Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: We took this opportunity to test a retail-ready HIS Radeon HD 6990 card against NVIDIA’s best using the latest drivers for both (Catalyst v11.6 and GeForce Drivers v275.50), and can safely say the landscape hasn’t changed much in these last few months. The Radeon HD 6990 was the fastest card available when it launched, and it remains to be the fastest card today. The HIS Radeon HD 6990 in particular performs exactly as a reference card would, so by extension it is one of the fastest cards currently available. In the majority of the benchmarks we ran, the HIS Radeon HD 6990 took the top spot, with the GeForce GTX 590 trailing closely behind. It was only in LP2 where the GeForce took the lead.
HIS Radeon HD 6990 4GB...
The HIS Radeon HD 6990 is an ultra-powerful graphics card, that’s sure to please any hardcore gamer. Consumers must know what they’re getting into with a card like this though. For one, it’s going to require a potent power supply to keep the card fed with plenty of juice. The Radeon HD 6990 is also a very large card at about 12” in length. And it pumps out a good amount of heat, so adequate case cooling is also a must. Finally, the HIS Radeon HD 6990 (and all other reference 6990 cards as well) does get loud under load.
In addition to the aforementioned items, the HIS Radeon HD 6990 is going to set you back over $700, which is no small chunk of change. Availability is limited too—finding Radeon HD 6990 cards in stock is a bit of a chore at the moment. But if you’ve got the coin and understand the nature of the beast, the HIS Radeon HD 6990 is a powerful graphics card that offers top-notch performance.