AMD Radeon HD 6990 Details Leaked to the Web

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johnnyathm1

I am running with two 9800GX2's in quad sli. They get the job done...but these new games are taxing them very hard. I figure when I get back from this deployment it will be new build time...I can smell the thermal paste already (=

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bpstone

There are plenty of choices for upgrading from a quad SLI 9800GX2 GPU setup. I personally wouldn't jump on the latest-n-greatest. Unless you're hardcore with Intel chipsets and Nvidia GPUs, I'd wait for Bulldozer. 

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johnnyathm1

To be completely honest about it, I am partial to Intel and Nvidia...call me a victim of product advertising but I have been holding the party line for years now. My first build involved them, and I just stuck to what works. My current build specs are:

 

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W

ASUS Striker II Formula LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Corsair Dominator 4 GB : 2 x 2 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1066 MHz(x2 for 8gigs total)

EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB (x2)

Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB

SAMSUNG 1TB 7200 RPM

Thermaltake Orb

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05- Mid Tower Computer Case

I can't remember the PSU, but it was 1100w (bit of an over kill, true, but leaves lots of room for expansion)

 

So...this has been a solid build for me, super stable and hassle free. I love playing high end games and this rig, being the venerable war horse that it has been, is just not keeping up anymore. Sure I could tweak it a bit and by no means is it due for retirement, however, I believe it's time for it to get out of the field and take a desk job...lol! I want to move up to DDR3 and SSD's, as well as messing around with some simple water cooling kits and the new stuff that Intel and Nvidia have to offer.

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bpstone

I'm planning on building a much faster rig in the near future, but have been keeping an eye on upcoming technologies to jump in at the right opportunity. Bulldozer, SSD, PCI-e 3.0 and etc...

Antec 300 Chassis
BFG 550W Modular PSU
Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
AMD 1090TBE CPU
Asus Silent Tower (Not installed... getting thermal paste.)
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Ati 4670 1GB DDR3 GPU (Overclocked)
WD 500GB 7,200rpm HDD
LG DVD/CD Drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (Primary) w/ Linux Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit (Secondary)

Installed Linux on (est.) 100GB partition off a CD. Ubuntu has come a long way since the last time I'd used it. I was looking for another graphics card myself to upgrade my 4670 in a rig. Here's a quick list for you to consider for yourself. Solid system without the extreme edition price. lol

Asus P8P67-M PRO
Intel i7-2600K
Corsair H70
Corsair (CMX8GX3M2A2000C9) x2
Nvidia GTX 570 Single/SLI

 

 

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johnnyathm1

I was looking at the H70 already, however, I really wish they would make something like that for GPU's. I want to make a quieter rig this time, and I believe the only way to make a really quiet rig is with a total water cooling pkg. I am not sure I want to get into all that, so H70 might be the way to go. I don't overclock, haven't found the need to, given that hardware today is more than apt to the task of a great gaming exp. I just love building my own computers...I have built many for friends already. I would have them involved in the whole process from searching for components, all the way up to building it themselves while I supervised...no point in doing it if you can't pass the knowledge on, know what I mean?

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bpstone

The fans on the radiator still make noise. When you buy fans you look for high CFM (cubic feet per minute) low dBA fans. You can have low CFM with high dBA. Dampen everything in your case then run matting in your case. Rubber washers over your cpu mounts.

http://bit.ly/h7ZOfo
http://bit.ly/gqd6lV

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johnnyathm1

Hey thanx...good read and good ideas for my next build (=

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blimpboy3

al360, 2 8 pins deliver 300 watts plus 75 from pcie, for a total of 375 watts, not 450. each 8 ping is only designed to deliver 150 watts.

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illusionslayer

If a 590 is equal to a 5970 and the 6990 is 67% faster than the 580 the 590 should beat the 6990 handily.

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Lipman42

So will this be faster than my 2 HD 6970s?

If not then glad I got these for my Xmass build.

i7 980x with 12 gig ram and 120 gig vertex 2 SSD

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al360ex

I found a leaked picture of the upcoming GTX 590's PCB from Galaxy, check it out :

http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Nvidia_Readies_Dual_GPU_GTX_590_for_March/551-114610-581.html

It looks like there'll be 2 8-pin connector, for a total of 450w.

There'll be a single SLI connector.

3 DVI outputs, this likely means that it will be Nvidia Surround Ready.

There also seems to be 8x256MB memory modules per GPU. This will allow for 2GB of dedicated memory for each GPU (4GB total).

With two of these, one will probably be able to heat his house throughout winter !

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bpstone

I'm still disappointed with AMD over their other 6-series GPUs. This one appears to eat Nvidia’s Fermi 580 and maybe 590 alive. Both manufactures need to better support OGL since the company has almost surpassed DX11. I’m glad to see that AMD has chosen to delay their 6990 GPU to tweak software drivers if that’s what they’re doing. More than anything I’m awaiting AMD’s bulldozer architecture which will temporarily put its CPUs in the lead again. Hopefully their fastest bulldozer chip won’t exceed $500.00 unlike Intel’s worthless ___ that thinks their chip is worth an overpriced 1k+.

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illusionslayer

The only reason people by Entusiast Parts is because they are willing to spend exorbitantly for that extra performance. To be perfectly honest there's no reason to buy anything above SNB right now.

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wlballplayer

as i sit here reading this article i think to myself... I still have a 5770 FML i need to upgrade

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Silent_Raider

Indeed, I have a GTX 260 ugh.  I just hope they set the price point under $600.

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garrettp

I am waiting for the 5970 to drop so I can do crossfire :) Already have one and love it.

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garrettp

I am waiting for the 5970 to drop so I can do crossfire :) Already have one and love it.

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