Rumors are already being circulated about AMD's upcoming 790FX chipset, and the latest is that it might end up being quite power efficient and not nearly as hot as some of the other high-end chipsets out there.
This is great news for anyone planning on building a new rig based off the 790FX, but it's especially good news for people who are planning on building a SFF/Micro-ATX system where thermals and power consumption are especially important factors due to space limitations.
“It seems that implementing PCIe Gen2 and HyperTransport 3 in combination with TSMC advanced manufacturing process yielded better-than-expected thermals, while Nvidia and Intel both face the challenge of cooling hot products such as X38 and nForce 700 series.
While heat-pipes are now touted as best thing since sliced bread, for AMD chipsets - using a BTX-style case is a hard reality, which is ideal for keeping those graphics cards running all nice and clean.”
Of course this is all just a rumor so stay tuned for a full review as soon as we can get our hands on one of these boards for testing.