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Monday, 26 December 2011 09:53

Dual-GPU HD 7990 coming in Q1

Written by Fudzilla staff



Ruins Nvidia’s Christmas, Easter


According a leaked roadmap, AMD will introduce its dual-GPU Tahiti card by the end of Q1. The launch should follow the introduction of the somewhat more cost effective HD 7950, rumoured for February.

The Tahiti XT has already emerged as the fastest GPU on the planet and thanks to the power efficient 28nm process, AMD shouldn’t have much trouble designing a dual-GPU card. The dual headed beast should feature an immense 6GB of memory, along with two Tahiti chips, finely tuned to cut power consumption and make use of AMD’s ZeroCore technology, that should enable the card to power down the unused GPU completely while idling.

The launch will put even more pressure on Nvidia, but the same is true of the HD 7950, perhaps even more so. It seems highly unlikely Nvidia will ship any high-end Kepler cards by the time AMD introduces the HD 7950 and maybe even the HD 7990. So, even if Nvidia’s next generation chip manages to outpace AMD’s Tahiti, AMD will still retain the performance crown thanks to the dual-GPU HD 7990.

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+10 #1 Super XP 2011-12-26 13:03
Great news for AMD and for us consumers. Nvidia will have a very hard time competing. This news will force Nvidia to change its original strategy for the betterment of the company. Anyhow competition is the best for us consumers and may both AMD and NV compete in a fair manner and both prosper and stay in business.
 
 
+4 #2 milkod2001 2011-12-26 13:15
This is good news for 0.8% customers like, what and when is AMD planning to introduce for most gamers 200-300bucks max ?
 
 
+1 #3 milkod2001 2011-12-26 13:35
Quoting Super XP:
Great news for AMD and for us consumers. Nvidia will have a very hard time competing. This news will force Nvidia to change its original strategy for the betterment of the company. Anyhow competition is the best for us consumers and may both AMD and NV compete in a fair manner and both prosper and stay in business.

I don't think NV is woried even a bit, they are switching to tablets, smartphones with their Tegra2,3(this is where business is these days), have plenty of time to make sure Keplers will deliver(same story last year like). But U got it right, it's good 4 us customers :)
 
 
-2 #4 stoneeh 2011-12-27 01:20
Yep, although right now, to be fair, Nvidia still has its performance crown due to the GTX590.
 
 
-4 #5 Jay 2011-12-27 03:28
AMD's GPU division has Nivida cornered. Wonder what does Nvidia think anyway? Their mainstream chips are overpriced & give inferior performance compared to AMD. Gone are the days of 6600GT,7600GT for mainstream people to consider Nvidia. Why doesn't Nvidia make their own fab.? or enter a partnership with Samsung? With the profits Nvidia still makes despite of poor product prices it is not out of question?
 
 
+4 #6 pchacker 2011-12-27 04:14
Quoting stoneeh:
Yep, although right now, to be fair, Nvidia still has its performance crown due to the GTX590.


Well actually no nvidia doesnt have the performance crown the hd6990 does, its a full 3% faster than the gtx 590 at the resolution the card is meant for. Not to mention alot of gtx590s blowing up for use of poorly made components (and a great deal of user error as well though).

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_590/23.html

As you up the resolution ( which is what these cards are made for) the hd6990 surpasses the gtx590.
 
 
+3 #7 Kryojenix 2011-12-27 08:32
WHEE!

Actually, with the HD6990 the thing was that it was cheaper and more powerful to set up a system with 2 separate HD6970's - only power consumption and case space was worse.

I'm guessing the HD7990 will have to have de-tuned GPU's to fit the PCI Express power envelope, so again it'd probably be better to get dual HD7970's - even for idle power consumption this time thanks to ZeroCore. So it's just gaming power consumption (if that really matters at this level) and case space (especially if aiming to setup quad crossfire) that favour the choosing of a HD7990 over 2 HD7970's at this stage.

Actually, price could be a factor too, if there's a discount to the HD7990 from the cost of 2 separate HD7970's.
 
 
+1 #8 Kayser 2011-12-27 12:14
its great news but i wonder how much will it cost ?
i meen think about it, will the upcoming HD7990 be at 1100$ ? dont you think its abit extream , i am sure it gona be a powerfull card but at that price if its right then propably only 5% will only be crazy enough to buy these cards :/
 
 
+1 #9 valhar2000 2011-12-27 17:17
Nvidia is far from being defeated; they'll come up with something, just not quickly enough to stop AMD from taking the throne for a while.
 
 
-2 #10 trajan2448 2011-12-27 17:57
Nvidia makes ten times the profit than AMD's graphics division, they own the pro market, and the gpgpu market, plus Kepler is rumored to be twice to two and a half times as fast as 580. Nvidia will be fine in 2012.
 

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