just fins, shroud, fans, and a backplate.

  4. No blower. That is definitely the headline there. Thank you OP~

    That was always the absolute worst thing about AMD reference cards. I know AMD had always justified it by saying that a blower reference was pretty much guaranteed to work no matter what case/configuration the PC was in, and that’s true. But they are also hotter and noiser than nVidia reference, and that’s what it always gets compared to — poor review sites don’t even look at TDP, they just look at temp and noise and automatically default to the cooler/quieter card being "better", even if it’s backing a 4-times larger cooling solution on double the TDP.

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