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PowerColor, a leading supplier of graphics processors that belongs to Tul Corp., has revealed the first image of its upcoming dual-chip Radeon HD 7970 X2 Devil 13 graphics card that is projected to emerge on the market in the coming weeks. The new solution will be PowerColor's flagship graphics card that will compete against products like Nvidia Corp.'s dual-chip GeForce GTX 690.

PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 X2 Devil 13 has three-slot cooling system with three fans and requires three PCI Express 8-pin power connectors. The board carries 3GB or 6GB GDDR5 memory, but its clock-speed is unclear, just like the frequency of the graphics processing unit itself. The card has two DVI, two mini-DisplayPort and one HDMI video outputs. Thanks to two AMD Tahiti XT graphics chips, the dual-chip graphics solution will have 4096 stream processors, 256 texture units, 64 render back ends and so on.

As Advanced Micro Devices seems to be getting late with its dual-chip Radeon HD 7990 graphics card, actual suppliers of graphics adapters are developing their own multi-GPU flagship solutions in order to compete with their rivals that sell Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 graphics boards.

Pricing of the PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 X2 graphics card is unknown, but given the fact that Nvidia's partners sell GeForce GTX 690 graphics boards for $1000, it will be relatively easy to make the dual-chip AMD Tahiti XT graphics card competitive in terms of pricing.

Tags: PowerColor, Tul, Radeon, AMD, ATI, Tahiti, Southern Islands, GCN, 28nm


Comments currently: 14
Discussion started: 05/29/12 09:58:13 AM
Latest comment: 05/30/12 02:25:46 PM
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So AMD's partners got tired of waiting for AMD to launch HD7990, so they went ahead and made a custom version....that will surely draw > 500W of power.

It would be better if AMD did an HD4870 to HD4890 style refresh and launched faster clocked 7970 cards that have been rumored for 5 months now. These new stepping 7970s would be a far better fit for a > 1Ghz dual-GPU 7990 and have more reasonable power consumption. Sticking current 7970 chips into a dual-GPU board and requiring three PCI Express 8-pin power connectors is not innovative.
4 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 05/29/12 09:58:13 AM]
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It's okay, enthusiasts don't care about power consumption. Nobody would have minded if the GTX590 was like Asus Mars 2, it would have been the undisputed leader instead of being equal to 6990.
Bring out the beasts and let the benchmarks begin!
3 0 [Posted by: cosminmcm  | Date: 05/29/12 01:16:48 PM]
You are right. Enthusiast don't care about power consumption from a cost perspective but people care about 500W of power being converted into heat and dumped into their room, especially in the summer time. Enthusiast don't care about power consumption when the product is fast. Given that a single GTX670 = HD7970 (, it's doubtful that HD7990 will beat GTX670 SLI or GTX690. So why put up with 200W of extra power consumption for no reason?

And most importantly, standalone HD79790s will overclock to 1200-1250mhz, something this card has no hope of achieving on air.

If you look at other X2 cards made by Powercolor such as HD6870 X2 or 6970 X2, they hardly sold well. Unless AMD makes an official HD7990 with binned 7970s (ala 690 with binned GK104s), no one will care for this card.
2 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 05/30/12 07:23:56 AM]

So, would you like a little motherboard and CPU to go with your graphic card?
1 1 [Posted by: gamoniac  | Date: 05/29/12 01:51:35 PM]

First off I have to say that the HD 7970x2 will be a great card, but the GTX 690 will still be faster in most video game benchmarks unless they are running higher resolutions and/or multiple monitors then the HD 7970x2 will beat the GTX 690, that being said the HD 7970 has more horsepower when it comes to computing,calculating,folding and gaming at higher resolutions than the GTX 680 so I would think the same for the dual GPU cards.
1 2 [Posted by: Kilobit  | Date: 05/30/12 08:15:19 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: cosminmcm  | Date: 05/30/12 08:49:44 AM]
take a look at lets say metro 2033 at any site and lets start increasing the resolutions on multiple monitors past 1920 x 1200 I'm not saying that it's the best for gaming I am saying that AMD's 384 bit bus is bigger than Nvidias 256 bit bus and AMD has 2048 stream processing units compared to Nvidia's 1536 also the HD 7970 has 3GB of Video RAM when the GTX 680 has only 2GB larger graphics bus + 492 more stream processing units plus 1 GB more ram and like I said before start looking at some of calculation,computation and folding benchmarks. I look at facts I am not an AMD fanboy nor am I an Nvidia fanboy I am a programmer and when I purchase hardware I look at everything.
1 1 [Posted by: Kilobit  | Date: 05/30/12 12:40:17 PM]
I'm not taking Metro 2033. That game was favouring AMD even in the past generation. When Radeon 6970 equals or beats GTX 580 in performance (or even comes close), I cannot expect that game to do well on Nvidia's new generation either (AvP is another example). It doesn't matter if it is a TWIMTBP game. We can take a selection of games and you will see that 680 GTX wins more than it loses against 7970. And that's it.
You see, this time Nvidia beats AMD with fewer resources. It's like 7900GTX vs 1900XTX over again.
0 2 [Posted by: cosminmcm  | Date: 05/30/12 01:25:23 PM]
favoring AMD my ass,LOL!!! the beginning intro is a Nvidia advertisement and was enhanced for Nvidia graphics cards look at some other benchmarks like Alan Wake or heck look at Techpowerup's GTX680 V.S. HD 7970 Scalling benchmarks
1 1 [Posted by: Kilobit  | Date: 05/30/12 01:44:56 PM]
You really pick the benchmarks that that you like. Are you on xbitlabs? Take the benchmarks on this site. As I said, there are some games that are faster on 7970. Alan Wake is one of them, too. But you have to choose very carefuly because the list is pretty small.
I see the 680 faster than 7970 at techpowerup summary diagrams even at 1600p. So, where is the power?
0 2 [Posted by: cosminmcm  | Date: 05/30/12 01:57:52 PM]
When you start hitting real resolutions at 2560 and higher you know the ones where Nvidia is at 0 FPS and the AMD's are still averaging 30-60 FPS
1 1 [Posted by: Kilobit  | Date: 05/30/12 02:03:08 PM]
Where? I'll give some reviews with 3 screen gaming, and Nvidia wins in all of them:


The Geforce does better even at 5760x1080. Maybe the Radeon gets closer, but it doesn't win. There is not one single reputable site that sais the Radeon is the winner. I'm not sure what you are programming on, but you do it wrong, my man.
0 1 [Posted by: cosminmcm  | Date: 05/30/12 02:23:59 PM]
And by the way 1600 is a joke that's what an XBOX runs at.
1 1 [Posted by: Kilobit  | Date: 05/30/12 02:04:19 PM]
I said 1600p, but you have no clue, so I guess it's ok.
You should read more, it doesn't hurt.
0 1 [Posted by: cosminmcm  | Date: 05/30/12 02:25:46 PM]


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