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Old March 8, 2011, 07:33 AM
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So for the price of 2X Nvidia 580, you can get a Tri-Fire set-up 6990+6970 and totally wipe the floor with it... since 6990 alone is 15% slower then 580 SLI, Tri-Fire will be alot faster... for around the same price... and more Vram.

No brainer for me. I'm buying a 6990 to go tri-Fire with my watercooled 6970.

Great job AMD. My Tri-Fire set-up 5970+5870 is rock-stable since day 1. No problems for me.
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Old March 8, 2011, 07:37 AM
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Totally agreeing with you there Sky. If anyone picks up this card for a single lil monitor then they're only after bragging rights because a card at half the price (like the 6970) will handle all games at that res. with smooth framerates. This card is for the 30'' panel guys and Eyefinity guys in essence.

The main problem I see is that the reviews that only went up to 1920 didn't even really look at all of the numbers. At that resolution, the HD 6990 just doesn't make sense from any perspective and yet positive reviews were still given.

This card has a huge price, massive power consumption and a high thermal load yet doesn't provide any more "playable" framerates than a single GTX 580 or HD 6970 for that matter at 1920 in 99% of the games out there.

I am not usually critical of other reviews but in this case I think a few sites got tunnel vision...errr..."chart vision" and didn't look at the big picture. They saw the HD 6990 posting these pretty little bars in their graphs, said "hey wow" and didn't even bother to glance at the huge framerates EVERY card posted.

You're an unabashed AMD fan and I am sure even you can see it. The HD 6990 is a total waste and a poor choice for low resolution gaming and yet there were quite a few sites that went merrily about their conclusion without even mentioning the fact that they didn't test properly.

If a company is willing to send you a $700 GPU and you also have $2000+++ of other cards beinbg tested, the least an editor can do is equip the reviewer with the necessary tools to get the job done PROPERLY.
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Old March 8, 2011, 07:42 AM
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If the price would have been the same than a 5970, I would have been happy. But with a 700$ price tag, I am not. Good card but not for the price IMO.



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Not to shabby of a card. One thing I'll say that waterblocks for this thing are going to be HUGE.
Imagine the weight of it once it's fullwith tube and fitting XD you are better have something to keep it level XD
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If a company is willing to send you a $700 GPU and you also have $2000+++ of other cards beinbg tested, the least an editor? can do is equip the reviewer with the necessary tools to get the job done PROPERLY.
Ok I won't ask how you got your setup for this review.

Really, I think the company that wants you to review its product should ensure you are doing that in an optimum environment and supply you with what you need. Least that you deserve since this is where we make our decisions on where to spend our money.

What do you mean by editor? Why is it their responsibility to equip the reviewers? Sorry if I'm asking too much.
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Old March 8, 2011, 08:10 AM
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Ok I won't ask how you got your setup for this review.

Really, I think the company that wants you to review its product should ensure you are doing that in an optimum environment and supply you with what you need. Least that you deserve since this is where we make our decisions on where to spend our money.

What do you mean by editor? Why is it their responsibility to equip the reviewers? Sorry if I'm asking too much.
In my opinion, it is the responsibility of the site to ensure the reviews produced are the best quality possible. If that means investing in testing equipment, then so be it as long as the purchase costs are worth the ROI.
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The main problem I see is that the reviews that only went up to 1920 didn't even really look at all of the numbers. At that resolution, the HD 6990 just doesn't make sense from any perspective and yet positive reviews were still given.

This card has a huge price, massive power consumption and a high thermal load yet doesn't provide any more "playable" framerates than a single GTX 580 or HD 6970 for that matter at 1920 in 99% of the games out there.

I am not usually critical of other reviews but in this case I think a few sites got tunnel vision...errr..."chart vision" and didn't look at the big picture. They saw the HD 6990 posting these pretty little bars in their graphs, said "hey wow" and didn't even bother to glance at the huge framerates EVERY card posted.

You're an unabashed AMD fan and I am sure even you can see it. The HD 6990 is a total waste and a poor choice for low resolution gaming and yet there were quite a few sites that went merrily about their conclusion without even mentioning the fact that they didn't test properly.

If a company is willing to send you a $700 GPU and you also have $2000+++ of other cards beinbg tested, the least an editor can do is equip the reviewer with the necessary tools to get the job done PROPERLY.
I'm a fan of all the little guys. Still waiting for VIA to get back to me about their Nano X2 ITX boards
But again, youre absolutely right. Pretty much all the reviews of the 6990 so far are just showing resolutions up to 19x12. Makes no sense at all and I find such reviews of the card to be useless.

Again, for those of you just joining us: This is not the card for you if you have a single monitor that's smaller than a 30''. Don't bother. Save some money and buy a 6970/GTX570.

Then again, if you're an eyefinity guy like me, this may just be a Godsend - depending on the Crossfire scaling @ eyefinity resolutions. Im still trying to find a good review of just that, so hopefully WSGF will have one up soon.
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i think the $699 price tag isnt that bad at all, considering that is cheaper then 2 6970s bought out right (they are usually $379 retail each, $758 for 2.) at the same time though, 2 6970's are better then the 6990 in every single bench mark at 2560x1600. seems like 2 6950s in cfx unlocked to 6970 is still the best route to go.
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Old March 8, 2011, 08:38 AM
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Now, need to see tri-fire performance with another 6970 (or 6950 unlocked).
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Old March 8, 2011, 09:34 AM
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I'm not buying the disparity between the 6990 and the 5970. In some tests it's twice the performance but I'm sure if the 5970 was overclocked to at least 5870 levels (not exactly overreaching) it would be a closer contest. The 6990 is tailor made for overclocking whereas the 5970 was crippled from the very beginning so I hope eventually there's some results which include an overclocked 5970. It stands to reason some 5970 owners would upgrade if it were worth it. The extra gig of ram though should help big time as the 5970 was really held back with that 1gig ram per gpu.
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It's the Canyonero of video cards. It's bloated and 2 6970 beat it for cheaper.

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