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Report: AMD's Codename Malta GPU Will be Radeon HD 7990

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Fudzilla has got its hands on some more information regarding AMD's upcoming HD 7990 GPU.

A report at Fudzilla  mentions that the Radeon HD 7990 GPU is codenamed Malta, and not what we were previously led to believe, New Zealand. Moreover, the the card could feature dual Tahiti XT cores that may run above 1 GHz, which might leave Asus somewhat concerned. Asus's fastest card on the market at the moment is its ARES II card, which is a Dual 7970 card that has its own liquid cooling loop. Asus's card is clocked at 1050 base and 1150 Boost, but the reports indicate that AMD might be looking to  exceed these speeds with the Malta GPU.

Other information is that the card will come packed with a massive 6 GB of GDDR5 memory (unsurprising seen as the 7970 carries 3 GB) along a 2 x 384-bit memory interface.

Sources also indicate that the card would launch within a few months from now, but some of Fudzilla's other sources claim that the card is around the corner. It is fair to assume that AMD is waiting for the real world tests of Nvidia's new GeForce GTX Titan, and then clock and price its 7990 accordingly.

Unfortunately that's all the information we have for the time being, but it's good to see that AMD is living up to its promise of delivering more HD 7000 goodness this year.

 

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    wannabepro , February 25, 2013 1:21 PM
    All these beautiful cards I can't afford..
    I can read, and dream..
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    battlecrymoderngearsolid , February 25, 2013 1:17 PM
    Hmm. Perhaps they can release the 7990 for $650-750? If they could, that would hurt the GTX 690. Badly.
    Titan is still in a class of it's own though. Titan is the only Single GPU as of now that can truly play Crysis 3 at Very High and get 60fps... and that is just 1080p.(Though, I am not saying that it makes sense to buy a freaking 1k dollar GPU for one game...)
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    battlecrymoderngearsolid , February 25, 2013 1:22 PM
    aoneoneWow, nvidia move on over. I thought I would never say this but.. looks like AMD is sh*tting on Nvidia out the water in 2013.Ever since I was disappointed with the GTX Titan review couple days ago, and also surprised by the benchmark results of the 7970 series during comparison mind you, looks like I might be looking forward to the 7990~ ^_^


    The Titan was for the price, disappointing. If it did match the 690 or even the 670 SLI then it would have been fine but no.
    It performed more like 660Ti SLI.
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    battlecrymoderngearsolid , February 25, 2013 1:17 PM
    Hmm. Perhaps they can release the 7990 for $650-750? If they could, that would hurt the GTX 690. Badly.
    Titan is still in a class of it's own though. Titan is the only Single GPU as of now that can truly play Crysis 3 at Very High and get 60fps... and that is just 1080p.(Though, I am not saying that it makes sense to buy a freaking 1k dollar GPU for one game...)
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    aoneone , February 25, 2013 1:18 PM
    Wow, nvidia move on over. I thought I would never say this but.. looks like AMD is sh*tting on Nvidia out the water in 2013.

    Ever since I was disappointed with the GTX Titan review couple days ago, and also surprised by the benchmark results of the 7970 series during comparison mind you, looks like I might be looking forward to the 7990~ ^_^
  • 42 Hide
    wannabepro , February 25, 2013 1:21 PM
    All these beautiful cards I can't afford..
    I can read, and dream..
  • 13 Hide
    maximiza , February 25, 2013 1:22 PM
    hopefully this drops prices on the 7870's
  • 24 Hide
    battlecrymoderngearsolid , February 25, 2013 1:22 PM
    aoneoneWow, nvidia move on over. I thought I would never say this but.. looks like AMD is sh*tting on Nvidia out the water in 2013.Ever since I was disappointed with the GTX Titan review couple days ago, and also surprised by the benchmark results of the 7970 series during comparison mind you, looks like I might be looking forward to the 7990~ ^_^


    The Titan was for the price, disappointing. If it did match the 690 or even the 670 SLI then it would have been fine but no.
    It performed more like 660Ti SLI.
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    swordrage , February 25, 2013 1:48 PM
    wannabeproAll these beautiful cards I can't afford..I can read, and dream..


