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Old March 8, 2011, 06:44 AM
Luay79 Luay79 is offline
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Originally Posted by CMetaphor View Post
Heat exhausting out the back = Still don't like that idea at all, I'll wait for more reviews on it.
At least with the cores being spaces so far apart (to the edges of the card even) the heat of the cores themselves seem very well managed.

Performance, yes it's slightly behind a pair of 6970s. But, we all have to remember that a 5970 wasn't even close to Xfire 5870s last time around, so thats a good improvement IMO. Also, at $700 the price is on par with two 6970s.

So why get this card? Simple. If noise isn't your greatest concern, a you need maximum performance, you get one of these. Then later on, you get a second one for Quadfire. You're paying to have the performance (almost) of two 6970s in half the space. Simple as that.

Now, my biggest question is, do I get one of these and do the Quadfire thing down the road, or get two 6970s and OC the crap out of them and be happy... 5600x1200 is alot of pixels i want to push. Hmmm... Must read more reviews first
I wouldn't worry about the noise and heat as custom designs such as MSI's twin FrozrIII and Asus' Direct CUII will tame this beast.

I must say I found all the reviews of this card on a single display to be a total waste of everyone's time. I am only looking at 5670x1080 as minimal requirement for this card.

It's a new era for gaming that will revive PC games and from the benchmarks I can say that the first offering, the 6990 is an average card that will get you the preferred 60 FPS @ 5670x1080 on medium settings in most games. If you intend to Step up to 5670x1200 and set details to maximum, crossfire is a must.

Personally I'll stick to my single 1920x1080 display and gtx 460, and save up for next year's 22nm chips that will be more powerful and less power hungry. Hopefully by then the PS360 and Xbox3 (whatever) will be dead and developers will shift their resources to developing DX11 games.

Other sites that did a proper review as HWC has;
AMD Radeon HD 6990 Graphics Card Review - Introduction
Introduction - AMD Radeon HD 6990 "Antilles" Video Card Review | [H]ard|OCP
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