Tuesday, March 20th 2012

AMD Radeon HD 7990 Clock Speeds, Chip-Configuration Surface

Closely trailing the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680, and keeping up with its own streak of launching a new graphics card line each month since January, AMD will unveil its Radeon HD 7990 graphics card in April, or so it's reported. INPAI reports the clock-speed and chip-configuration of the upcoming dual-GPU monstrosity. The Radeon HD 7990 packs two 28 nm "Tahiti" GPUs as a "Crossfire on a stick" solution. The Tahiti chips will be clocked at 850 MHz (core), and 1250 MHz (5.00 GHz effective) memory.

The chip-configuration of each of the two Tahiti chips will be the same as that on the Radeon HD 7970, with 2048 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 3 GB of memory, each. The total memory on the card will hence be 6 GB. With the Radeon HD 7970 refusing to budge from its US $549 price-point, it's quite natural that the Radeon HD 7990 will be priced very high. It is gunning to retain the performance crown that's currently disputed between the Radeon HD 6990 and GeForce GTX 590.

Source: INPAI
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43 Comments on AMD Radeon HD 7990 Clock Speeds, Chip-Configuration Surface

#1
radrok
I know this will make me upgrade, I have a weakness for dual GPU graphics... :o
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#2
hardcore_gamer
Why don't they make dual GPU cards with 7870s ? In terms of performance/watt, 7870s are way better than 7970s (and possibly Kepler).
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#3
Crap Daddy
by: hardcore_gamer
Why don't they make dual GPU cards with 7870s ? In terms of performance/watt, 7870s are way better than 7970s (and possibly Kepler).
It will not be enough to beat the dual GK104. Either. If Kepler is so efficient as it's said to be then I see no problem in clocking the GKs higher. Anyway, the price will be mind boggling. For both...
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#4
Horrux
by: Crap Daddy
It will not be enough to beat the dual GK104. Either. If Kepler is so efficient as it's said to be then I see no problem in clocking the GKs higher. Anyway, the price will be mind boggling. For both...
If the 7970 remains at 549, it stands to reason that the 7990 will be something like 899? :eek:
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#5
xenocide
by: Horrux
If the 7970 remains at 549, it stands to reason that the 7990 will be something like 899? :eek:
More than likely. I expect an $800-1000 price tag.
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#6
mtosev
amd will once again have the fastest gfx in the world:)
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#7
Yo_Wattup

Slowish core clocks.... We should expect 2x 8 pin power connectors yes?
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#8
NHKS
by: hardcore_gamer
Why don't they make dual GPU cards with 7870s ? In terms of performance/watt, 7870s are way better than 7970s (and possibly Kepler).
If EVGA did Radeons, you could expect such custom cards, 7870 2Win? :D


As for the 7990, this is what the card will look like... ;)



yep... its photoshopped.. i just came across this
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#9
Prima.Vera
Nice. Probably this card will be the most expensive card in history even more than nVidia 8800 Ultra. My bet is for an 999$ price of the card...
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#10
General Lee
7970 won't remain at launch prices, you can buy them already for ~450€, which is where it should be compared to 500-550€ for a GTX 680.

It's hard to say whether 7990 would be better with Pitcairn than Tahiti. Certainly for gaming Pitcairn is much more efficient, but Tahiti does bring a lot of bandwidth and compute capabilities, plus more VRAM. 2GB really isn't enough for that class of card, they'd need to double it to 4GB. But in the end for gaming purposes I can see 2xPitcairn being more efficient solution than underclocked 2xTahiti. Not that either one has a chance against GK104, it's efficiency is better by far.
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#11
alwayssts
Ya'll have to look at the big picture.

Sure, they could make a 7950x2 with higher core clocks and it would be a more-efficient (for most games) product, but then their load until 20nm would be more-or-less blown.

The business reality is they are going to want to sell you a more efficient product in the same pci-e spec with the same 28nm process again next year to show 'progress'. Maybe 8800 series based.

Who knows...maybe that one will have 8gb (since these cards are for mainly multi-monitor and those could use a 4gb per gpu buffer)...
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#13
radarblade
Either way, I see the 690 smoking past the 7990 what so ever. :D
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#14
KainXS
should wait before you come to that conclusion, if AMD comes up with a good clocking card dual core for not much more than the 7970 I will buy it lol
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#15
GAR
by: mtosev
amd will once again have the fastest gfx in the world:)
And amd will have the worst drivers once again :laugh:
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#16
option350z
Who wants to guess the length of this beast? I'm think 13.5 inches maybe haha. After all I think the longest card recently to date was the 5970?
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#17
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
Finally! This is what I've been waiting for! :pimp:
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#19
GC_PaNzerFIN
I can see the PR highlights already, HD 7990 1K$ Edition. "World's fastest money sucker, upto 340% more expensive than previous generation" :pimp:
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#20
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: mtosev
amd will once again have the fastest gfx in the world:)
And once again no one will care because their drivers are made of FAIL.
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#21
GC_PaNzerFIN
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
And once again no one will care because their drivers are made of FAIL.
I came to same conclusion with HD 5870 CF, hardware is good but quality control with drivers is sloppy at best.
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#22
Prima.Vera
by: General Lee
7970 won't remain at launch prices, you can buy them already for ~450€, which is where it should be compared to 500-550€ for a GTX 680.

It's hard to say whether 7990 would be better with Pitcairn than Tahiti. Certainly for gaming Pitcairn is much more efficient, but Tahiti does bring a lot of bandwidth and compute capabilities, plus more VRAM. 2GB really isn't enough for that class of card, they'd need to double it to 4GB. But in the end for gaming purposes I can see 2xPitcairn being more efficient solution than underclocked 2xTahiti. Not that either one has a chance against GK104, it's efficiency is better by far.
read again the article. It has 3GB of RAM for EACH Gpu totaling 6GB....BTARUN avatar saiz everything! ;):shadedshu
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#23
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: GC_PaNzerFIN
I came to same conclusion with HD 5870 CF, hardware is good but quality control with drivers is sloppy at best.
I loved my 4870 x2, and my 2 5870's but after the umteenth time my games broke, and or I had to change video quality settings to prevent crashing, and artifacting, I said enough and went to Nvidia, and haven't had a single driver problem since, except for a glitch with F@H GPU manager. AMD can make good hardware, but they need to scrap their driver sweat and start from scratch!:shadedshu
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#24
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
And once again no one will care because their drivers are made of FAIL.
Dont blame the drivers on your FAIL'S :D I mean that :twitch:
I been using ati sense the 3 series and upgraded every year and I never had issues or problems with any of there cards.... But has Nvidia fucked up hmmm? I never heard of an ati driver that caused a gpu to go up in smoke! Oh yeah that was Nvidia that smoked up the house :roll:
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#25
happita
Never had an issue with AMDs drivers in my life. Except pre-dating the 9700 pro-era. But from what I heard, Nvidia releases drivers like every 4-6 months? While AMD updates every month or so. And with that, newer games that are released month after month get the support so that our cards gives us more FPS or something else like bug fixes, crash issues, etc. So, while Nvidia users are stuck on a 3-4 driver a year basis, AMD users benefit from the drivers that are released more often than their competitor.
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