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Advanced Micro Devices on Monday introduced its new graphics processing unit (GPU) for notebooks designed for gamers. The company claims that its new Radeon HD 6990M graphics solution is the highest-performing single-chip graphics adapter for mobile personal computers.

AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphics solution for laptops is based on the company's latest Cayman architecture featuring VLIW4 technology. The novelty sports 1120 stream processing units, 56 texture units, 32 raster operation units as well as 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface. AMD's flagship mobile GPU fully supports DirectX 11 capabilities, OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.1, hardware-accelerated playback of high-definition video formats (including stereo-3D formats) and other modern features.

As expected, the Radeon HD 6990M fully supports AMD's dual-graphics technology, which ensures that  graphics chips coupled with AMD's Fusion integrated graphics solution get a speed boost. Additionally, CrossFireX, Eyefinity 6 and other exclusive features from AMD are supported.

It is noteworthy that the Radeon HD 6990M graphics solution is a single-chip product. By contrast, desktop Radeon HD 6990 graphics card is a dual-chip flagship solution that offers radically higher performance than the Radeon HD 6990M. Nonetheless, the latter is still among the faster notebook GPUs at the planer.

“There’s always been a belief that when it comes to mobile computing you need to make performance compromises. Today AMD demolishes that myth. The AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU, which not only packs AMD Eyefinity technology with unprecedented specs, also provides full Microsoft DirectX 11 and Stereo 3D support. Bottom line, this processor is epic and it’s here - now," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of GPU division at AMD.

The first laptops to feature one or even two AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphics solutions are Alienware M18x, Clevo X7200/P170HM/P150HM as well as select systems from Eurocom.

Tags: AMD, ATI, Radeon, Mobility Radeon, Northern Islands, Cayman


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Discussion started: 07/12/11 12:26:23 PM
Latest comment: 07/13/11 11:26:07 PM
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need a comparison test with the latest GPU from nvidia
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 07/12/11 12:26:23 PM]
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6990M is the 6870 580M is the 560Ti
1 3 [Posted by: seronx  | Date: 07/12/11 12:39:21 PM]
seronx is right. The 6990M is based on the VLIW5 Barts core.
0 0 [Posted by: bbo320  | Date: 07/12/11 02:45:30 PM]

Maybe this comment is in the bad place. Pardon me but, Radeon's control center pops up every time someone installed a new software in a switchable Graphics laptop. Am I wrong? isn't there any automatic solution for Graphics switching that works well for AMD Graphics? Please tell me.
1 0 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 07/12/11 01:26:30 PM]
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You can change the settings so it wont pop up for unknown apps and leave the setting as unknown at which point it will make its best guess. Its a bit less sophisticated then nvidia's optimus but also easily customizable.
0 0 [Posted by: xXero  | Date: 07/13/11 11:26:07 PM]

Odd name choice. The 6990 desktop part is dual GPU. True, that doesn't really fly in mobile world, it's going to be two separate cards & get the crossfire moniker.

Also indicates that they don't expect to bump the mobile 6000 series any higher; they're probably not planning a 6996 or 6995.
0 0 [Posted by: rektide  | Date: 07/13/11 06:21:55 PM]


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