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AMD Claims 'Fastest Graphics Card in the World'

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AMD has released a monster graphics card with a monster $699 pricetag attached.

AMD is now claiming the "world's fastest graphics card" title with the release of its new dual-GPU, 3D-capable AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card. It comes packed with support for DirectX 11 and includes AMD's PowerTune for performing real-time intelligent power management, enabling higher clock speeds.

"Packing more raw performance than any consumer graphics card ever created, the AMD Radeon HD 6990 provides the latest for the ultimate gaming advantage," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU division, AMD.

Designed with the gamer in mind, AMD's new powerhouse graphics card arrives with native support for up to five displays by way of AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, and an additional sixth display thanks to DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport components which will be available to purchase later this year. There's also a handy dual-BIOS toggle for switching between two different speed settings on the fly (default and overclocked).

Under the hood, there's definitely reason to salivate. The stock engine clock runs at 830 MHz but can be overclocked to a zestier 880 MHz. The card also sports a memory clock of 1.25 GHz, 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, a maximum 320 GB/s memory bandwidth, and a high-speed 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface. The card's TeraScale 3 architecture crams both cores together to spout 3072 stream processors, 192 texture units, 128 Z/Stencil raster operator units, 64 color raster operator units, and dual geometry and rendering engines. Yes, it's a beast.

The new Radeon HD 6990 also features other bells and whistles including improved image quality by way of Enhanced-Quality Anti-Aliasing (EQAA) and Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA), HD3D stereoscopic 3D support, EyeSpeed acceleration technology, a Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD3) video playback accelerator for Blu-ray 3D and HD video, support for HDMI 1.4a, and support for IEEE 754 double precision floating point ops.

Check out our full review here and see if AMD's claim holds true.

“Coupled with AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, AMD PowerTune power management and AMD HD3D, this card is so powerful it can take on even the most demanding ultra-enthusiast tasks," Skynner added.

The AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card is now available at a suggested retail price of $699-- that's currently $100 shy of the Motorola XOOM tablet's unsubsidized pricetag over at Verizon Wireless ($599 subsidized with a two-year contract). That's also roughly the same amount of money gamers would shell out for two brand-new Xbox 360 250 GB consoles ($299.99 each). Evidently the world's fastest graphics card requires one of the world's heftiest pricetags.

As for system requirements, the new AMD graphics card needs a PCI Express based PC with one x16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard and a minimum 1 GG of memory. AMD suggests using a 750W power supply at the very least with two 150W 8-pin PCI Express power connectors. A 1000W power supply and four 8-pin connectors is highly recommended for AMD CrossFireX technology in dual mode. A 1200W power supply is recommended for optimal performance.

For more system requirements, head here.

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    restatement3dofted , March 9, 2011 10:21 PM
    It's amazing what you can do when you're willing to completely disregard noise and heat.
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    chaosgs , March 9, 2011 10:18 PM
    Handing out any free ones Toms? :D 
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    verbalizer , March 9, 2011 10:17 PM
    how damn huge is that monstrosity.? :heink: 
    this is going to be interesting, show me some benches and comparisons (when the nVidia competitor comes out)... :kaola: 
    hahaha :lol:  say the nVidia guys...
    what will they (nVidia) think of next.? ;) 
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    chaosgs , March 9, 2011 10:18 PM
    Handing out any free ones Toms? :D 
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    restatement3dofted , March 9, 2011 10:21 PM
    It's amazing what you can do when you're willing to completely disregard noise and heat.
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    yyk71200 , March 9, 2011 10:23 PM
    Interesting how 6990 and GTX590 will fare against each other. While GPU of GTX580 is technically faster than a GPU in 6980, slapping two 580s together may force NVidia to downclock them more than AMD downclocked 6980s in 6990.
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    saood06 , March 9, 2011 10:30 PM
    yyk71200Interesting how 6990 and GTX590 will fare against each other. While GPU of GTX580 is technically faster than a GPU in 6980, slapping two 580s together may force NVidia to downclock them more than AMD downclocked 6980s in 6990.


    i want to see how much they have to downclock it but i sure want to see how this turns out
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    eklipz330 , March 9, 2011 10:30 PM
    yyk71200Interesting how 6990 and GTX590 will fare against each other. While GPU of GTX580 is technically faster than a GPU in 6980, slapping two 580s together may force NVidia to downclock them more than AMD downclocked 6980s in 6990.

    history shows that nvidia never puts their highest end single gpu cards in their dual gpu card... it'll probably be two gtx 560 ti's in there

    chaosgsHanding out any free ones Toms?

