Take a Peek at AMD's Dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990

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misha573

I'm kinda happy about the bracket layout.  All ports on one side with none on the second slot side.  This way I can slap on a waterblock (when they become available) and a single slot bracket (or mod the double slot) for watercooled, single-slot goodness ... must get two ... time to upgrade the ageing dual 4870X2s :)

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tiger8sugar

And you have "experience"? All you did was trash somebody.

 

 

 

 

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dmanrocks22

The price/performance of Antilles should smash the 590.  Should retail for about $650, whereas the 590 will probably be around 800-900.  Plus AMD is typically better about power and heat management, so while this is speculated to use 300-320 watts the 590 should be somewhere in the 400-420 range. 

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armada439

sounds like you have no idea what you are talking about

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dmanrocks22

I'm not entirely sure you know what you're talking about, considering AMD HAS been better about heat and energy use for the last generation.  They've certainly been better at price/performace ratios.  Nvidia's strategy is brute force, AMD's is efficently using what they have, which results in smaller cards and less heat.  My 5850 Overclocked to 775 and 1150 has never run above 64* C while gaming on 40% fan, which is almost silent.  The die size on the 580 is nearly 130mm2 bigger than the 6970, and heat constraints are going to force it (the 590) to be downclocked more so than the 5970 or (most likely) the 6990, since the 6970 runs a bit cooler.

"It’s been ATI’s strategy over the past few years to produce relatively small, efficient GPUs that are more straightforward to manufacture. This approach leaves the company a little short at the high end of the market, but ATI's plan is to fill this gap by producing dual-GPU cards. It’s therefore not that surprising that ATI is claiming that the HD 6970 2GB’s main competitor is the GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB, not the imperious GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB."  - Bit Tech

When it comes down to it, these cards will probably end up within 5% of each other, and when you consider that the 6990 will most likely be smaller and cheaper to produce it will probably end up being the better option of the two.  If you look at the going rate for a 6970 vs a 580, ($370 vs 500), it's not a ridiculous assumption to make that the 6990 will be a better price for the performance.

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Jean-Luc Pauly

In my experience over the last several years, what you've said here makes complete sense!  Around the time I got my Radeon X800, ATI was showing they had much better power/heat management, and that card is still kicking six years later, whereas my GeForce 6800 by eVGA died in about six months.  While it worked, it never maintained high framerates for long either, especially when compared to my ATI Radeon X800.  Since then, I've used primarily ATI/AMD cards.  I'm putting together a new system right now; I'm looking at two AMD Radeon 6970s in Crossfire.  With what we know of the 6990, how do you think it will compare to 1x6970 or 2x6970s, for that matter?

 

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dmanrocks22

You probably won't be able to squeeze as much OC potential out of it because the 2 cards have to be downclocked to meet power and heat requirements.  But you have the possibility of running 4x CFX more comfortably considering you don't have to have an uber-expensive motherboard to support 4 cards, and you also save about $100 the 6990 route over 2 separate cards.

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GaryIKILLYOU

Sounds like you're an opinionated d-bag that has to go against everyone elses opinions with your snide and rude comments, because we all know that you know what you're talking about better automatically compared to anyone else. Personally I think you don't have enough credibility or "experience" to make comments like that. 

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MaximumMike

Refute the argument or shut up, but don't flame. We're more intelligent than that here.

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dmanrocks22

He was actually responding to the guy who told me I didn't know what I was talking about, not me.  I posted mine second, however it appeared on top of his response.  So opinionated "snide, rude" troll was directed at the guy who commented on me.

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aviaggio

Sounds pretty spot on to me.

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