Monday, February 28th 2011

March 8 Launch Date for Radeon HD 6990

The the consumer graphics industry is about to see yet another round of competition between top market players AMD and NVIDIA in March, with reports suggesting that the red team (AMD) has chosen March 8 as the launch date of its Radeon HD 6990 graphics card. NVIDIA's response, the GeForce GTX 590 is slated for sometime later in March, as well. AMD is said to be finalizing the SKU, and it should be launched by partners on the 8th of next month. The Radeon HD 6990 is a dual-GPU "CrossFire on a stick" solution, in which two AMD Cayman GPUs with 2 GB of memory each, work in tandem.

Source: 3D Center, Image Courtesy Hexus.net
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84 Comments on March 8 Launch Date for Radeon HD 6990

#1
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
hayder.master said:
it's too long to release, it not will be something interesting anymore
Long card is Long
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#2
a111087
March 8 is woman's day in russia and other countries near by. and we keep releasing video cards and games on this day, like it's christmas, lol.
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#3
The Witcher
brandonwh64 said:
LOL nothing here was fanboyish or trollish about what i said. that hardware should have ran the game well beyond 20FPS. also in your post, it mentions no where about him having a faulty card, just that he had bad drivers and glitches.
By "you" I was referring to myself and everyone else not YOU specifically.
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#4
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Updated image.
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#5
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
btarunr said:
Updated image.
That is a sweet looking card but do you think that 1 fan will cool the two GPUs?
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#6
Wile E
Power User
Ahhh man, If i'd have known it could go single slot, I may have waited for it.
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#7
horik
a111087 said:
March 8 is woman's day in russia and other countries near by. and we keep releasing video cards and games on this day, like it's christmas, lol.
Could be a good idea to buy this card as a present for your gf,so you can use it.:toast:
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#8
the54thvoid
brandonwh64 said:
That is a sweet looking card but do you think that 1 fan will cool the two GPUs?
Of course it will. They wouldn't release it if it melted.

But... it will probably be quite loud under load.

Remember though these cards are for prestige - not practicality. Nobody complains about F1 cars having loud engines.
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#9
mdm-adph
brandonwh64 said:
That is a sweet looking card but do you think that 1 fan will cool the two GPUs?
Blowing air in both directions, with air exiting from both the front of the card and outside the case? Should be only about as hot as a regular 6970 without a rear exit.
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#10
Semi-Lobster
It looks impressive but I could really care less about this card. Its something I will never own so theres no point in getting exciting about it beyond being impressive from a technical perspective. I'm about to start building an HTPC and I would have loved to get my hands on a 6450, it looks like a significant boost from the 5450 but its OEM only! :banghead:
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#11
yogurt_21
The Witcher said:
When will people learn the lesson ?

Most of these "Extreme high-end, 2 GPU graphic cards) are filled with bugs, expensive and power hungry.

a GTX 460, 560 SLI is a better option.

I've been seeing people crying all over the Internet about their new "broken" Dual-GPU cards ever since the 9800 GX2 was released.
both of those solutions will be slower than this card. this card should be as fast or almost as fast (since dual's tend to drop clocks) as my 480's at stock

not to mention it'd prolly be cheaper to get 2 6950's flash them to 6970's and crossfire. And then that would be faster.

no point in going low end 2x sli only capable solution that is not upgradeable has less performance and takes up twice the space.
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#12
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
This card is definitely going to be way out of my wallets league so im definitely not getting one. Though i do hope the performance is good.:)
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#13
Yellow&Nerdy?
This card is pure e-peen for everyone who runs a single monitor. For single monitors, depending on the games you play, you should choose either the 6870, 6950 or the 6970, or if you like Nvidia then GTX 460, 560 Ti or 570. Should be good enough. Although this will probably be the longest card ever made, so with a mid-tower case you might have to go for 2 cards if you want extra performance.
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#14
OneCool
With the CF scaling the 6xxx series has and the SLI scaling with the 5xx series :eek:




This is going to be very interesting to say the least :toast:


That is only IF they are released around the same time.
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#15
cyriene
Yellow&Nerdy? said:
This card is pure e-peen for everyone who runs a single monitor. For single monitors, depending on the games you play, you should choose either the 6870, 6950 or the 6970, or if you like Nvidia then GTX 460, 560 Ti or 570. Should be good enough. Although this will probably be the longest card ever made, so with a mid-tower case you might have to go for 2 cards if you want extra performance.
I disagree. I have a single monitor and run Crossfire 6950s. Sure, if you have a little shitty single monitor you might not need this card or Crossfire. But with the 30 inch monitor at 2560x1600 resolution it takes more power to run everything on all high settings with cranked up AA.
I guess a single card would be "good enough" like you said. But I spent a lot of time in school and work hard and can afford to play my games with better than "good enough" settings - and it is worth it.
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#16
Delta6326
Looks like im gonna have to settle with 2 of these beasts.
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#17
erocker
The Witcher said:
Did you read what I typed ?

