AMD has finally begun discussing the rumored HD 7990, a card which is supposed to compete against and likely surpass NVIDIA’s GTX 690.
At a press conference yesterday during GDC, AMD gave the media a brief glimpse of their HD 7990. Code named Malta, this graphics card is supposed to incorporate a pair of HD 7970 GHz Edition cores and up to 6GB of GDDR5 memory. Unfortunately, not much more is known about it at this point since AMD is keeping other details under wraps.
Current official pictures show the HD 7990 incorporating a triple fan, dual slot heatsink which makes it look eerily like AMD’s current FirePro S10000. While this design tends to dump significant amounts of hot air into the case, it is a necessity when cooling off a pair of hot-running Tahiti XT cores while maintaining a low noise signature. The HD 7990 also houses a single DVI connector, four DisplayPort outputs and an advanced digital PWM.
The road to an “official” HD 7990 has been paved with confusion up until this point. At first, AMD planned to release a dual GPU card under the code named New Zealand nearly a year ago. What followed was a number of delays, some supposedly due to board development while others pointed to component shortages. Eventually, AMD simply handed off the “HD 7990” name and basic specification standardizations to board partners.
Hardware Canucks has already covered the HD 7990’s performance in detail, focusing on PowerColor’s excellent HD 7990 Devil 13 at the time. Don’t expect the “official” HD 7990 to perform much different since there’s only so much AMD can accomplish with their current generation cores.
Taking PowerColor’s card into account, we wonder how AMD will differentiate their design from those already on the market. More importantly, how will they contend with PowerColor’s fairly aggressive price of $899? There’s also the small matter of eliminating the in-game stuttering AMD’s Crossfire technology is known for.
We’re sure AMD will present additional details as time goes on but for now, it looks like gamers can expect a “re-release” of the HD 7990 relatively soon.
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