Sunday, April 1st 2012

AMD Radeon HD 7990 Reference Board Pictured, Specs Confirmed in GPU-Z Screenshot

Admittedly, this is a terrible day for news on unannounced GPUs, but we rushed it in anyway. Here are the first board shots of AMD's next-generation dual-GPU graphics card, the Radeon HD 7990 (codename: "New Zealand"). Sources told us that AMD working overtime to release this SKU, to restore performance-leadership of the Radeon HD 7900 series. The dual-GPU card, according to the specifications at hand, is bearing AMD's coveted "GHz Edition" badge, its core is clocked higher than that of the HD 7970.

But first, the board shot. Pictured below is the first picture of this beast. Right away you'll question its authenticity for using a 70 mm fan instead of a lateral-flow blower, but that design change serves a purpose. Despite its high performance, the previous-generation Radeon HD 6990 was plagued with user complaints of high noise. That's because a single, normal-sized lateral-flow blower was positioned in the center, blowing through two sets of aluminum channels, at a very high speed. With the HD 7990, AMD on the other hand, borrowed the ventilation design of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590, to a large extant. It reused the fan found on reference-design HD 7850 and HD 7770, and placed it in middle of two heatsinks.

The picture reveals the card to be fairly long. AMD chose a fancy PCB number to denote "leeeet" (elite), it did a similar word-play with "AUSUM", around the HD 6990. The card is using an AMD-rebadged PLX PEX8747 PCI-Express 3.0 48-lane bridge chip, which features "broadcast" features that makes it fit for dual-GPU graphics cards. Moving on to specifications, the HD 7990 features 1 GHz core clock speed, with 1250 MHz memory. The card has a total of 6 GB GDDR5 memory, 3 GB per GPU. It features completely-unlocked 28 nm "Tahiti XT" GPUs, with 2048 stream processors. It draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include one dual-link DVI, four mini-DisplayPort connectors. Slated for a "hard-launch" on April 17, AMD's Radeon HD 7990 6 GB "New Zealand" will target a price-point of US $849.
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84 Comments on AMD Radeon HD 7990 Reference Board Pictured, Specs Confirmed in GPU-Z Screenshot

#1
Dj-ElectriC
849$?
TBH that is way lower then what i thought the price-tag would be considering HD7970. (999$)
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#3
Dj-ElectriC
I think they are! Nice design AMD! Waiting patiently!
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#4
robal
by: btarunr
Admittedly, this is a terrible day for news on unannounced GPUs
You bet !

Well, because of that, I'm very sceptical on 1Ghz thing...
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#5
Yo_Wattup
Why do they insist on using only one fan? I dont understand???
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#6
Dj-ElectriC
Because its a Ghz edition fan! its way way better then the reference ugly one...
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#7
Vinska
Even when disregarding what day is today, both the card and the GPU-Z shots look fishy to me.

P.S. Say, when in CFSLI, does GPU-Z report the fillrate of individual GPUs, or a combined value? (Honestly, I forgot which. But, in case of the later, it is obviously a fake. *shrug*)
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#9
Black Flag
For the thread, it's fake. I don't think that 7990 will be launched soon.
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#10
W1zzard
by: Vinska
P.S. Say, when in CFSLI, does GPU-Z report the fillrate of individual GPUs, or a combined value? (Honestly, I forgot which. But, in case of the later, it is obviously a fake. *shrug*)
it reports the fillrate of the single gpu

dear bta, i told you so:
btarunr [MSN], 01.04.2012 10:35:30:
starting work on post

W1zzard, 10:35:58:
maybe post tomorrow ?

W1zzard, 10:36:19:
people won't believe it today

W1zzard, 10:36:22:
and sunday is low traffic

btarunr [MSN], 10:37:46:
I'm starting the post like this: "Admittedly, this is a terrible day for news on unannounced GPUs..."

W1zzard, 10:37:54:
hmm could work
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#11
Hayder_Master
smell April joke, most funny thing i see it's 1ghz speed, lol
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#12
LDNL
Here's how you start it
"April fools aside, AMD Radeon HD 7990 Reference Board Pictured, Specs Confirmed in GPU-Z Screenshot"
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#13
Maban
by: btarunr
AMD chose a fancy PCB number to denote "leeeet" (elite), it did a similar word-play with "AUSUM", around the HD 6990.
Looks to me the PCB number says either 109-C33337-300 or 109-C32337-300. Where are you getting "leeeet"?

Just me or does the card seem a little short for dual Tahiti, twenty-four RAM chips, VRMs, and a switch? I calculate it at a full inch shorter than 6990.
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#14
NHKS
by: btarunr
Sources told us that AMD working overtime to release this SKU, to restore performance-leadership of the Radeon HD 7900 series.

The picture reveals the card to be fairly long. AMD chose a fancy PCB number to denote "leeeet" (elite), it did a similar word-play with "AUSUM", around the HD 6990.
by: Dj-ElectriC
849$?
TBH that is way lower then what i thought the price-tag would be considering HD7970. (999$)
by: W1zzard

dear bta, i told you so:


thanks! TPU..
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#15
micropage7
by: Yo_Wattup
Why do they insist on using only one fan? I dont understand???
coz they move to use 28nm that means less power, less heat but better performance. so thats why they use small and single fan :D
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#17
radrok
Must not fap!!!

Seriously, I have a very very strong perversion with dual GPUs cards :O
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#18
Ghost
by: W1zzard
definitely fake

(can't explain more, without telling people what to do better in future fakes :) )
This ;)
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#22
Maban
by: laszlo
vinska got u bt
That doesn't mean anything. AMD/ATI is known for photoshopping numerous cards out of one photo. The trollface could very well be on those who think this is fake.
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#23
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: qubit
To bta: write this out (by hand) 128 times: I MUST TRY HARDER!

:toast:
My 2010 joke drove people to suicide. So you know I'm different if I'm joking.

by: Maban
That doesn't mean anything. AMD/ATI is known for photoshopping numerous cards out of one photo.
They're even worse at presentations.
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#24
radrok
Even if this is fake we already know that the 7990 will come out soon, one thing that puzzles me is why on the GPU it doesn't report New Zealand instead of Tahiti, my 6990s on GPU-Z is addressed as Antilles and the GPU on the 6970 shows Cayman XT

Maybe because the GPU is the same and there is no 7990 support out yet for GPU-Z?
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#25
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: radrok
Even if this is fake we already know that the 7990 will come out soon, one thing that puzzles me is why on the GPU it doesn't report New Zealand instead of Tahiti
Because GPU-Z 0.6.0 doesn't have tested support for HD 7990. It still recognizes HD 7990 as two HD 7900 series "Tahiti" graphics cards in CrossFire. Things like GPU codename and launch date are parameters that are manually written to GPU-Z's database. With most other things, GPU-Z is taught how to detect them.
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