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Could European Commission limit availability of next-gen graphics cards?

Energy efficiency measures could impact on graphic card manufacture

Gamers in Britain are poised to be up in arms at a potential move by the European Commission to limit the availability of graphics cards, after a report was published that suggested future generations of the hardware could be made more energy efficient.

The commission released the 325-page document discussing the eco-design requirements of personal computers and monitors last week, and it reportedly caught the attention of Nordic Hardware due to a section that mentioned next-gen graphics cards could be subjected to energy efficiency scrutiny.

Nordic commented: "The commission wants to stop dedicated graphics cards of group G7 from going above 320 GB/s - that is in theory a memory bus at 384-bit connected to memory operating at 6667 MHz or 512-bit with 5001 MHz.

"This is definitely within reach for the next generation graphics cards. Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition currently has a bandwidth of 288 GB/s with a 384-bit memory bus and 6000 MHz memory. For notebooks the limit will be only 225 GB/s."

Graphics cards are undoubtedly high energy users, so it may well be that they come under fire under the new proposals. Nordic Hardware pointed out that the performance and energy consumption requirements are not yet known, but the idea of it is "enough to worry
[semiconductor design company] AMD".

Meanwhile, GIGABYTE Technology has launched a new mid-range collection of gaming grade graphics cards - GV-N65TOC-2GI and GV-N65TOC-1GI - which are built with GeForce GTX 650 Ti GPUs, designed to use the latest 28nm fabrication process, reports. The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti series also offers a range of cooling designs - one model features the GIGABYTE WINDFORCE 2X parallel-inclined 100mm dual-fan cooling system, while another comes with a 100mm big fan and the company's own Triangle Cool technology.

GIGABYTE noted that these additions will ensure ultra-smooth gaming and represent the "ultimate combination of performance, power, efficiency and affordability".ADNFCR-1220-ID-801472480-ADNFCR