    Same here... LOL
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    therogerwilco , February 25, 2013 1:58 PM
    Cards are just plain too exspensive anymore... I got 2 570's for sli a year ago, and still my only options to upgrade are in the $350+ price range. First time I ever spent 700$ on some gpu's, and they're great, but even farcry 3 had issues (I'm hoping it's because it was the beta) running 2560x1600 with max settings...
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    jupiter optimus maximus , February 25, 2013 2:01 PM
    Exceed the performance of the Asus Ares II, consume no more than 155% more wattage than a single 7970, be priced for $1000 at most and it is an overall win.
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    horaciopz , February 25, 2013 2:01 PM
    wannabeproAll these beautiful cards I can't afford..I can read, and dream..


    I feel you brother, I feel you.
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    Au_equus , February 25, 2013 2:06 PM
    Quote:
    It is fair to assume that AMD is waiting for the real world tests of Nvidia's new GeForce GTX Titan, and then clock and price its 7990 accordingly
    Apples to oranges. They're going to compare it to nvidia's dual gpu: gtx690. If they're going to price it according to performance based on the titan, then you're looking at least $1200 for a reference 7990, which in turn is going to favor the 690.
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    bustapr , February 25, 2013 2:25 PM
    merikafyeahOn the flip side, all Nvidia has to do is cut the Titan's artificially inflated price in half, and AMD will be sooooooo screwed.All the more so if they announce price cuts on the same day the 7990 is released, just to rain on their parade.

    nvidia is more likely to create flying pigs than to cut the price of the titan by half any time in the near future. nvidia priced it at $1000 despite the 690(their very own top card) smacking it around in everything. even if the 7990 is better, its more likely to see a 690 price drop. But thats also unlikely because at that price point and power its mostly the diehard fans who buy. A $50 price drop wont affect the sale of a $1000 card by alot.
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    azraa , February 25, 2013 2:32 PM
    I dont really know why all the people got excited about the Ares II.
    No drivers from AMD, it is going to suck in scaling the gpus, and may even hinder some games past the level of a much cheaper card.
    Surprise anyone? Is Malta comes, then ASUS has a major problem on their hands, their flagship AMD card is going to fail miserably for the price.
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    darkchazz , February 25, 2013 2:39 PM
    Off topic: Is toms going to do a benchmark of Crysis 3 ? ^_^
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    TheMadFapper , February 25, 2013 2:50 PM
    I would absolutely buy one if it comes at or under 750. I feel like that would severely hurt 690 and Titan sales (which I don't have a problem with; $1100 for one card is hard to justify even for people who can afford it, so shame on them).
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    excella1221 , February 25, 2013 3:27 PM
    Oh my god, the long wait is finally over!
    I hope they don't go all nVIDIA on the pricing though.

    Quote:
    Other information is that the card will come packed with a massive 6 GB of GDDR5 memory (unsurprising seen as the 7970 carries 3 GB)

    So does this mean an actual USABLE 6gb of VRAM, or is it just another one of those marketing scams where they add up the x2 3gb VRAMs that just mirror each other?
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    chumly , February 25, 2013 3:33 PM
    "real-world" tests? They already benched the hell out of the thing.
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2013 3:57 PM
    @azraa: umm what? No drivers from AMD?

    This card is a dual-GPU card running CrossFire, same as running 2 7970s. There are only a few differences, mainly that it has 2 GPUs on one card and they share PCI Express bandwidth via a PLX chip.

    The card still appears as 2 7970s to the system, and any (all) 7xxx AMD drivers that support CrossFire 7970s will support ARES II, and the profiles that work on CF will work on ARES II.

    The ARES II does not use any proprietary tech that make it incompatible with AMD's drivers! It has a beefed up board & power design and a better cooler.
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    s3anister , February 25, 2013 4:26 PM
    chumly"real-world" tests? They already benched the hell out of the thing.

    Yes and no. If you've read the Anandtech article there are a number of GPGPU bench comparisons missing due to broken drivers. Link to the article below:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6774/nvidias-geforce-gtx-titan-part-2-titans-performance-unveiled/4
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    vitornob , February 25, 2013 4:42 PM
    excella1221Oh my god, the long wait is finally over!I hope they don't go all nVIDIA on the pricing though.So does this mean an actual USABLE 6gb of VRAM, or is it just another one of those marketing scams where they add up the x2 3gb VRAMs that just mirror each other?


    Considering the x2 384-bit memory interface, we shall consider that the HD7990 is a dual-GPU. So, it's one of those marketing scams.
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