XFX not bothered about Fermi

Former Nvidia golden boy XFX is apparently not that impressed with Nvidia’s new Fermi architecture, and has instead decided to focus on AMD’s dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970 technology for its latest top-end Black Edition card.

That’s not to say that the company won’t have Fermi cards available in the future. After all, photos of XFX’s Fermi cards have already been leaked, but our sources tell us that Fermi is “not at the top of the list” of XFX’s priorities when it comes to high-end gaming. Instead, XFX is bringing out the big guns, so to speak, for a new exclusive limited edition card that comes in a box shaped like a machine gun.

The box is apparently based on the design of the P90 submachine gun, and the graphics card will actually be placed inside the cartridge slot. According to our sources, the box will also contain a gun-shaped bag for gamers to take to LAN events. We’ve seen some pre-production renders of the card and packaging, which you can see below.

We haven’t received any detailed specs yet, but we do know that the card will come with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, two eight-pin power connectors and six mini DisplayPort connectors. Gamers will also be able to connect these to up to six monitors for video wall gaming, courtesy of AMD’s new EyeFinity 6 technology.

Our sources tell us that this will be the highest-spec Black Edition card that XFX has ever released, and it will also come with a custom overclocking tool. In addition to the 5970 card, we’re also told that XFX is planning to release a 2GB Radeon HD 5870 card this week, which will similarly support ATI’s EyeFinity 6 technology.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but it goes without saying that this is a premium graphics card that will demand an exclusive price from enthusiast gamers with plenty of cash. What’s really interesting, though, is that XFX is using ATI GPUs for its top-end exclusive products, and that Fermi isn’t a top priority for the company.

Following months of delays, Nvidia’s Fermi architecture was finally unveiled last Friday night. However, reviewers appear to be a bit underwhelmed with the GTX 480 so far. While its performance is clearly competitive with the Radeon HD 5870, and in some cases faster, it’s also power-hungry and reportedly comes with a noisy cooler.