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AMD Radeon HD 7990, Two Powerful GPUs Into One

By Nina Sen , Apr 24, 2013 04:06 PM EDT

AMD released details Wednesday about its new graphics card, the AMD Radeon HD 7990 for high-end games. It's been billed as the world's fastest graphic card and offers high-resolution displays for the PC gamer.

The release is the card shows which direction AMD is going in after its last product, the Radeon HD 7970, was unveiled in January 2012. With its dominance in the market — Wii U, Xbox 720 and Playstation 4 — AMD is pushing for the top of the mountain in high-end graphics cards.

The card is capable of running five displays at the same time, four mini DisplayPort and one dual-link. It has a massive heatsink area with three axial fans to keep it cool. Surprisingly, the fans are really, really quiet, according to PCWorld.  It offers two GPUs on a single dual-slot PCB and each 28nm GPU has 4.3 billion transistors.

As a dual-GPU card it can run at rather high clockspeeds. The memory has a clockspeed of 6GHz and the card itself has a base clockspeed of 950MHz, and a boost clock of 1000MHz. The TDP of the entire video card is 375W.

It also is the first dual-GPU by the company to use AMD's ZeroCore power technology. This prevents idle power consumption, an advantage for the avid PC gamer.

Other specs include 2048 stream processors, VRAM 3GB for each GPU — making 6GB total and FP64 of ¼. AMD continues with the black and red color theme.

The AMD Radeon HD 7990 is exactly 12 inches in length. It's priced at $999, possibly to directly compete with NVIDIA's Titan video card.

According to PC World, Origin PC will be offering the 7990 as an option in its Genesis full-tower desktops, Millennium mid-towers and Chronos small-form-factor systems. Those buying the graphics cards will get a great deal on some premium games. It comes with eight full PC titles - Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Those games alone are worth a couple hundred.

The AMD Radeon HD 7990 will also be available from third-party partners like Asus, Sapphire and XFX. The company plans to release the products after Wednesday, May 8, according to PCMag.

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