69901 AMD Radeon HD 6990 Sighted

Taiwanese site itOC has revealed pictures of AMD’s Radeon HD 6990, displayed at a recent presentation. The picture is low resolution and doesn’t give away much detail. However, there’s no doubt that HD 6990 is one beastly card. The Radeon HD 6990 is still scheduled for “Q1 2011″, though rumours suggest a February release following the Chinese New Year.

Taiwanese site itOC has revealed pictures of AMD’s Radeon HD 6990,
displayed at a recent presentation. The picture is low resolution and
doesn’t give away much detail. However, there’s no doubt that HD 6990 is
one beastly card. The Radeon HD 6990 is still scheduled for “Q1 2011″,
though rumours suggest a February release following the Chinese New
Year.

69901 AMD Radeon HD 6990 Sighted

The HD 6990 consists of two Cayman chips. On first glimpse, appears to be just as long as the HD 5970, but noticeably thicker. The power connector area does appear to be a bit different, though nothing can be concluded from such a low resolution picture. The “Batmobile” design is once again dropped in favour of the design used in the HD 6800/6900 series cards released thus far.

69902 AMD Radeon HD 6990 Sighted

One of the characteristics of previous AMD reference dual-GPU cards had been that the two GPUs are relatively close together, and covered by a single heatsink. However, the two Cayman chips on the HD 6990 pictured are located on two opposite ends of the PCB. This could indicate two separate heatsinks for the two GPUs. The same idea has been executed on non-reference designs such as the Asus ARES, with better thermal results than the reference design.

The HD 6990 remains on course for Q1 2011, most likely February, and is almost certainly poised to become the new performance king, overtaking the HD 5970 (or GTX 580 for games with poor CF support).

Source: itOC