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AMD Radeon HD 7990: Eight Games And A Beastly Card For $1,000

Results: Hitman: Absolution

Performance in Hitman: Absolution favors AMD’s Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire and new Radeon HD 7990. And, good news: although the hardware frame rates for those two solutions are higher, an almost-complete eradication of runt frames translates into a practical result that comes really close. It’s only lower because of some dropped frames that never get displayed.

All of the Nvidia cards get stuck around 55 FPS. The fact that GeForce GTX Titan leads the pack suggests something other than GPU performance holds GTX 690 and the 680s in SLI back.

We can see where a handful of dropped frames pull the Radeon HD 7990’s practical frame rate down in four distinct areas. But regardless of whether you’re looking at the 7990 or two Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire, AMD does really well in Hitman.

If you pop open the release notes for Catalyst 13.3, you see that AMD optimized latencies for two more games: Hitman: Absolution and Tomb Raider. When you add Borderlands 2 and Skyrim to the list, both of which were optimized in Catalyst 13.2, four of our eight tested titles should run more smoothly than the others.

Borderlands 2 was a strong game for AMD, and the same largely holds true in Hitman. Nvidia’s cards continue to deliver frames more consistently. But a bottleneck of some sort keeps the GeForce boards from challenging the practical frame rates achieved by Radeon HD 7990 and two 7970s in CrossFire.

Interestingly, the prototype Catalyst driver doesn’t help AMD in Hitman. Company representatives divulged that the package is derived from an older branch of its driver. So, it’s entirely possible that the special tweaks that went into Catalyst 13.3 (and carried over to 13.5 Beta 2) supersede the prototype software.

  • blackmagnum
    If I had 1,000 dollars... I would buy a Titan. Its power efficiency, drivers and uber-chip goodness is unmatched.
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  • whyso
    Power usage?

    Thats some nice gains from the prototype driver.
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  • ilysaml
    Nice article!! Unbeatable performance out of the box.
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  • 17seconds
    Sort of seems like a mess to me. The game bundle is nice.
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  • timw03878
    Here's an idea. Take away the 8 games at 40 bucks a piece and deduct that from the insane 1000 price tag.
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  • donquad2001
    this test was 99% useless to the average gamer,Test the card at 1900x1080 like most of us use to get a real ideal of what its like,only your unigine benchmarks helped the average gamer,who cares what any card can do at a resolution we cant use anyway?
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  • cangelini
    whysoPower usage?Thats some nice gains from the prototype driver.Power is the one thing I didn't have time for. We already know the 7990 is a 375 W card, while GTX 690 is a 300 W card, though. We also know AMD has Zero Core, which is going to shave off power at idle with one GPU shut off. I'm not expecting any surprises on power that those specs and technologies don't already insinuate.
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  • ASHISH65
    nice article! here comes the Competitor of gtx 690!
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  • cangelini
    donquad2001this test was 99% useless to the average gamer,Test the card at 1900x1080 like most of us use to get a real ideal of what its like,only your unigine benchmarks helped the average gamer,who cares what any card can do at a resolution we cant use anyway?If you're looking to game at 1920x1080, I can save you a ton of money by recommending something less than half as expensive. This card is for folks playing at 2560 *at least.* Next time, I'm looking to get FCAT running on a 7680x1440 array ;)
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  • hero1
    Nice article. I was hopping that they would have addressed the whining but they haven't and that's a shame. Performance wise it can be matched by GTX 680 SLI and GTX 690 without the huge time variance and runt frames. Let's hope they fix their whining issue and FPS without forcing users to turn on V-sync. For now I know where my money is going consider that I have dealt with AMD before:XFX and Sapphire and didn't like the results (whining, artifacts, XF stops working etc). Sorry but I gave the red team a try and I will stick with Nvidia until AMD can prove that they have fixed their issues.
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