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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.

With so much power onboard already, I wasn’t expecting much room for overclocking in the HD 6990, so it came as no surprise that the maximum stable overclock I achieved was 920Mhz on the Core, up from 830Mhz stock while Memory speeds remained the same at 5000Mhz.

Not such a huge jump, but still impressive considering that temperatures remained relatively same at 79°C under load and 40°C while idling. Of course, this nicely takes me to the biggest issue of the HD 6990, the noise. On idle and under medium stress (running benchmarks like Far Cry 2 and StarCraft II) the HD 6990 was hardly loud. Under full stress (running benchmarks like Unigine and Just Cause 2) the HD 6990 got really loud, but not louder than two GTX 580s in SLI or HD 6870s in CrossFire. On our open testbed the HD 6990 got very annoying, but inside a PC case tucked under a table, your mileage may vary.

The AMD HD 6990 occupies a very niche market segment, whereby it’s outperformed by the GTX 580 in SLI, but will also cost about $300 less. It provides an all-in-one solution for those with a dual or triple monitor setup with stable frame rates, but a little noisy. Yes, for $700 you can easily go for a HD 6970 CrossFire setup, which may actually beat the HD 6990 in some benchmarks as it scales better, but you’re talking about more space and power being used up. The noise argument becomes moot at that point. At the end of the day, the HD 6990 is still the most powerful single graphics card on Earth today, and that alone maybe enough for many to pay the high (but not too high) price.

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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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