I told you it was a faulty card with many drivers issue.

He is not the only one, I've seen many people on many different forums complaining from similar issues.

Why is it that every time you say something negative about a certain hardware/game you get flagged as a fanboy or a troll :shadedshu

What do they say in English....take it or leave it ?

Anyway, I've said everything I have, it's your choice in the end.
I have a friend who has a 9500GT. It's a crap card that never worked right and no one should ever buy such a card.

I have another friend with a HD 4850. It overheats, no one should ever buy a 4850.

I see people on the internet having problems with drivers for (insert card here), it must be a rampant problem that most people have. Etc.. etc..
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#18
Yellow&Nerdy?
cyriene said:
I disagree. I have a single monitor and run Crossfire 6950s. Sure, if you have a little shitty single monitor you might not need this card or Crossfire. But with the 30 inch monitor at 2560x1600 resolution it takes more power to run everything on all high settings with cranked up AA.
I guess a single card would be "good enough" like you said. But I spent a lot of time in school and work hard and can afford to play my games with better than "good enough" settings - and it is worth it.
A 570 or 6970 will run almost every game maxed out at FullHD. But if you do the math, a 2560x1600 monitor has twice the amount of pixels, so you would need the extra horsepower. But I wouldn't call a 1920x1080 a "shitty" resolution. And people that can afford a 30" 2560x1600 monitor wouldn't most likely have to worry about the cost of 2 cards or a dual-GPU card. And 1920x1080 monitors are by far the most common. So I'm not talking on behalf of everybody of course.
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#19
Jonap_1st
erocker said:
I have a friend who has a 9500GT. It's a crap card that never worked right and no one should ever buy such a card.

I have another friend with a HD 4850. It overheats, no one should ever buy a 4850.

I see people on the internet having problems with drivers for (insert card here), it must be a rampant problem that most people have. Etc.. etc..
yeah.. different hardware, different software, different configuration could lead to different bugs and problems..

im not saying he was trolling, but if he truly had that problem. then he must throw it to junkyard,

hell my phenom 9850 and 9800gt can play it nearly 60fps with 1680x1050 on high settings :ohwell:
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#20
AsRock
TPU addict
The Witcher said:
Well, my friend got the 5970, he couldn't even play BC2 with decent fps, he had like 20fps or so for most of his games. Note that he has a 980X CPU.

He was able to get rid of most of the bugs after several patches, fixes and drivers. It took him many months....too much frustration.

I'm just saying that for some reason Dual GPU graphic cards tends to have a higher than average failure rate and there many other options to choose from which are more efficient and more cheaper.
In that case you get the XFX 6990 E-Peen ED

Cheaper ? price has not been released yet but like me i want 2GB for the GPU so i would have to get some thing like the 6950\70 which would be around $600. As as seen as this is lower clocked due to being dual GPU the price might be a good surprise..

$600 is the most i am willing to pay for it my self as i need to pick up a new A/V as my other is 7 years old lol. If it's over $600 i'll just wait till it's not thats if the benchmarks turn out good that is.
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#21
SvB4EvA
Hustler said:
Yay!!!....pay a $1000 to play crappy DX9 console ports at higher resolutions with upscaled sub 720p textures...

No thanks.
LOL! :laugh:

I had a giggle reading that, thanks.

I have to agree, somewhat. I feel that consoles have really held back PC games for quite some time now. I understand the reason for this tho.

Also, look at all that mDP... No HDMI at all :(
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#23
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
Bring on the reviews! I just love how every high end card that comes out like this raises the bar. I can only hope the power and performance this card has is next gen's single GPU, given they can now drop a fab process.
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#24
Lionheart
Looks awesome.......Someone buy me 2 of em pls...:D:D:D
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#25
Unregistered
I used to own 2 dual GPUs in my career, no wait, 4 if you consider the ones from 3DFX, and never had any problems with them. They were blazing fast compared to the single GPU alternatives, and yes, they had some issues with SLI/Crossfire, but mostly in games that were outputting more than 60fps anyways, so...

Also I miss playing with 24xAA and Super Sampling enabled, hehe!
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