Wednesday, March 27th 2013

Reference-Design Radeon HD 7990 No Longer a Unicorn

In its GDC press-briefing on Tuesday, AMD previewed the reference-design Radeon HD 7990 dual-GPU graphics card. The company dragged its feet over such a product throughout 2012, and allowed its AIB partners to launch graphics cards with their own designs. Among the two that made it to the market were a PCS+ board by TUL, sold under the PowerColor, VTX3D, and Club3D brands, and the ASUS ROG ARES II. While those cards had different company codename, "New Zealand," the new HD 7990 is being referred to internally, as "Malta."

AMD's belated move to launch the Radeon HD 7990 reference design could reiterate the company's long-haul strategy with the Radeon HD 7000 series, which could sail the company through the crucial Summer sales season, over to Q4 2013, when the company is expected to launch its next GPU generation. AMD's reference design HD 7990 enjoys an edge over current market offerings: dual-slot thickness. It uses three 90 mm fans to cool a complex heatsink cooling the two GPUs, the bridge chip, and the VRM to feed them all. AMD didn't speak much about the card, but mentioned that its triple-fan approach is paying dividends. "It's whisper quiet," commented Matt Skynner, general manager of AMD's graphics business unit.


Source: PC World
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61 Comments on Reference-Design Radeon HD 7990 No Longer a Unicorn

#1
15th Warlock
by: eidairaman1
for it to be a dual slot cooler unit which looks like something from arctic cooling
Yes, reminds me of the Arctic Accelero, only in a two slot package, much more convenient :)
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eidairaman1
by: 15th Warlock
Yes, reminds me of the Arctic Accelero, only in a two slot package, much more convenient :)
Best of all it matches the boards colors right
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#4
n0tiert
by: jigar2speed
A drop of water or Extreme high voltage at lowest possible for both GPU will do amazing job. :D
they are on water already... she would not belive it ..... in first case

:D
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#5
tacosRcool
Will this be the fastest gpu for like a few months until the next series of gpus comes out
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#6
Slizzo
by: DRDNA
well both my 4870x2's together are really starting to show just how long in the tooth they really are and this is appealing for sure :toast: I am sure I will only be able to afford one but still a foot in the right direction.:o
Well, good thing is that one of these will no doubt utterly destroy your 2x 4870x2s.
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#7
tokyoduong
by: 15th Warlock
Looks like AMD is being really smart here by using 3 big fans as opposed to a blower design, bigger fans = more air flow at lower RPMs, this should keep thermals and acoustics in check, this should be a monster of a card.

The only issue is blowing this heat into the case as mentioned by others, but if your case has a good airflow (and it should) this shouldn't even be a problem :toast:
Any case that can fit this will probably come stock with good air flow. Anyone buying this card probably already has an elaborate set up with watercooling or massive fans.
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#8
NeoXF
by: renz496
why now? i thought they gave up on making one last year. what improvement or advantage will it have over 7990 from AIB before this?
Better power usage (and thus, silicon)... probably faster overall (than even ASUS Ares II) and most probably full-on driver support... rather than makeshift R7970 CF ones... or however stock drivers treat AIB models... oh and also hopefully a price lower than 1000$... I'm hoping for 700... 900 tops... that would seriously cripple nVidia's TITAN/GTX690 market...


Edit: Also, I really hope the stock cooler is decent, temperature and noise -wise... because it might not look as stylish as nVidia's ones... but it sure as hell looks beastly and just screams "bitch, I own this game"...
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#9
n0tiert
i would love to see some benchmarks with this baby and the ARES2, the 7990´s from Club 3D/PowerColor & Devil 13 non reference
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#10
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: cadaveca
Shush. I have 2x7970 and a 7950. 400W is minor, really. I bloody well want this card.

But, I want many things.
First, crossfire has to work...............:o :D
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#11
NeoXF
by: n0tiert
i would love to see some benchmarks with this baby and the ARES2, the 7990´s from Club 3D/PowerColor & Devil 13 non reference
HIS also has the Radeon HD 7970 X2 in the same category...


IMHO, looks like the best card for 2560x1440@120Hz setups, wish AMD would also release a monitor overclocking tool as well... or a compact Eyfinity setup.
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