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Report: AMD to Discontinue Radeon HD 7990 in Q3 2013

By - Source: Overclockers.ru | B 37 comments

A report indicates that AMD might be ending the life of the Radeon HD 7990 "Malta" graphics card.

A report from Overclockers.ru indicates that AMD might be discontinuing the Radeon HD 7990 "Malta" graphics card in Q3 2013, with the main reason specified as weak demand.

The Radeon HD 7990 graphics card is essentially two Radeon HD 7970s pressed onto a single PCB, with a built-in CrossFire link setup. The problem with this is that recently AMD has been having problems with frame latency, and though it has announced that it is working on new drivers to fix these problems, they aren't out yet. It appears that a number of people are holding off on buying this monster card.

For that reason, it wouldn't surprise us if indeed the graphics card will go out of retail in September. That said, other reports indicate that it won't be too long until AMD comes out with the next generation of graphics cards -- the Volcanic Islands series. The launch is said to take place in October, so a September end-of-life for the Radeon HD 7990 may not be surprising.

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    Azn Cracker , July 9, 2013 8:29 PM
    ^ actually the gtx 690 was faster than the titan by a pretty big margin. Either way, both are expensive and not worth it.
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    JJ1217 , July 9, 2013 8:22 PM
    Understandable. You can't expect people to buy a $1000 card especially when AMD cards are littered with crossfire issues. And it is most of the time $200 more than two 7970's (close to $400 if you caught those 7970's near $330).
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    smeezekitty , July 9, 2013 8:19 PM
    Unconfirmed
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    JJ1217 , July 9, 2013 8:22 PM
    Understandable. You can't expect people to buy a $1000 card especially when AMD cards are littered with crossfire issues. And it is most of the time $200 more than two 7970's (close to $400 if you caught those 7970's near $330).
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    Azn Cracker , July 9, 2013 8:29 PM
    ^ actually the gtx 690 was faster than the titan by a pretty big margin. Either way, both are expensive and not worth it.
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    smeezekitty , July 9, 2013 8:30 PM
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    What AMD needs to do is push out their own response to the Titan, a monster single GPU card with an enterprise pedigree.

    Absolutely
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    blppt , July 9, 2013 8:45 PM
    I really dont get it....if AMD is having CFX latency issues with the 7990, shouldnt the problem be even worse with crossfired 7970s, or at the very least, the same? Wouldnt they in effect be admitting that their entire CFX driver base is flawed?

    Because, based on my understanding, having both chips on the same board should DECREASE the SLI/Crossfire issues, not make them worse.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 9, 2013 8:50 PM
    It wouldn't really surprise me. Quite a few sources have indicated that the card hasn't been selling well since launch, likely due to AMD's ongoing micro stutter issues. What gets me is that they were aware of the driver issues long before launch, yet they still chose to release the card, and on top of that charge top dollar for it.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 9, 2013 8:55 PM
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    Wouldnt they in effect be admitting that their entire CFX driver base is flawed?

    Well ya, it is. They acknowledged the problem a long time ago and have been actively working on a solution since.
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    renz496 , July 9, 2013 9:06 PM
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    ^ actually the gtx 690 was faster than the titan by a pretty big margin. Either way, both are expensive and not worth it.


    690 is faster but Titan was able to out sell the total sold 690 for a year just in three months. even nvidia themselves are surprised with that. anyway i bet most titan end up with professional or small company that can't afford to get full fledged Tesla

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    bystander , July 9, 2013 9:06 PM
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    I really dont get it....if AMD is having CFX latency issues with the 7990, shouldnt the problem be even worse with crossfired 7970s, or at the very least, the same? Wouldnt they in effect be admitting that their entire CFX driver base is flawed?

    Because, based on my understanding, having both chips on the same board should DECREASE the SLI/Crossfire issues, not make them worse.


