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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Spotted at GDC 2013

By - Source: Hardware.fr | B 46 comments

Some official pictures of AMD's HD 7990 graphics card have been shot, and they look impressive!

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 Hardware.fr 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 , March 28, 2013 2:46 PM
    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.
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    imsurgical , March 28, 2013 2:11 PM
    I typically buy Nvidia cards, but I have to say, nice job AMD! Always good to see new hardware.
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    kcorp2003 , March 28, 2013 2:56 PM
    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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    imsurgical , March 28, 2013 2:11 PM
    I typically buy Nvidia cards, but I have to say, nice job AMD! Always good to see new hardware.
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    Memnarchon , March 28, 2013 2:17 PM
    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
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    dragonsqrrl , March 28, 2013 2:21 PM
    It looks like the card might only require 2 8-pin connectors, which would be impressive if the rumored specs are accurate. Still not indicative of load power consumption, which could still go over 300W. Actually I would be surprised if it didn't.

    I also really like that AMD is trying something different with the design of their cooler. It's definitely going to limit the types of enclosures it can reliably occupy, but it should at least address one of the problems AMD had with the 6990, noise in relation to thermals.
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    ilysaml , March 28, 2013 2:22 PM
    AMD promised more HD 7X series, and they did...
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    dragonsqrrl , March 28, 2013 2:28 PM
    dragonsqrrlIt looks like the card might only require 2 8-pin connectors, which would be impressive if the rumored specs are accurate. Still not indicative of load power consumption, which could still go over 300W. Actually I would be surprised if it didn't. I also really like that AMD is trying something different with the design of their cooler. It's definitely going to limit the types of enclosures it can reliably occupy, but it should at least address one of the problems AMD had with the 6990, noise in relation to thermals.

    hmm, was the "read comments on forum" button removed? I any case, 375W not 300.
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    Memnarchon , March 28, 2013 2:43 PM
    Quote:
    hmm, was the "read comments on forum" button removed? I any case, 375W not 300.

    You have to do it manually :p 
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    ddpruitt , March 28, 2013 2:46 PM
    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.
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    viliu24 , March 28, 2013 2:55 PM
    i am the happy owner of 2x7970 but whats the point ,micro stuttering is still there , and now i removed one card in the hope soon will get beter drivers .Even in farcry 3 is bad with a single card.Other 7990 are on the market so we need drivers no other cards that are the same, shame amd...
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    kcorp2003 , March 28, 2013 2:56 PM
    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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    spartanmk2 , March 28, 2013 3:03 PM
    AMD 7990: I will devour all your essence! *omnomnomnom*
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    dragonsqrrl , March 28, 2013 3:08 PM
    viliu24i am the happy owner of 2x7970 but whats the point ,micro stuttering is still there , and now i removed one card in the hope soon will get beter drivers .Even in farcry 3 is bad with a single card.Other 7990 are on the market so we need drivers no other cards that are the same, shame amd...

    Anandtech recently published a related acticle:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6857/amd-stuttering-issues-driver-roadmap-fraps

    AMD is in the process of fixing their stuttering issues, and apparently they've already come a long way in addressing the problem. It's a really informative read, I would recommend taking a look.
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    ipwn3r456 , March 28, 2013 3:35 PM
    No more HD 8000 series? I don't think alot of people are going to buy those high-end GPUs...
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    kitsunestarwind , March 28, 2013 3:44 PM
    I know some people complain about micro-stuttering on AMD configs, but I must be lucky or something, but I run 2x 7970's (soon to be 3) all water cooled and Overclocked massively and I find no notice able stuttering problems (especially compared to my old QUAD-GPU system of 2x5970s)
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    bee144 , March 28, 2013 3:46 PM
    AMD needs to get their drivers under control. NVIDIA is getting it right. I saw 5% improvement in BF3 in their latest patch and that game is 2 years old.
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    Friis , March 28, 2013 3:56 PM
    I have had 2 AMD graphic cards not holding together within 5 years( or 2 years for the other card), in some random error where when i do something heavy graphic, the computer restarts. and the error gets worse over several months till its opening minecraft makes it restart. temporary fix for my problem, use a old graphic card for a month and go back to the "good" AMD card, but the error returns.
    now i switched to a Nvidia GTX 660 to see if it can survive longer.
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