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AMD HD 6990 Review

By on March 18, 2011
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AMD’s behemoth takes the crown, yet again.

Good: Extremely fast, Can easily support Eyefinity, All that power on one card
Bad: Too loud under load, May not fit in all cases
Price: AED 2,800
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Since the end of 2010 AMD has successfully launched their 2nd generation DX11 cards from the highest-end HD 6970 to the entry-level HD 6850. AMD’s top-end HD 6970 may have been enough to beat Nvidia’s 2nd tiered GTX 570, but it was still no match for the GTX 580. Ironically the claim to the world’s fastest single card solution was still held by AMD’s very own HD 5970. Last week AMD launched their newest flagship graphics card, the HD 6990.

A follow up to their wildly successful and incredibly expensive HD 5970, the HD 6990 carries two HD 6970 cores and 4GB of ram on a single PCB. And much like the HD 5970, the HD 6990 measures a cool 12″, so make sure your PC case can handle it.

Unlike the HD 5970 which had the fan located on the far end of the PCB, the HD 6990 keeps things cool with the fan smack in the middle of the two GPUs. Speaking of pairs, the HD 6990 comes with a Dual BIOS switch which allows end-users to fiddle around with the settings of the HD 6990 and customize performance to their liking. That would be set to switch 1, at switch 2 the HD 6990 runs at factory default settings and these cannot be changed. Of course, one can still use software (such as MSI Afterburner) to increase factory speeds and overclock the card.

The HD 6990 is obviously designed with big resolutions in mind, as such, AMD’s Eyefinity display setup was at the core of the HD 6990′s design. It’s no surprise to see that the card has four mini-DisplayPorts 1.2 outputs along with a dual DVI port at the back. DisplayPort 1.2 not only allows for higher bandwidth and thus higher resolutions, but also stereoscopic 3D for those who have 120Hz monitors.

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  • Newbz

    Question on a personal choice.
    If you could pick a graphics card which had all the features such as display , noise , heat generation , power consumption , space requirement which would it be? Price factor can’t come into play since one has to give one a variable when asking for positive results from other constraints..

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      Well, I’ll be in a much better position to answer that question on 24th of March ;)
      On the other hand, if I had to answer your questions with all the cards available in the market right now, then it would have to be the HD 6990. That said, if I had a three or four monitor setup, then I would go with two GTX 580s in SLI.

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      Well, I’ll be in a much better position to answer that question on 24th of March ;)
      On the other hand, if I had to answer your questions with all the cards available in the market right now, then it would have to be the HD 6990. That said, if I had a three or four monitor setup, then I would go with two GTX 580s in SLI.

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      Well, I’ll be in a much better position to answer that question on 24th of March ;)
      On the other hand, if I had to answer your questions with all the cards available in the market right now, then it would have to be the HD 6990. That said, if I had a three or four monitor setup, then I would go with two GTX 580s in SLI.

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  • Naved

    u should have tried the 2nd bios switch that will give u a OC of 880mhz with 1.175v and from there u can carry on ur OC and u can achieve higher OCs like 950-970mhz even 1000mhz BUT the fan should be @ 100%……

  • Sack

    fuck

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