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AMD launches Radeon R7 260, coming in January

By Scorpus
Dec 17, 2013
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  1. AMD hasn't quite finished with the graphics card announcements for 2013, today announcing a brand new lower-end GPU for those who don't require a whole lot of processing power. The Radeon R7 260 features a cut-down version of AMD's Bonnaire...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,550   +2,894

    Why don't they make it mandatory for one connector on all graphics cards? The adapter can be used in all systems that don't currently have 6-pin from the PSU. And all future PSU's would then be equipped with at least one.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    Can they make it mandatory? Will this kind of thing fall under the IEEE's jurisdiction?
     
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    Why would they do that? The PCIe power connector(s) are only required if the graphics card consumes more power than the 75watts delivered by the PCIe slot. So making it mandatory would mean low-end graphics cards that consume 75watts or less would have a 6-pin PCIe power connector that they don't need and can't use.
     
  5. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,179   +72

    What's the point of forcing a connector if it's not needed? It will add a bit of cost, make the card longer, add to the cable management nightmare in the case, all for zero benefit? And if you want it so much, why not force two 8-pin connectors on everything? Why make do with a 6-pin? :)
     
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,550   +2,894

    For the very same reason everyone keeps recommending higher wattage power supplies than is actually needed. If more power is not needed in one area, then it is not needed in other areas. At least I'm asking for uniformity, which would make things less confusing to those who don't know the difference.
     
  7. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,179   +72

    Those who don't know the difference should stick to cards without power connectors. :)

    Besides, as I said, it won't mean uniformity. Unless you make two 8-pin connectors the standard you won't get uniformity.
     

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