AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review: Antilles Has Arrived - HotHardware

AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review: Antilles Has Arrived

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A significant amount of engineering went into not only designing the Radeon HD 6990 PCB, but its cooling solution as well.

 

 

AMD made as much of the board and its component layout as symmetrical as possible. The regulators are located in the center of the board, with GPUs and their associated memory on either side. The board also uses a newer-generation of programmable Volterra regulators, which are more efficient than previous generations and offer higher current capacity relative to the previous solutions used by AMD. These new regulators also reportedly operate at lower temperatures and consume less power as well.

 

To keep everything on the card cooled, AMD employs a pair of vapor chambers with a centrally located blower. The vapor chambers are mounted to the GPUs, and are surrounded by an additional heat plate that cools the regulators and on-board RAM. AMD also uses a phase-change thermal interface material that’s reportedly offers up to 8% better performance than what AMD has used previously.

 

 

To coincide with the launch of the Radeon HD 6990, AMD is also announcing some new features and changes to the Catalyst software suite. In addition to adding support for 5x1 portrait Eyefinity configurations, starting with Catalyst 11.4, AMD will be incorporating a driver update notification system and a revamped Eyefinity user interface, with a task-based display management system. AMD will also be unveiling a new branding scheme to help better identify the graphics configuration in a system. In APU equipped systems, the drivers will be branded “AMD Vision Engine Control Center”, in workstations “AMD Catalyst Pro Control Center” and the “Catalyst Control Center” on desktop and gaming systems.

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Say Wooooooooooot....I Just Wanted to Be the First to Comment in this Super Bad Ass Card Review..on to Some Good Reading!!....BRB

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Enjoy Sammy! This thing is a monster.

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This card is a monster. 2 of those things crossfired would be INSANE!

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WOWZA..... Talk about just killing everyone around you...

I'm looking at my soon to be 6870, thinking.... Dang!! its just pebbles when compared to this diamond haha.

Also, honest to god, i think $700 is a fair price for this monster.... I mean, just look at it. NEVER IN MY LIFE have i seen a Same generation card outperform its peers by hight double digits.... I mean, of course, dont compare a 5450 to a 5850 for example... but a 6970 vs 6990.... HOLLLY SMOKES!!

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Wow just wow nothing else to say. You have to wonder what Nvidia dual GPU answer will be to this not to mention it's cost.. Then also consider in 12 months or so we will see even better, can you imagine that? Either way this thing is awesome, and at $700 I bet it will be considerably cheaper than whatever Nvidia answers with. Lets just hope it does not take them another 2 years.

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They should just call it CardZilla!

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rofl! awesome emoticon!

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lol yeah neil meant to say you knocked me out of my chair with that one yesterday. On to the review

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This is truly an awesome Video card.

But it only makes me want to wait for the next 'biggest fish in the pond' from NVIDIA now. It could be said that one could keep waiting forever for the one magic do-all wonder card to come along, but some of us only get to spend these huge amounts of money every once in a great while. Knowing that one or the other of these warring card makers is just waiting to spring something earth shattering next month, keeps our fingers off of the 'buy-now' trigger.

 

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If AMD would update their proprietary drivers to support the final Xorg 1.10 ABI, I could actually use it.

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