Intel's Core i9 Rocket Lake CPUs will get a glow up with new retail packaging

captaincranky

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Given that Intel's 14 nm tech is somewhat "retro", and this iteration is named, "Rocket Lake", my marketing suggestion would be to include a free "Rocket Lava Lamp", with every purchase:

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These were originally tasked for children's bedrooms, but I imagine they would be equally at home in any parent's basement as well... :rolleyes:
 
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Avro Arrow

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Yep that is the card, I also prefer the blower style, I don't know what XFX was thinking : - D I still have the reference R9 290X as a spare card, that is also a jet engine lmao
I think that XFX did the egg design because it still worked fine and was cheaper for them to make so, more profit. Sure, it wasn't as nice to look at but let's be honest, this was long before everyone and their mother had a glass panel on their case with RGB so I never saw the thing anyway.

I've honestly never heard an R9 290 or R9 290X because I had twin HD 7970s (aka R9 280X) back when Crossfire still worked. I had such a great experience with the two HD 4870s that I actually bought both 7970s at once because of the "Never Settle" bundle that came with them. I also got a really good price because AMD was re-branding the HD 7970 as the R9 280X so they chopped the price just because the box said "HD 7970" on it. After that, the next card I bought was the first of my two R9 Furies. The nice thing about loud video cards is that you can always just turn up the sound on the game to drown it out. Having said that, my Sapphire R9 Fury Nitros, despite having a TDP of 275W each, were whisper-quiet. I actually thought that something was wrong with it (like the fans weren't working or something) but the temperature was always really good.

I checked some reviews and found that my particular model was very well known for being extremely quiet despite the 275W TDP. I honestly don't know why Sapphire bothered with making other cooler designs beyond this one because if they can make a cooler that allows a 275W card to run whisper-quiet with great temps, they should just use it on everything. The reduced cost of mass-producing only one cooler design would make them much more cost effective than what they're doing now. It would also eliminate any potential shortages from having multiple designs in play and since the functionality is fantastic, there would be no problems selling it.
 

Adi6293

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I think that XFX did the egg design because it still worked fine and was cheaper for them to make so, more profit. Sure, it wasn't as nice to look at but let's be honest, this was long before everyone and their mother had a glass panel on their case with RGB so I never saw the thing anyway.

I've honestly never heard an R9 290 or R9 290X because I had twin HD 7970s (aka R9 280X) back when Crossfire still worked. I had such a great experience with the two HD 4870s that I actually bought both 7970s at once because of the "Never Settle" bundle that came with them. I also got a really good price because AMD was re-branding the HD 7970 as the R9 280X so they chopped the price just because the box said "HD 7970" on it. After that, the next card I bought was the first of my two R9 Furies. The nice thing about loud video cards is that you can always just turn up the sound on the game to drown it out. Having said that, my Sapphire R9 Fury Nitros, despite having a TDP of 275W each, were whisper-quiet. I actually thought that something was wrong with it (like the fans weren't working or something) but the temperature was always really good.

I checked some reviews and found that my particular model was very well known for being extremely quiet despite the 275W TDP. I honestly don't know why Sapphire bothered with making other cooler designs beyond this one because if they can make a cooler that allows a 275W card to run whisper-quiet with great temps, they should just use it on everything. The reduced cost of mass-producing only one cooler design would make them much more cost effective than what they're doing now. It would also eliminate any potential shortages from having multiple designs in play and since the functionality is fantastic, there would be no problems selling it.


Sapphire is knows for making good cards. I've had their R9 390X Tri -X 8GB OC, RX Vega 64 Nitro+, Radeon VII but that was just the reference design and RX5700XT Nitro Special Edition. Build quality wise all these cards were great but from Vega 64 onwards AMD's drivers were just terrible and last December I first switched to 3080 and 2 weeks ago my wife switched to a 3070. I hope AMD fix their drivers because I do prefer them to the nVidia ones but right now I will take stability over features