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Tuesday, 08 March 2011 13:47

Today is the HD 6990 day

Written by Slobodan Simic
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The new king of the hill
The day has finally come and we have the first of the new dual-GPU cards as AMD has finally launched its Radeon HD 6990 dual-GPU card, codename Antilles. The new Radeon HD 6990 features two Cayman GPUs on a single PCB so you end up with a total of 3072 stream processors.

The new Radeon HD 6990 works at 830MHz for the GPUs, has a 2x256-bit memory interface and 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5000MHz. Once again, AMD decided to include the BIOS switch that takes the card up to 880MHz for the GPUs. According to the AMD spec sheet, the card has a 375W TDP as it needs two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors.

AMD suggests a 750W+ power supply or a 1000W+ one in case you want to run two of these for some CrossfireX action. The backplate features one DVI and four mini DisplayPort outputs. There is nothing to worry about as every single card will ship with adapters for two more DVIs and one HDMI output.

In order to cool down the GPUs, AMD opted for a dual heatsink cooler that is cooled by a single, central blower fan. According to the first reviews, the cooler keeps the card at reasonable temperatures and it doesn't make that much noise. The price, something that hasn't been talked about that much, is set at US $699. If you think that this is a bit steep, however, just bear in mind that we are talking about the performance king.

Some reviews have already gone up and here are some of them:

- Anandtech
- PCPerspective
- HotHardware
- TheTechReport
- TechPowerUp
- TweakTown

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+31 #1 The_Wolf88 2011-03-08 14:51
Quote:
the cooler keeps the card at reasonable temperatures and it doesn't make that much noise.



Are you kidding me ?!!

Most of the reviewers said that the fan sound is very noisy when the card gave heavy workload !!

375 watts ! No doubt you will need very fast fan to get rid of the heat as fast as possible !

I wonder what 590 will have ! I bet the card will use a fan which will suck the cold air from the NORTH POOL ! to cool that Card :o
 
 
+11 #2 Sodomy 2011-03-08 14:58
Quoting The_Wolf88:
Quote:
the cooler keeps the card at reasonable temperatures and it doesn't make that much noise.



Are you kidding me ?!!


I think he means when it is at idle.

also as the case with the 5970 the reference cooler is 5hit, arctic cooling had a much better cooler.
 
 
+12 #3 guideX 2011-03-08 14:58
Quoting The_Wolf88:
Quote:
the cooler keeps the card at reasonable temperatures and it doesn't make that much noise.

Are you kidding me ?!!
Most of the reviewers said that the fan sound is very noisy when the card gave heavy workload !!
375 watts ! No doubt you will need very fast fan to get rid of the heat as fast as possible !
I wonder what 590 will have ! I bet the will use a fan which will suck the cold air from the NORTH POOL ! to cool that Card :o


Fan gets loud at full load not idle.

GTX590 will melt South Korea the minute it turns on.
 
 
+15 #4 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-08 15:52
For kids that run 4M resolution two flashed 6950's will do a better job, performance and price wise if price matters.

The card is nice overall but it's just a show-off. I wouldn't see many people buying it nor would I see stores stock it up. Not counting lunatics.

And yes, it is loud! What did you expect? AMD squeezed the most out of 40nm and I'll say, they did it well.
 
 
+9 #5 Kob 2011-03-08 16:11
It's about time that nVidia and AMD decouple the high-end graphics from the MB and sell those in an external package hooked via a PCIe cable to an adapter card.
That way, they can optimize cooling with quiet 120mm fans, put in a dedicated PS, and when upgrade time comes you just replace cards in that external box. Will add maybe $100-$150, but avid gamer would easily justify that.

Main benefit: will help immensely to reduce heat and power load on the PC, and if you also do some office work on your PC, no need to switch on that external box while at it.
 
 
+17 #6 Steve-O 2011-03-08 16:15
700$? No thanks...100$ cheaper to get 2x 6950's and try your luck by modding the BIOS.
 
 
+2 #7 Tranzz 2011-03-08 16:19
There’s no way around the fact that the 6990 is an extremely loud card

quote from andantech

...and it doesn't make that much noise

70 db under load! It makes a ton of noise.
 
 
+7 #8 Sodomy 2011-03-08 16:25
i actually wish i had a couple of usb ports, dvi/dp/hdmi, audio out/mic in, and a power swtich cables routerd through the wall into my closet/roof. who cares if it is 70db if it is in another room, i'd have to get that room some a/c but it'd be good then.
 
 
-13 #9 Jurassic1024 2011-03-08 16:34
so after all these months of "AMD's dual GPU card will crush nVIDIA", the final results are the 6990 is the loudest card EVER, its hot as fack and its overpriced.

reading the comments up until now, not one comment says, "I WANT THIS!", "nshittia is dead now", or "LMAO nvidia sucks".

*pets his Crossfired 6950's*
 
 
+9 #10 Super XP 2011-03-08 17:05
I give AMD a lot of credit for this Graphics Card. They did this on an existing 40nm process, good job. It's obviously going to suck back power and in return it's going to offer you the best possible Graphics Performance and Superior Visual and Audio Performance. Once again, Good Job AMD...
 

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