AMD’s reference graphics cards have had a blower-style fan for a very long time. This is a single fan at the end of the card, which is designed to push air out of the rear of the card. I mean it is an OK design, but we know the heat / noise issues we’ve experienced with previous AMD cards. During AMD’s 2020 Financial Analyst Day webcast an image caught our attention. A picture of the top-edge of an AMD graphics card showing a multi-fan design.
After the webcast, Scott Herkelman, Vice President and General Manager for Radeon confirmed that AMD will be ditching the blower-style design via reddit:
“There will be no blower reference fans for gamers on next gen. So you are correct ;)” – reddit
So it seems that AMD will be going for the axial multi-fan design, which most of their partner cards use. This won’t be the first time AMD has used a multi-fan design as they used a triple-fan design with the Radeon VII. NVIDIA made the switch to the dual-fan axial design with their RTX 20-series Founders Edition cards.
From what we can see in the teased image there are two axial fans, a large vent at the top-edge of the card which is for the heatsink itself, an aluminum fin stack, and a cut-out where your PCI-Express power connectors would be. What do you guys think?