AMD Retakes GPU Performance Throne With the Radeon HD 7990 “Malta” Dual-Chip Graphics Card

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Apr 24, 2013
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Today, AMD  would officially announce their latest Radeon HD 7990 Dual-Chip graphics card codenamed “Malta” which combines two Tahiti cores to offer blazing fast gaming performance. Announced almost a year ago, the Radeon 7990 was previously codenamed “New Zealand” and it did arrive however only in custom built boards by AIB partners of AMD.

AMD Radeon HD 7990 “Malta” – Retaking the Performance Crown

A year later, AMD has finally launched their Radeon HD 7990, featuring dual Tahiti XT (HD 7970) cores featuring a total of 8.6 Billion transistors, 4096 Stream processors, 2 Prim /Clock , 256 Texture mapping units and 64 Raster operating units. The Tahiti XT core is clocked at 1000 MHz or 1 GHz. The card features an impressive 6GB GDDR5 memory that operates along a 384-bit x 2 memory interface and is clocked at 6.0 GB/s effective frequency. The memory pump outs an impressive 576.0 GB/s bandwidth. The Radeon 7990 has a peak compute performance of 8.2 TFlops.

AMD’s Radeon HD 7990 is assembled using a dual-slot cooling solution which features triple fans etched on the shroud. These 92mm fans are part of the turbine cooling design which provides enhanced cooling performance to the internal vapor chamber heatsinks equipped on each core and fused together using copper heatpipes. Power is supplied through Dual 8-Pin connectors, a massive improvement over the Triple 8-Pin connectors over the custom boards from AIB partners which would pit the rated TDP around 375W. Even with such an improvement, the card barely delivers the same amount of efficiency as its competitor – the GeForce GTX 690. NVIDIA’s Kepler GK104 architecture has the upper hand in this case while the Radeon HD 7990 trumps it in pure computing performance

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AMD Radeon HD 7990 “Malta AMD Radeon HD 7970 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan
GPU Tahiti XTx2 Tahiti XT GK104 x2 GK110
CUDA Cores 4096 2048 1536 x2 2688
TMUs 256 128 256 224
ROPs 64 32 64 48
Memory 3GB GDDR5 x2 3GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 x2 6GB GDDR5
Interface 384-bit x2 384-bit 256-bit x2 384-bit
MSRP $999 $549 $999 $999

The Radeon HD 7990 has support 2-Way CrossFireX (Quad-GPU), display connectors include 4 mini display ports and a single DVI-L connector. The card features DirectX 11.1, Open CL, Open GL 5.1, AMD Eyefinity and AMD Zero core technology support. The retail price of the card is set at $999 which is similar to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 and the recently launched GeForce GTX Titan.

To spice up the value of their $999 mammoth, AMD would be bundling the card would their entire Never Settle portfolio which includes the following games:

  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Tomb Raider
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Crysis 3
  • Dues EX: Human Revolution
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Sleeping Dogs

Now that’s some tremendous value that amounts to around $450 US for the games alone.

AMD Radeon 7990 “Malta” Page:

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/7990/Pages/radeon-7990.aspx

Update – Reviews would be updated with links as soon as they are up on major tech sites.

AMD Radeon 7990 “Malta” Reviews:

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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Models by AIBs:

  • Club3D Radeon 7990 (CGAX-7999XT) – Link
  • PowerColor Radeon 7990 (AX7990 6GBD5-M4DH) – Link
  • MSI Radeon 7990 (R7990-6GD5) – Link
  •  VTX3D Radeon 7990 (VX7990 6GBD5-M4DH) – Link
  • ASUS Radeon 7990 (HD7990-6GD5) – Link
  • Sapphire Radeon 7990 – Link

AMD Radeon HD 7990 “Malta” Slides:

HD 7990 PerformanceHD 7990 Specs

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