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

Benchmark Results: Metro 2033 (DX11)

At 1680x1050 and 1920x1080, the Radeon HD 6990 and Radeon HD 5970 take first and second place, respectively.

But 2560x1600 or higher is where you’d expect to use a dual-GPU card after all, and the 5970 stumbles a bit at that resolution with AAA turned on. Once we swap over to 4x MSAA, each Cypress GPU’s 1 GB frame buffer is overwhelmed and we see performance crater.

Fortunately for AMD, the Radeon HD 5970 is ancient history—you can’t even really buy the thing anymore. Today is all about the 6990, and the 6990 dominates. Even at 2560x1600, the GeForce GTX 580 trails by a fair margin (even more so if you take multi-sample anti-aliasing into account). There’s really no question as to which card is on top.

  • 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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