AMD Radeon HD 7990 Spotted at GDC 2013

As the rumor mill has been hard at work, we can now safely conclude that it is a badly kept secret that AMD was working on an official version of the Radeon HD 7990. The GPU will be based on two Tahiti GPUs and carry 6 GB (3 GB per GPU) of GDDR5 memory that runs over a dual 384-bit memory interface. The codename for the graphics card would be "Malta." The GPUs' core speeds are predicted to lie between 1 GHz and 1.1 GHz.

If the specifications are correct, and if the card will end up performing similar to or better than the current custom HD 7990 solutions, AMD's official Radeon HD 7990 will definitely be giving Nvidia's GTX 690 and GTX Titan a run for their money, particularly in single card configurations. Previously, we had heard rumors that AMD was aiming to outperform Asus' ARES II card with its own official HD 7990 graphics card. Just to show off the performance, it is rumored that AMD is preparing a CryEngine 3 demo that will be showcased with the launch of this beast.

The Malta GPU will also carry a cooler that will pack three fans, just like we've seen on a number of custom HD 7990 cards, among which are PowerColor and Club3D's solutions. According to AMD, the card should be rather quiet as a result of its three fans.

There is n-o word on connectivity, but the pictures that we've seen from show four mini-DisplayPort ports as well as a single DVI port, which we can safely assume will be a dual-link DVI port.

So far, there has been no specific word on pricing or availability, but we can expect the card to launch in Q2 2013 at a price that will approach $1,000.

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  • ddpruitt
    mafisometalthat graphic card will be REALLY LOUD with 3 fans like that.

    I can see you've never owned a card with a good 3 fan setup. They aren't necessarily very loud, the fans can spin slowly to achieve the same cooling as a setup with two fans spinning fast. It's all down to how well it's designed. This is much better than AMD's previous vacuum cleaner design.
  • imsurgical
    I typically buy Nvidia cards, but I have to say, nice job AMD! Always good to see new hardware.
  • kcorp2003
    thats the card that powered the Battlefield 4 demonstration. it's using AMD bird technology to render those birds. AMD is stepping up their game.
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  • keith12
    Couldn't AMD have used a pretty girl to hold it instead!!??? C'mon make an effort at least :)
  • imsurgical
    I typically buy Nvidia cards, but I have to say, nice job AMD! Always good to see new hardware.
  • Memnarchon
    I thought this was the FirePro s10000... :O
    edit: my bad. After examine it a bit, there is difference on the bottom near the PCI Express connection