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Reference-Design Radeon HD 7990 No Longer a Unicorn

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    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.

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    Source: PC World
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    Many Thanks to Xzbit for the tip.
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    Looks like the 7990 is coming along with some friends

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    "Whisper quiet" should be one of the main focus since the last gen dual-GPU Raden HD6990 was, well you know, "not quiet".
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    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?
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    Its said to be faster then any of the previous New Zealand cards. ASUS Ares and PowerColors Devil

    Maybe they pull a rabbit out of the hat and its the new GCN 1.1 or 2.0 what ever they want to call it.

    All the write-ups coming out reference the new series to be out by Q4 2013. 7790 was the first of the bunch. Naming will be confusing for sure.
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    what exact core being use in this upcoming 7990?
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    2 x 8pin power?

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    The pics Xzbit posted show 2x 8-pin connectors.
    SIGSEGV says thanks.
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    AMD hasnt disclosed it

    Some articles are all over the place from Tahiti Pro, XT / XT2.

    If you look at the card in the picture its a much smaller design then the previous ones. It looks just like the FirePro S10000 and if its suppose to be faster then the Asus Ares II and PowerColor Devil 13. It leads me to beleive there is a new chip under there.

    AMD could just be messing with us and it's a FirePro S10000 :D
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    in my opinion this "beast" card is indeed using a new chip
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    Card looks interesting. Waiting for some reviews.
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    Reminds me of my old Gigabyte GTX 570...
    I am most tempted to get this card upon release, we'll see just how efficient it is and how much better it performs over two 7950's...
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    Interesting to say the least...
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    Ah a sensible x2 8pin version.
    Glad to see AMD finally releasing an official version.
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    They can't even make tech demo by self.
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    Good job AMD, hope to see nvidia doing the same
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    Nor does NVIDIA. It contracts GCI studios.
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    why not making new single gpu card if they're going to use new chip? single gpu cards are much easier to sell than dual gpu cards. also did the card using 2 8 pin? looking at power consumption improvement they come up with 7790 i was thinking they were able to make something that will match 7970 in CF under 300W
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    Of course. Even major game development studios contract CGI studios to create trailers for them.

    Practically every "realistic" CGI trailer (as in, not made with the game's engine) has been created by a different company.
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    Battlefield 4 was demoed using a 7990

    Battlefield 4: Official 17 Minutes "Fishing in Baku" Gameplay Reveal


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    Yeah i really want 400w of heat expelled inside my case
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Shush. I have 2x7970 and a 7950. 400W is minor, really. I bloody well want this card.

    But, I want many things.

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