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AMD Radeon HD 6990 4 GB Review: Antilles Makes (Too Much) Noise

Benchmark Results: F1 2010 (DX11)

AMD’s Radeon HD 6990 does well in F1 2010. However, its lead isn’t as commanding as we’ve seen in other apps.

More important, turning on anti-aliasing hammers performance in a major way, making the 6990 the slowest card across the board with that feature enabled. AMD claimed the issue is related to its Catalyst Application Profiles and issued us an update. But the new profile didn’t affect performance at all.

With that said, the mature Radeon HD 5970 is the next-fastest board, and it handles anti-aliasing, no problem. Nvidia’s flagship GeForce GTX 580 again comes in third place, sans AA.

Update: After our initial benchmarks were run with the 11.4 preview driver, AMD issued an updated Catalyst Application Profile to fix F1 2010 performance with AA enabled. It didn't improve our scores. It issued us yet another update after that, and this third attempt finally yielded productive results.

We’re still left with a reminder that, although we’re working with one PCI Express x16 graphics card, we’re subject to the constraints and requirements of a CrossFire configuration.

  • hayest
    Killer Card!

    Out of spec for default seems kind of weird though.
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  • CrazeEAdrian
    Great job AMD. You need to expect noise and heat when dealing with a card that beasts out that kind of performance, it's part of the territory.
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  • jprahman
    This thing is a monster, 375W TDP, 4GB of VRAM! Some people don't even have 4GB of regular RAM in their systems, let alone on their video card.
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  • one-shot
    Did I miss the load power draw? I just noticed the idle and noise ratings. It would be informative to see the power draw of Crossfire 6990s and overclocked i7. I see the graph, but a chart with CPU only and GPU only followed by a combination of both would be nice to see.
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  • anacandor
    For the people that actually buy this card, i'm sure they'll be able to afford an aftermarket cooler for this thing once they come out...
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  • wino85
    OMG!!! It's finally here.
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  • cangelini
    one-shotDid I miss the load power draw? I just noticed the idle and noise ratings. It would be informative to see the power draw of Crossfire 6990s and overclocked i7. I see the graph, but a chart with CPU only and GPU only followed by a combination of both would be nice to see.
    We don't have two cards here to test, unfortunately. The logged load results for a single card are on the same page, though!
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  • bombat1994
    things we need to see are this thing water cooled.

    and tested at 7680 x 1600

    that will see just how well it does.

    That thing is an absolute monster of a card.

    They really should have made it 32nm. then the power draw would have fallen below 300w and the thing would be cooler.

    STILL NICE WORK AMD
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  • Bigmac80
    Pretty fast i wonder if this will be cheaper then 2 GTX 570's or 2 6950's?
    But omg this thing is freakin loud. What's the point of having a quite system now with Noctua fans :(
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  • tacoslave
    Its hot, sucks alot of power, and costs a ton. But i still want one.








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