    could you even fit in your case? i know i can't
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    megamanx00 , March 9, 2011 10:54 PM
    That's just nuts. Too much performance perhaps? It will be interesting to see what a company like ASUS might do when they are allowed to use their own PCBs. Of course, that's probably a few months off.
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    17seconds , March 9, 2011 10:57 PM
    Better bookmark this page. With the GTX 590 due for release on March 22nd, Nvidia has plenty of time to fine-tune their card to make sure it takes back the "Fastest Graphics Card in the World" title.
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    rmmil978 , March 9, 2011 10:57 PM
    megamanx00That's just nuts. Too much performance perhaps? It will be interesting to see what a company like ASUS might do when they are allowed to use their own PCBs. Of course, that's probably a few months off.


    Yes! I want to see the next iteration of the Asus Mars...say 2 6970's mashed together that are not downclocked like the 6990 is. Would I ever buy one? NO WAY! But it's fun to see and laugh at, nonetheless.
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    batman4u , March 9, 2011 11:06 PM
    how true is this that AMD reduces image quality? i remember Nvidia 5900 series where acused of this but after this what cards where doing this tricks
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    batman4u , March 9, 2011 11:28 PM
    I build PCs as a hobby and word goes around my collegues and friends that i usually build around 3 pcs per month since 1998(steady since 2002) and try to be Very Objective with Hardware brands, trying out INTEL, AMD and NVidia or ATI (now AMD)

    and from my personal experience...

    i have been a loyal ATI customer (personal Builds) since RAGE LT pro (long time) and always compare every game i actually have while i change VGA and no games between cards made a diference except between Hd series all the way to HD4000 where the 2000 looked on CRYSIS horrible and bought a 3870 where image was better but could not see a relevance, but when i saw the HD4890 quality WOOOOO everything changed to a eyecandy picture and HD5000 and HD6000 series was basically the same

    i do have to point out that X800 cards even though had no SHader 3.0 after Quake 4 a driver update came out which made shader 3.0 emulation very close to what Nvidia had on the 6800 but not that good but still was bareable to play

    and the Direct X9.0 24bit advantage was intelligent and not cheat
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    kurahk7 , March 9, 2011 11:32 PM
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    As for system requirements, the new AMD graphics card needs a PCI Express based PC with one x16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard and a minimum 1 GG of memory.

    1 GG of memory?
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    ltbob , March 9, 2011 11:34 PM
    Fanboys are napping.. :) 

    The card is 1 foot long.. :)  refrence ofc
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    andy5174 , March 9, 2011 11:59 PM
    AMD's image quality cheat:
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/exploring-ati-image-quality-optimizations/
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    darkguset , March 10, 2011 12:00 AM
    Restatement3dofTedIt's amazing what you can do when you're willing to completely disregard noise and heat.


    NVIDIA 480 anyone?... lol
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    welshmousepk , March 10, 2011 12:10 AM
    God i hate fanboys.

    this card is great, but i don't want one. to hot, too loud. I'll pobably get a second 6850 for crossfire, and eventually upgrade to a 6950 or GTX 570 multi GPU setup. but this single card goes beyond the limits for me.
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2011 12:12 AM
    andy: great animated GIF, it'd be helpful if they weren't zoomed-in all to hell, and if the foliage was the same in both pictures. The fact that you have to show such a zoomed-in picture to tell the difference means that you couldn't tell the difference at 0% zoom. AMD does not have any sort of image quality problems, and most people would prefer playable framerates on their particular card rather than "pristine, no-cheating AA".
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    andy5174 , March 10, 2011 12:19 AM
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    andy: great animated GIF, it'd be helpful if they weren't zoomed-in all to hell, and if the foliage was the same in both pictures. The fact that you have to show such a zoomed-in picture to tell the difference means that you couldn't tell the difference at 0% zoom. AMD does not have any sort of image quality problems, and most people would prefer playable framerates on their particular card rather than "pristine, no-cheating AA".

    Fist off, this is the picture from TOM instead of me!

    Second, You AMD fanboys got nothing but trolling skills left after I showed you how wrong you are by providing proofs!

    Third, many peoples are called Andy and it's not my real name anyway. What do you gain by registering a new nick called "andys_dad"?
    All you gained is a childish kid badge.
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    User69 , March 10, 2011 12:54 AM
    With the ability to upgrade the firmware on the $250- 6950 to 6970 and put into crossfire for $200 less than the 6990 AMD really goofed that one up. Good for the consumer, bad for AMD. The performance most likely to be better with crossfire 6950's to 6970's! (On most PC games)
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