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Wednesday, 28 December 2011 11:52

Radeon HD 7990 to cost $849

Written by Fuad Abazovic



Dual GPU New Zealand slated for March


We got some extra details about the upcoming Radeon HD 7990, the dual-GPU successor to the Radeon HD 6990 and the price tag is not something that many will like.

Since AMD went on record telling the world that fastest single core Radeon HD 7970 will sell for $549 as of January 9th, the dual-core card will obviously get a significant price boost. It won’t cost as much as two Radeon HD 7970 cards, but AMD plans to sell this card for $849 and according to the current launch schedule it should appear in March 2012.

The packs 2x3GB GDDR5 memory running at 5GHz effective, along with two Tahiti chips clocked at 850MHz, which amounts to 2x2048 stream processors 2x128 texture memory units and 2x32ROPs.

These prices can easily change by launch date, but as of today, this is the planned spec and price. The card specification looks impressive and ambitious and so is the rest of 2012, the year of 28 nanometer graphics.

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+12 #1 robert3892 2011-12-28 12:17
This card is targeted for high end users but if GPU companies continue to raise prices in this manner I think sales will begin to taper off.
 
 
+7 #2 crackerz 2011-12-28 12:24
The technology is evolving, from 32nm we go to 25nm or less the materials are cheaper the performance is incresed but the prices go up? only one thing I can think ..no competition, I like amd a lot but without nvidia pressing its ass nothing good comes up.
 
 
+9 #3 Bl0bb3r 2011-12-28 13:40
Quoting crackerz:
The technology is evolving, from 32nm we go to 25nm or less the materials are cheaper the performance is incresed but the prices go up?



Actually, the process is not cheaper, the lower they go the higher the costs for both AMD and TSMC/GloFo.

I'd like to think of it as a marketing trick, press for a higher price, if sales won't meet expected figures lower it and check again. This is how a profitable business should work. Unless you want AMD to underperform for the rest of its life, they need cash.

Tahiti is good, you like it?... pay up, simple as that.
 
 
-7 #4 milkod2001 2011-12-28 13:42
looks like AMD has stoped playing nice, offering good yet affordable products and turning into greedy company after all,is AMD trying to copy Intel and NV strategies or wtf is going on?
 
 
+11 #5 nele 2011-12-28 13:54
Quoting milkod2001:
looks like AMD has stoped playing nice, offering good yet affordable products and turning into greedy company after all,is AMD trying to copy Intel and NV strategies or wtf is going on?



Greedy is a bit strong imho... What's greedy about charging a premium for the best product on the market?

AMD is not a charity or a non-profit NGO, it's a business. Just look at Intel's prices and margins on high-end CPUs. When Nvidia enjoyed a big lead, their Ultras and GTX's didn't go cheap, either...
 
 
+11 #6 Boomstick777 2011-12-28 14:15
Graphics cards are far cheaper these days than in the past, im guessing some of you aren't old enough to rememeber how much you had to pay.

The 8800GTX Ultra (A single NOT DUAL graphics card) launched at a bragian price of between $800 - $1000!!!

AMD are selling the absolute best, fastest graphics card with 6GB of ram for $849. That is amazing value for the performance you get back, think about as powerful a 3 x GTX 580's in SLI.

Remember the HD 7970 3GB costs less than the GTX 580 3GB. AMD are still pricing very competitively...
 
 
+9 #7 Boomstick777 2011-12-28 14:16
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
Tahiti is good, you like it?... pay up, simple as that.




Exactly! :)
 
 
+2 #8 Kryojenix 2011-12-28 15:05
The price is not too bad considering I bought an All-in-Wonder Radeon 9700Pro for about $720 eight years ago - not dual-GPU but top shelf in its day.

Albeit, that was AU$720 when the Aussie dollar was about US66c as opposed to US101c as it is now. So, yes, it is a bit steep, but can't really complain.
 
 
+7 #9 Kryojenix 2011-12-28 15:15
Waitaminute guys! This card costs a full $50 *less* than TWO HD7950's! Doesn't seem so badly priced anymore...
 
 
+3 #10 Bl0bb3r 2011-12-28 15:43
This just proves what kind of an image AMD has: a "cheap" (chip) company.

Things need to change if we want competition and progress.
 

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