Neoseeker.com Forum Thread: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review - page 1

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Author:   leochan
Date:   Mar 08, 11 at 6:10am (PST)
Subject:   Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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We've got a whopper of a Radeon on the line today with the AMD HD 6990, featuring dual Cayman XT based GPUs clocked at 830MHz, 4GB of memory, 5-way Eyefinity support right out of the box, and the audaciously named "AUSUM" (Antilles Unlocking switch for Uber Mode) BIOS switch you can flip right on the card itself to unleash the "Uber Mode", bringing the GPU speeds right up to 880MHz each. That's before doing any overclocking of our own! It's a monster right down to its power consumption of a maximum 450W, so good thing it's got brand new PowerTune on-board power regulation.

The HD 6990 promises to be 67% better in game performance than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580, supposedly its closest competitor. Hit our HD 6990 launch review to see if it can stand on a class of its own!

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Author:   VeGiTAX2
Date:   Mar 08, 11 at 7:18am (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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Wow, reading the review was like a dropkick to my already struggling system. Must have been a pleasure to check out that piece of kit though.



Author:   chautemoc
Date:   Mar 08, 11 at 7:40am (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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I'm actually considering this a bit. Somebody kick me.



Author:   Vagabond
Date:   Mar 08, 11 at 7:59am (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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quote chautemoc
I'm actually considering this a bit. Somebody kick me.
Kick

If you have the money go for it. With the 4Gb of memory and massive gaming power this card would last years in your system. Not to mention you get to turn up all the in game eyecandy with it!



Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Mar 08, 11 at 12:27pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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oh...my...god - this is the epitome of epicness. what an immense power draw, too.

brb, towels



Author:   Ohmycaptain
Date:   Mar 08, 11 at 3:16pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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Jesus Christ, 450W power draw... I couldn't imagine someone putting these into CFX


Imagine, 2 of these on overdrive + OC'd getting nearly 200FPS on Crysis.



Author:   Supernova1332
Date:   Mar 08, 11 at 4:37pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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Two get ~64 fps average in crysis, the original, at stock clocks from another bench I saw. At 2560x1600 maxed + 4aa that is

WANT! Still gonna stick it out for a while with my 4870 though, still plays everything I want it to. Maybe next gen



Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Mar 08, 11 at 6:43pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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wait, wait...is this the first card that can play crysis maxed out?





Author:   Supernova1332
Date:   Mar 08, 11 at 7:10pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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Two of them unfortunately. But it's an accomplishment nonetheless. A single will run it at 1920x1200 maxed and 4aa at ~66fps.

Until it hits 60fps minimum im not going to be happy haha. cmon 7990's



Author:   chautemoc
Date:   Mar 09, 11 at 2:13am (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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It might be the first that can properly run Metro 2033 maxed -- that's more demanding than Crysis.



Author:   Supernova1332
Date:   Mar 09, 11 at 3:09am (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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From what i've seen it can, with two 6990's, at 1920x1200 at 4aa and max dx11 but hits about 45 at 2560x1200.



Author:   ashantiqua
Date:   Mar 09, 11 at 3:17am (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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$700 though? gosh damn. Someone needs to make a special edition and sell it for $1k.

make the cooler take up 4 slots, all copper, 30 heatpipes and six silent 80 cfm fans.



Author:   techman#1
Date:   Mar 09, 11 at 7:27am (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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What a rip off.699.00 that's a hundred over the hd 5970 when it was released.The only reason it is this high, is the fact that there is no competitive card out there.An extra 2 gigs doesn't cost a hundred dollars.



Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Mar 09, 11 at 12:18pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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exactly. thats exactly why it is so expensive. no other card can compete with it, so it doesnt have to have any competitive prices. people would still buy this card though, if they want to get as much performance as possible crammed into as small a space as possible.



Author:   Supernova1332
Date:   Mar 09, 11 at 6:44pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Neoseeker's AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review
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As far as price/ performance goes it's definitely not good but not too far off from the gtx 580. It's about 30% faster at 2560x1600, and if you don't play at that resolution there's litte reason to get this beast of a card, and if it's price were linear to the gtx 580 it would be priced at $650 (only $50 off from msrp) If you OC it with the bios switch it bumps it up to almost 35% faster, linear with $675. It's expensive as hell but relative to other high end cards it's not priced too bad.

For comparison the gtx 580 would be ~$385 if price/performance scaled linearly with the 6970 or gtx 570. Or when compared with the 560ti it would be ~$299. As far as being overpriced goes it's all relative and relatively the 6990 isn't too bad, at least in my opinion.


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