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Radeon HD 6990M is ''World's Fastest'' Mobile GPU

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

A new king of laptop Crysis.

Just a couple of weeks following Nvidia's claim to having the fastest notebook GPU on the planet with its GeForce GTX 580M, AMD has returned fire with its own new chart-topper.

AMD has launched the Radeon HD 6990M GPU, billed as "the world's fastest single mobile graphics processor." Under AMD's favored benchmarks, the Radeon HD 6990M GPU was measured to be "up to 25 percent faster than any other announced notebook enthusiast GPU" – the Nvidia GTX 580M.

The Radeon HD 6990M also represents a significant upgrade from AMD's other current gaming notebook graphics solution, the Radeon HD 6970M.

If you're looking for one of these bad boys to power your next mobile gaming session, check out machines from Alienware and Clevo.

See the charts below for a better idea of what AMD's latest and greatest offers.

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    scook9 , July 13, 2011 1:49 PM
    The price for these cards as an upgrade in the Aliewnare M18x is only $500 over stock compared to $1200 over stock for the GTX 580m's.....how much is PhysX worth again?
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    cknobman , July 13, 2011 1:51 PM
    malmentalso what..got phys-X.?I'll take the GTX580M and be happy...


    LMAO do you realize that Nvidia is charging double the cost of the 6990m??
    If even the 6990m was 5% slower I would still buy it over the overpriced crap 580m.

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    brett1042002 , July 13, 2011 2:43 PM
    Phys-x = over-hyped, over-rated, over-priced.
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    acasel , July 13, 2011 1:13 PM
    no doubt about it! :) 
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    Anonymous , July 13, 2011 1:33 PM
    Only the best for the Angry Birds enthusiast...
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    joytech22 , July 13, 2011 1:37 PM
    If I could afford a mobile system with this card in it, I would buy it.
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    cmartin011 , July 13, 2011 1:44 PM
    HMM it doesn't show watts on there =(
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    scook9 , July 13, 2011 1:49 PM
    The price for these cards as an upgrade in the Aliewnare M18x is only $500 over stock compared to $1200 over stock for the GTX 580m's.....how much is PhysX worth again?
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    cknobman , July 13, 2011 1:51 PM
    malmentalso what..got phys-X.?I'll take the GTX580M and be happy...


    LMAO do you realize that Nvidia is charging double the cost of the 6990m??
    If even the 6990m was 5% slower I would still buy it over the overpriced crap 580m.

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    srgess , July 13, 2011 1:59 PM
    they dont say , you need to play in your freezer with ear plug and a 1000w gas generator for mobile purpose
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    brett1042002 , July 13, 2011 2:43 PM
    Phys-x = over-hyped, over-rated, over-priced.
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    openi3 , July 13, 2011 2:44 PM
    I'm seriously impressed - but not for gaming on a notebook...
    What impresses me is that a small device like this has to have a reasonable thermal envelope in order to function well.
    How this translates to the PC in the near future means that a small form-factor should be very achievable with lower cost PSUs, greater reliability and nicer aesthetics.
    For the spotty gamer's out there I'll translate: What atom+ion was to the HTPC, Sandy bridge + 6990m could easily be for the console form factor PC.
    Give me negative comments please - my last record was about -20 ;) 
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    elbert , July 13, 2011 3:04 PM
    From the specs I would guess this is an ATI 6850. Not a bad GPU for a laptop.
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    scook9 , July 13, 2011 3:09 PM
    elbertFrom the specs I would guess this is an ATI 6850. Not a bad GPU for a laptop.

    Actually it is a 6870, the 6970m was a downclocked 6850
    srgessthey dont say , you need to play in your freezer with ear plug and a 1000w gas generator for mobile purpose

    Quite the ignorant statement! My M18x with the 2920xm and dual 6970m's draws right at 300W under maximum possible system load. The noise was quite acceptable for a laptop and the laptop was not excessively hot to the touch (although the exhaust air was rather hot....but that is the point)
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    vilenjan , July 13, 2011 3:36 PM
    The most powerful notebook GPU is an under clocked 4th tier (580>6970>6950>6870) desktop unit. I am gonna stick to my desktop for gaming I think.
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    scook9 , July 13, 2011 4:30 PM
    vilenjanThe most powerful notebook GPU is an under clocked 4th tier (580>6970>6950>6870) desktop unit. I am gonna stick to my desktop for gaming I think.

    I would call it 2nd tier. 4th best GPU though - which aint bad for a laptop. I think you need to address how you classify GPU "tiers"
    otacon72Alienware is a total waste of money.

    Opinion. I think what you really meant is "gaming laptops are a total waste of money" (which is still your opinion mind you) because Alienware is actually as good if not better value compared to Clevo based solutions. I did not include Asus because their quality and support are a level below Alienware and Clevo.
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    Taylor422 , July 13, 2011 4:49 PM
    No, I think he meant what he said. You can get a laptop with high specs from somewhere other than Alienware, and pay a lot less, because it doesn't have the name "Alienware" on it and some shiny LEDs.
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    scook9 , July 13, 2011 4:52 PM
    Taylor422No, I think he meant what he said. You can get a laptop with high specs from somewhere other than Alienware, and pay a lot less, because it doesn't have the name "Alienware" on it and some shiny LEDs.

    I welcome you providing an example. Because I have been scrutinizing the high end laptop market for 2 years and strongly disagree with what you just said. Please do explain
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    mobrocket , July 13, 2011 4:59 PM
    and the war continues... its like USA vs USSR or AMD vs Intel... either way its good for us...
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    _Pez_ , July 13, 2011 5:38 PM
    let's hope to see some reasonable prices and a long enough warranty, with that kind of hardware I don't want to pay a lot of money for an expensive laptop and just one year of warranty.. that kind of 1 year warranty are just ridiculous.
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    K-zon , July 13, 2011 5:46 PM
    In all honesty i had thought the idea of an APU would of been something of this design with a Central processor attached. Cause for the card size even, you are getting a gpu and cpu for one card size. So you could process quicker within the processing chain, within two additional discrete cards, right? But for mobile graphics discretely to say, are probably very resourceful designs or uses for what they make and offer. Laptops to say have some requires additional to say a tower or PC.

    As for Phyx to say is hard place though, given that anymore is more of just having another GPU then anything. Rather even on the mobile for ATI with Radeons, hard saying. There isnt much interest probably for them, when with another GPU or better can process more frame rates at higher details.

    As say for the War continues is as speculative as saying probably there isnt a difference between a desktop card and laptop card, right? Or a Phyx card and GPU card. Rather ATI calls thiers Phyx i dont know.
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