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The IT industry is like a two-edge sword. On the one hand, it is very good for the end-users that the technological evolution and innovation move at such an impressive speed. In as little as eighteen months there is a brand new series of products on the shelves boasting performance never seen before. On the other hand, this never-ending race hits average user’s finances over and over again, as they are required to constantly upgrade their hardware with fresh solutions. So where exactly does AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card stand? Well first, let’s sum up its performance across the board:

Although for many 1600x900 resolution is the maximum that they can enable on their display, it is not going to give a break to the Radeon HD 6990 graphics card. The total performance threshold is so immense that even in the worst case scenario this graphics card is at least as fast as any competitor.

If you are a fan of Alien vs Predator, Crysis: Warhead or Dragon Age II video games then this is definitely a product with your name on it. As at the moment Nvidia has nothing to offer in terms of raw horsepower against AMD Radeon HD 6990 in the above mentioned titles. Having said that, if you are going to purchase this graphics card to use only in the 1600x900 resolution it is by far an overkill as in majority of cases CPU or other component acted as a bottleneck and the world’s fastest graphics card wasn’t able to fix this.

It is very hard to be the best and AMD's top offering is trying hard. It manages to win in 15 tests out of 19 with a few ties. This isn't really a fight any more as there is virtually no competition for the Antilles-powered graphics card. On average Radeon HD 6990 is around 30% faster than Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 and 21% better than ATI's previous generation Radeon HD 5970.

Now it is official - there isn't a single graphics card out there that can threaten Radeon HD 6990 dominance at the moment. In 2560x1600 resolution our hero is almost twice as fast as the best Nvidia can through at it. The only hope for a rematch is against an SLI configuration, which we are going to discuss in one of our upcoming reviews.

Well, if you are one of the few who became the proud owners of such a graphics card, there is a certain chance that you won't be reading this article for a week or so. Yes, it may cost an average salary in some Eastern European counties and yes, it will become an additional heater in your room but let’s face it: this is the easiest possible way to get the highest fps in 98% of the titles without trading off any of the graphics quality.

AMD did a really good job in keeping its fastest graphics card unreleased till the very last moment. We may laugh at the 'in the world' attribute, but at the moment AMD Radeon HD 6990 is indeed the fastest graphics card in the world. No doubt!

Highs:

  • Highest performance possible for a single-slot graphics card;
  • Significantly faster than GeForce GTX 580;
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Best quality of anisotropic filtering in the industry;
  • Supports up to 6 monitors;
  • Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding, including DivX and 3D;
  • High-quality HD video post-processing with scalability;
  • Integrated sound core with HD support;
  • Sound over HDMI;
  • HDMI 1.4a;
  • DisplayPort 1.2;
  • Highly efficient cooling system;
  • Minimal effect of FSAA on performance.

 Lows:

  • High price;
  • Bulky size;
  • Signifacant noise level in 3D mode;
  • Low energy-efficiency in power-saving modes;
  • Performance depends on the driver;
  • Limited warranty;
  • Supports less GPGPU-accelerated software than the competitors.
 
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