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Rumor: Radeon HD 7990 Set to Launch After Nvidia's Kepler

By - Source: NordicHardware | B 62 comments

With Nvidia's new Kepler set to release this month, we are now hearing that AMD has the Radeon HD 7990 ready in the wings.

Right before the New Year, we learned about the upcoming "New Zealand" graphics card, which is based on two "Tahiti" HD 7900 series graphics chipsets. With Nvidia set to release its first 28 nm based Kepler card later this month, Fudzilla reports that AMD plans to launch the Radeon HD 7990 just weeks after NVIDIA introduces its new GeForce GTX 680.

Though the final specifications are not known, it is rumored the HD 7990 will feature a core clock of 850 MHz, memory clock of 1250 MHz (5 GHz effective), 6 GB GDDR memory (3 GB per GPU), with 384-bit (x2) memory bus. It will be based on a PCIe 3.0 interface and support for DirectX 11.0 and OpenGL 4.0. In addition, the card will include 62 compute units for a total of 4096 (2048 x2) stream processors, 256 (128 x2) texture units and 64 (932 x2) full color ROPs.

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The one thing we do know based on past experience with AMD's dual-GPUs, is the Radeon HD 7990 will be 1) expensive (suggested price around $850 dollars) and 2) a lengthy graphics card (over 11.5 inches). For those Nvidia fans, I wouldn't worry too much, as it is rumored that Nvidia already has its own dual GK104 card ready to counter attack.

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    Cryio , March 16, 2012 5:22 PM
    "It will be based on a PCIe 3.0 interface and support for DirectX 11.0 and OpenGL 4.0". It's DirectX 11.1 and OpenGL 4.2 guys.
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    Maximus_Delta , March 16, 2012 5:22 PM
    I have crossfire 7970s and BF3 runs perfectly !! No other games needs that level of power, the drivers don't seem too bad to me so far and not like nVidia is perfect. Just stop banging on about AMD drivers like it completely makes or breaks it, things have improved.
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    soccerplayer88 , March 16, 2012 7:00 PM
    Good lord, the Nvidia fans came out in droves.

    Don't like Radeon products? Don't post. Pretty simple. Until real world benchmarks (not NVIDIA based marks) come out for the 680, the 7970 is still king in single GPU setups.
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    Memnarchon , March 16, 2012 5:05 PM
    With this superb performance of the single gpus (7970 and promised 680) we wouldn't need dual gpus for single monitors unless, we see new metro 2033 or stalker or something similar...
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    ubercake , March 16, 2012 5:17 PM
    A dual processor GPU is nothing without solid driver support. AMD notoriously screws over their crossfire customers.
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    SirGCal , March 16, 2012 5:20 PM
    Love my 7970x2 setup; but it is wounderful to hear more is just around the corner! Competition is the best for consumers. Better products at better prices.
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    Cryio , March 16, 2012 5:22 PM
    "It will be based on a PCIe 3.0 interface and support for DirectX 11.0 and OpenGL 4.0". It's DirectX 11.1 and OpenGL 4.2 guys.
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    Maximus_Delta , March 16, 2012 5:22 PM
    I have crossfire 7970s and BF3 runs perfectly !! No other games needs that level of power, the drivers don't seem too bad to me so far and not like nVidia is perfect. Just stop banging on about AMD drivers like it completely makes or breaks it, things have improved.
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    rantoc , March 16, 2012 5:39 PM
    Maximus_DeltaI have crossfire 7970s and BF3 runs perfectly !! No other games needs that level of power, the drivers don't seem too bad to me so far and not like nVidia is perfect. Just stop banging on about AMD drivers like it completely makes or breaks it, things have improved.


    Breaks it - i'd agree on that sadly. Took several weeks to get descent xfire support in Skyrim, and with that kind of blockbuster title it should have been present at release day. Not weeks after. Incompetence or ignorance towards their customers, i don't know either way its bad. I hope they make good on their promises to speed up the adaptations of new titles this round, not like the last that was pretty much only BS!
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    eklerus , March 16, 2012 5:46 PM
    i know people with the money for this kind of graphics will be happy to make tri fire very easy
  • 14 Hide
    11796pcs , March 16, 2012 5:52 PM
    One 7970 is so powerful that I couldn't understand anyone enduring the pain of Crossfire/SLI or dual-GPU cards unless they were running three or more monitors.
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    shin0bi272 , March 16, 2012 6:02 PM
    and the nvidia 690 is set for May... what's your point?

    http://www.videocardz.com/30962/geforce-gtx-690-to-be-released-in-may



    [edit] tried to tell fudzilla this but their contact link is broken... you have to do some math to avoid a "spam check" but even if you put in the right number it says you failed the check LOL must be using an AMD processor on the server [/edit]
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    Anonymous , March 16, 2012 6:03 PM
    Every review of the latest AMD series GPUs show that they have almost perfect scaling! That means that in many cases the addition of the 2nd GPU means a leap in performance of to about 100% - given that the game is not CPU limited. So I dont understand what u guys mean when talking about AMD screwing anybody with crossfire. They have the last 2 generation of graphics cards been better than nVidia at this.
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    spookyman , March 16, 2012 6:03 PM
    Might be a great card but poor driver support will kill it.

    Granted 7970 is a nice card.

    Now Nvidia goes out of their way to make drivers work for their cards. Nvidia tends to be friendlier with games then AMD does.
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    maxinexus , March 16, 2012 6:46 PM
    Amd and nvidia cards are about the same. I own 7 nvidia cards( from Geforce2Mx to GTX285 series) and had to RMA 6 times. Now, I own 4 6950 and I RMA only one ( my fault...after flashing to 6970 it had artifacts). So AMD is not that bad at all
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    _Pez_ , March 16, 2012 6:52 PM
    hmm looks like Nvidia has a big surprise under its sleeve... and if so I want that piece of 2304cudacores :) 
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    soccerplayer88 , March 16, 2012 7:00 PM
    Good lord, the Nvidia fans came out in droves.

    Don't like Radeon products? Don't post. Pretty simple. Until real world benchmarks (not NVIDIA based marks) come out for the 680, the 7970 is still king in single GPU setups.
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    Haserath , March 16, 2012 7:03 PM
    Quote:
    In addition, the card will include 62 compute units for a total of 4096 (2048 x2) stream processors

    I believe that should be 64 CUs since the 7970 has 32 CUs for 2048 SPs.
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