    The crossfire problem isn't a latency issue, it is a frame metering issue. Crossfire on a single board or on two different cards does not fix the metering issue. They are working on a new set of drivers which will make the frame variance between multiple GPU's more consistent.
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    midnightgun , July 9, 2013 9:08 PM
    Might also have something to do with most boutique builders not using the card due to heat / throttling issues on the top card
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    vmem , July 9, 2013 9:24 PM
    unconfirmed, but could this mean that they may need even more time to fix xfire drivers for the HD 7000 series, or they're not 100% repairable (making the 7990 a bad value)?

    all in all this would be understandable, especially if they plan on getting a fresh "restart" in october with the HD9000 series, would be awesome if a HD 9990 launches before xmas lol
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    renz496 , July 9, 2013 9:49 PM
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    unconfirmed, but could this mean that they may need even more time to fix xfire drivers for the HD 7000 series, or they're not 100% repairable (making the 7990 a bad value)?

    all in all this would be understandable, especially if they plan on getting a fresh "restart" in october with the HD9000 series, would be awesome if a HD 9990 launches before xmas lol


    9990? if there will be one then we might have a gpu alone will consume 400-500w when fully loaded. :D 

    well joking aside maybe the frame metering tech could be well need the hardware portion as well not a fully software solution. i mean the frame metering only available with kepler and not fermi or much older gpu from nvidia. anyway i'm interested to see how exactly amd going to tackle the issue when they officially release the driver at the end of this month
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    Maximus_Delta , July 9, 2013 10:13 PM
    above is a negative ghost rider... nVidia first implement frame metering as entirely software, only later making it hardware to reduce the few % CPU load... don't worry AMD have got this and most CrossFire rigs are far from short on CPU muscle to power this.
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    vmem , July 9, 2013 10:14 PM
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    well joking aside maybe the frame metering tech could be well need the hardware portion as well not a fully software solution. i mean the frame metering only available with kepler and not fermi or much older gpu from nvidia. anyway i'm interested to see how exactly amd going to tackle the issue when they officially release the driver at the end of this month


    My thoughts exactly. AMD's new management has really been on the ball for the past couple of months, and I think they finally have a marketing team that understands the importance of brand image. Nvidia's new stress with the frame metering technology (rightfully so) caught them by surprise, and we won't see the "complete fix" for this until their next generation of hardware

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    vmem , July 9, 2013 10:16 PM
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    above is a negative ghost rider... nVidia first implement frame metering as entirely software, only later making it hardware to reduce the few % CPU load... don't worry AMD have got this and most CrossFire rigs are far from short on CPU muscle to power this.


    true. but while I love my AMD hardware, be both know that AMD and Nvidia hardware are not the same (as in architecturally). I think it is possible that AMD has run into a few problems that can't be fixed easily (or optimally), and the problem is significant enough to abandon the 7990 and just move on
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    17seconds , July 9, 2013 11:14 PM
    After the disaster of the 6990, and now this, it seems like AMD shouldn't have bothered to release the 7990 at all. All it has done is backfire and throw a huge spotlight on the failings of their technology.
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    albert 89 , July 9, 2013 11:22 PM
    AMD should do the public a favour and create a new developer department that not only caters for CPU's drivers but for its own video cards.
    Maybe all of AMD's drivers can be open source, to reduce costs ???
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    BranFlake5 , July 9, 2013 11:26 PM
    I'm truly losing faith in AMD, They make competitive pricing harder when their tech doesn't work as well. I want low tech prices!
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    bryonhowley , July 9, 2013 11:43 PM
    I guess I have been lucky with my Crossfire Sapphire HD 7950 and Crossfire Sapphire HD 7970 rigs because I have not had any issues with either one not to say I have had any problem with my SLI GTX 670 setup either. I have a FX-8120 with a Crossfire Sapphire HD 7950 a FX-8350 with a Crossfire Sapphire HD 7970 and a i5 3570K with a SLI Gigabyte GTX 670(Winforce2). All running on there own 3x Asus 27" monitor setup. The only real problems I have had with any of them is Nvidia's incomplete Surround driver support it is just not as complete as AMD's Eyefinity.

    As for the 7990 I personally would never buy any dual GPU card no matter what weather Nvidia or AMD for one if something goes wrong you can't just pull one card and keep using the rig you are out of luck. With a standard SLI Crossfire setup if one card goes down you can still use the system by just removing the bad card.
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