Introducing “the World’s Fastest Graphics card”, AMD’s flagship HD 6990

9 Responses

  1. El_Member says:

    This is soooo intense, the scaling is near perfect and the price is somewhat reasonable. I’m still not sure about overclocking that thing, it’s already damn powerful 😛

    I wonder how Nvidia will respond with their 590.

    Good Job Poppin! *claps*

  2. Ocre says:

    This is the holy grail of hd 6990 reviews!!!! All hail the king!!!!

  3. ysondurr says:

    Dang…that’s one IMBAH review right there.

  4. badb0y says:

    Thanks for the epic review 😀 .

  5. apoppin says:

    Thank-you all!

    Let me make a big clarification. At the AMD presentation we were told that simply flipping the switch doesn’t violate the warranty.

    That is technically correct. However *operating* the card in the 2nd OD position voids your warranty and makes what they told us at the meeting double-speak. If I had known this, I would have only tested it in the stock (warrantied) position.

    WARNING: If you break the yellow sticker that covers the switch, you are NOT warrantied. However, each AMD Graphic Partner may have a different policy and I’d highly recommend that you get it in writing from them before you touch the switch if you are considering buying a HD 6990 (and care about overclocking and retaining your warranty).

    I will update my article to make this very clear and to add another negative to the conclusion. All of my future testing will be done with this card in the non-overclocked (under warranty) position.

  6. badb0y says:

    Hey apoppin, will there be a 11.4 driver review? I noticed that all other Radeon cards were tested with 11.2s and according to AMD there have been some improvements for the HD 6000 series with the new drivers.

  7. apoppin says:

    Of course. As soon as WHQL 11.4 is released. 11.4 is a beta driver.

    However, we did use 11.4 beta for the HD 6990 as it is the only release driver. And for comparison’s sake, we used our HD 6970 with 11.4 beta also – and also because we used it together with HD 6990 for TriFire-X3.

    If you’d like to see the performance increase for HD 6970 with the new beta drivers, check out our 11.2 vs 11.1a Performance Analysis – we used the same settings as for the HD 6990 launch article:

    You can see significant increases for HD 6970 with the new beta driver over the latest WHQL driver, 11.2. Probably there are also increases with the 6800 series.

    We tested the rest of the AMD Graphics cards – except as noted above for HD 6990 and HD 6970 – with the latest WHQL driver as we usually do.

  8. badb0y says:

    Thanks! Looking forward to it!

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