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AMD's New Flagship HD 6990 Tested 164

I.M.O.G. writes "Today AMD officially introduces their newest flagship GPU, the Radeon HD 6990. Targeted to counter Nvidia's current generation flagship GTX580, for AMD this is a followup to their previous generation 2xGPU on a single PCB design, the Radeon HD 5970. It represents the strongest entry AMD will release within their 6000 series graphics lineup. Initial testing and overclocking results are publishing at first tier review sites now. As eloquently stated by Tweaktown's Anthony Garreffa, the 6990 'punches all other GPUs in the nuts.'"
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AMD's New Flagship HD 6990 Tested

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  • 375+ watts. That's more than my whole computer. Oddly enough I have plenty of headroom in my power supply and it only requires a single slot so if I felt the need to punch myself in the nuts by loading drivers written by ATI onto my computer, I could slap it right in there.

  • by wisebabo ( 638845 ) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @02:34PM (#35421472) Journal

    Whatever happened to VR? (Virtual Reality) A decade or two ago, it seemed to be (short of direct neural interfaces) where user interfaces were heading. I even remember going to a Disney mini-theme park where they had some true VR rides (you wore a tracking headset) so that you could ride Aladdin's carpet.

    Back then it seemed as if the main thing keeping this technology back was the room-sized SGI supercomputer required to render a reasonable scene in real time. I remember a presentation by the CEO of SGI saying that all they needed to get to was 60M triangles/sec, then VR would be achieve mass appeal. (Then again, he also dismissed delivering video from computers by saying computers wouldn't become video "jukeboxes" so maybe he wasn't so good at predicting the future.) Anyway, I don't know the latest spec's but I'm sure a modern video card could blow away one of those old SGI "Reality Engines".

    So why aren't we all wearing goggles (and wearing spandex) and looking like the characters in "The Lawnmower Man"? Is it because micro-displays never got good enough? Or something else?

  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @03:11PM (#35421942) Journal

    Why would you say that? I just finished one up for a customer at right around $500, it has a Phenom II Quad, 4Gb of RAM, 1Tb HDD and an HD4830 GPU. This plays just about any game you can throw at it and the most I figure he'll have to replace within 2 years is upgrade the GPU to a nice 6xxx series when the price comes down.

    Ever since the consoles started stagnating the games industry you simply don't need the giant ePeen machine to game anymore. Most games are barely hitting dual core ATM, and with the X360/PS3 GPUs so long in the tooth you just don't need to blow huge piles o' cash to get purty games. Where something like TFA will shine is Eyefinity and GP-GPU work like video transcoding and render acceleration thanks to OpenCL and AMD Streams SDK.

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