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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Sapphire 100310SR Radeon HD 6990
Sapphire Radeon HD 6990 Appearance
Antilles Detailed Features
Antilles Features and Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX11: 3DMark11
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
Overclocking and Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Sapphire Radeon 6990 Conclusion

Radeon HD 6990 Features

  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • AMD Eyefinity Technology
  • AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Technology Designed for DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL
  • Accelerate Video Transcoding
  • 40 nm Process Technology
  • Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
  • 3rd Generation TeraScale Engine
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Support
  • AMD CrossFireX Technology
  • Enhanced Anisotropic Filtering
  • Accelerated Video Transcoding
  • Display Flexibility, Supports DL-DVI, DP, HDMI and D-Sub
  • HDMI 1.4a support with Deep Color and 7.1 High Bitrate Audio
  • On chip HDCP Support
  • AMD CrossFireX multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance. (Use up to four discrete cards with an AMD 790FX based motherboard)
  • AMD Avivo HD Support
    • ATI Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD3) for 3D Blu-ray and HD Video.
    • Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT)
    • DVD Upscaling
    • Dynamic Contrast
    • Built-in HDMI with 7.1 surround sound support
    • Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay technology including memory clocks
    • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Support

AMD 6900-Series GPU Details

AMD Radeon HD 6990

AMD Radeon HD 6970

AMD Radeon HD 6950

Process

40 nm

40 nm

40 nm

Die Size

2x 389 mm2

389 mm2

389 mm2

Transistors

2x 2.64 Billion

2.64 Billion

2.64 Billion

Engine Clock

830 MHz / 880 MHz OC

880 MHz

800 MHz

Stream Processors

3072

1536

1408

Compute Performance

5.10 TFLOPs

2.7 TFLOPs

2.25 TFLOPs

Texture Units

192

96

88

Texture Fillrate

159.4 Gtex/s

84.5 Gtex/s

70.4 Gtex/s

Color ROPs

64

32

32

Pixel Fillrate

53.1 Gpix/s

28.2 Gtex/s

25.6 Gtex/s

Z/Stencil ROPs

256

128

128

Memory Type

4GB GDDR5

2GB GDDR5

2GB GDDR5

Memory Clock

1250 MHz

1375 MHz

1250 MHz

Memory Data Rate

5.0 Gbps

5.5 Gbps

5.0 Gbps

Memory Bandwidth

320 GB/s

176 Gbps

160 Gbps

PowerTune Maximum Power

375 W / 450 W OC

250 W

200 W

Typical Gaming Power

350 W / 415 W OC

190 W

140 W

Typical Idle Power

37 W

20 W

20 W



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Sapphire 100310SR Radeon HD 6990Robert17 2011-03-16 19:30
Long ago I came to the realization that as I continued to build, re-build, and enjoy computers as a hobby, as well as for work, that one constant would be in play: continuous performance improvements. This is just another of those "wow" products. There've been many, but this kinda stands out in it's own way. 6990. Can't wait for the 18125's. Hope I'm around that long.
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# RE: RE: Sapphire 100310SR Radeon HD 6990Olin Coles 2011-03-16 20:28
At the rate we're seeing overlapping improvements we'll see something twice as fast in less than two years.
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# Here we go againCom-Tek Chris 2011-03-17 07:51
I just ordered mine on the Egg about 3 minutes ago. I'll make my own personal comments after giving it a whirl in my personal world. I might be eating my words from previous posted comments, lol, oh well, as life goes.

to be continued..............
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# 256bit?zac 2011-03-17 21:25
Is this 256bit? Or 256x2bit?
And if it is only 256-bit video frame buffer, why? Or how? previously all dual gpu setups had 2x the memory controller.
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# RE: 256bit?Olin Coles 2011-03-18 08:14
Like the I explain in the article, this product has two GPUs on one PCB. Each GPU offers a 256-bit memory bus to the video frame buffer. Having two GPUs won't make single 512-bit lane, but will double bandwidth to 2x 256-bit.
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# AMD 6990 reviewsJ.King 2011-06-27 22:03
Correct me if I'm wrong but as far as I can tell ALL the 6990's are made in exactly the same place. IE the card's are all identical except for the stickers on the front. So why the price difference? This was true for the 6950's and 6970's until recently when a bait and switch was pulled by various manufacturers XFX comes to mind. The card's were changed (BIOS switch was removed and other less obvious changes) but the model number's remained the same and they were still being sold as reference.
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# RE: AMD 6990 reviewsOlin Coles 2011-06-27 22:09
You are mostly correct. There are some differences depending on what the partner pays for (cooling/BIOS/overclock), but the engineering is generally all done by the manufacturer. There are a few who receive the engineering and make their own PCB, but it's rare. As for pricing, you'll have to take that up with the brands and retailers.
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