The Way of Toxic Blizzard
Toxic means something poisonous and dangerous, dangerous for other makers of graphics cards, perhaps. Meanwhile, the original name of the board we review today was Blizzard , means a severe snow storm with strong winds, which implies that the “Blizzard” graphics cards are very cold, something which means additional reliability and overclockability when it comes to computer components.
The original Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition Blizzard was meant to use a technology called “liquid metal” from the company named NanoCoolers. The liquid-metal cooling technology was based on metal cooling loops that contain a patented fluid called liquid-metal. Since the metal is electrically conductive, an electromagnetic pump was used to propel the liquid within a loop rather quickly. The liquid-metal loops acted as typical heat-pipes: they rapidly and efficiently transfer heat from a heat-source to a radiator which is cooled-down either actively or passively. The technology promised extreme efficiency amid quiet operation (see this news story for details).
Unfortunately, the startup called NanoCoolers decided that it would switch its efforts to a different technology named Thin Film Thermoelectric, which left Sapphire without the advanced cooler for the Blizzard family. The company even tried to utilize cooling systems from Arctic Cooling, but quickly realized that with its volumes the latter just cannot supply enough coolers, as it also ships them to companies like Asus and HIS.
At the end, Sapphire Technologies teamed up with Thermaltake in order to develop a cooling system that should be quiet, efficient, provide additional performance headroom and create a hype among enthusiasts. So, nearly one year after Sapphire first introduced its Blizzard, it can ship one, developed using totally different technologies and based on a totally different graphics chip. However, just days before the boards were about to leave the warehouse, Blizzard Entertainment asked Sapphire to change the brand-name.
So, one year, no liquid-metal and no Blizzard. Will this new Toxic turn into a success for the company? Let us find it out!