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Monday, 09 May 2011 08:44

Powercolor shows its dual-headed Barts card

Written by Slobodan Simic
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HD 6890 anyone?
Powercolor is preparing a rather interesting card that will be officially unveiled at this year's Computex show in Taipei, a dual-GPU card based on two Barts GPUs.

Although the details regarding the card are still unknown as Powercolor is keeping all the juicy details for Computex, it appears that the card will be based on Barts XT GPUs. This means that it will feature a total of 2240 stream processors, or 1120 per GPU, and a dual 256-bit memory interface. The card will end up with 2GB of memory and will use a special, or simply custom cooling solution designed for such a card.

Bear in mind that this one doesn't come from AMD and this is purely in-house Powercolor design, but some other partners might also be working on similar cards. The name is still unknown. The card features two DVI, two mini DisplayPort 1.2 and one HDMI 1.4 display output.

Currently, the HD 6870 sells for around US $199.99, HD 6970 goes for US $349.99 and the dual-GPU Cayman HD 6990 is around US $734.99. AMD doesn't have a card in the US $400 to $ 500 range, and depending on the performance, this card could fit in that price segment, although users can always go for Crossfire.

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-16 #1 Cartman 2011-05-09 10:41
Wouldnt be bad to use if u have one PCI-E but common , who have one PCI-E today i have four lol
 
 
+14 #2 Boomstick777 2011-05-09 12:31
This card is made to go head to head with the new GTX 460 x2 and GTX 560 x2 which get released in Q4 2011.

Looks like a good card to, will beat GTX 580 and hopefully be cheaper ;-)
 
 
+4 #3 bardenck 2011-05-09 19:46
1140 stream processor barts...is that a 5850?
 
 
-2 #4 godrilla 2011-05-09 23:18
Just an fyi these midrandge dual gpus can't do quadfire nore quad sli like the gtx 460 2win.

It looks like a dual 8 pin connection on this bad boy too!
 
 
0 #5 Ollie 2011-05-10 00:03
Quoting godrilla:
Just an fyi these midrandge dual gpus can't do quadfire nore quad sli like the gtx 460 2win.

It looks like a dual 8 pin connection on this bad boy too!


You can't do "quadfire" with four cards, but you can do Crossfire with two... which give you 4x GPUs...
 
 
+1 #6 hoohoo 2011-05-10 01:24
Neat idea. My gaming box is a P45/Q9550 micro-ATX machine - only one free PCIe x16 slot. This thing might be a good match.
 
 
+1 #7 godrilla 2011-05-10 02:25
Quoting Ollie:
Quoting godrilla:
Just an fyi these midrandge dual gpus can't do quadfire nore quad sli like the gtx 460 2win.

It looks like a dual 8 pin connection on this bad boy too!


You can't do "quadfire" with four cards, but you can do Crossfire with two... which give you 4x GPUs...

Actually both those cards mentioned have the gf104 chip or barts which only allow up to dual gpu setup, which it already has, so adding another card is a big nono, not eight way sli lol.
 
 
0 #8 adv 2011-05-10 11:09
Quoting bardenck:
1140 stream processor barts...is that a 5850?


~1460 for 5850.

I got two.
 
 
0 #9 red1414 2011-05-11 08:37
Quoting bardenck:
1140 stream processor barts...is that a 5850?


Quote:
~1460 for 5850.
I got two.


The 5850 is a Cypress and it has 1440 'shaders'

I have four
 
 
0 #10 Nate_S 2011-05-20 09:55
Quoting godrilla:
.. barts which only allow up to dual gpu setup, which it already has, so adding another card is a big nono, not eight way sli lol.


Going out on a limb here, but seeing that Powercolor added a CF connector to the board suggests that they are under the impression that this card could be CF'd with another (possible 3 or 4 way CF). It's this prospect that is most intriguing to me: a tri-fire set up at a ~$650 price point that, depending on scaling, could possibly out pace a 6990/590 at around $100 less. And no, I don't need to hear the horror stories about driver issues, poor 3-4 GPU scaling, etc... Just want to see the bench for 3x6870s :)

BTW, not sure who said that 8-way SLI was an option...
 

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