- May 30, 2004
I wouldn't say performance on par with last gen's dual-GPU cards is mid-range.This generation is mid-range performance, it's to be expected that power levels won't be like GF100 because that was a high end card for it's day.
Unless you're talking months ago, I'm not sure where that came from.The 7970 is more closely related in power consumption to the 470/570, the latter of which was not considered hot/loud for it's time. The reason the 680 made such a sink is because it performed better than the 7970 while being a power level lower. The 7970 drew power like a 470 but performed like a 465 relative to the 680.