Dual-GPU AMD graphics card makes appearance at AMD summit

By on June 15, 2012, 3:30 PM

At AMD's Fusion Developer Summit 2012, the company announced a brand new, high-end workstation offering labeled the AMD FirePro W9000. While the top-shelf graphics solution is a noteworthy announcement on its own, there was one curious inconsistency which caught the eye of PC hardware outfit Tech Report -- the graphics card held in the hands of AMD CTO Mark Papermaster looked markedly different than the one pictured in the keynote.

Intrigued by this discrepancy, a Tech Report journalist asked AMD PR man Dave Erskine about the product being wielded by Papermaster during the presentation. Erskine's answer? The real-life graphics card sample was a "dual-GPU product that will be released later this year". This seems like a probable explanation given the length of the card and the fact it sports three separate fans.

The past several months in the GPU wars have been unusually interesting with significant improvements made by both companies in performance, size and power consumption. We also saw Nvidia retake the performance crown with its line-up of Kepler GPUs with a special emphasis its thousand-dollar flagship product, the Geforce GTX 690

If AMD's dual-GPU offering ends up being based upon the same Tahiti cores found in the Radeon HD 7970, we can probably expect the Geforce GTX 690 to retain its well-deserved performance crown. The Geforce GTX 680 unit we reviewed last month, essentially a GTX 690 with a single GPU, edged out the Radeon HD 7970 in our benchmarks. Such a beastly graphics card from AMD would certainly put the company back into the highest of high-end tier once again, however.

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spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Should have gone triple gpu. Then they would take the crown and renew confidence in them not seen since AMD bought ATI.

Guest said:

Since it got 3 fans, it did look like a triple gpu card

Guest said:

Reference designed 7990 "Double GHz Edition?" $799

"Never again, never mind Nvidia"

likedamaster said:

False hope.

Been a fan for a while now, although my main cards still lean towards Nvidia. I'll be looking into this new one, for sure.

Triple gpu? Picture that!

1 person liked this | dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Should have gone triple gpu. Then they would take the crown and renew confidence in them not seen since AMD bought ATI.

The dual GPU (HD 7990) should shade the GTX 690 in games where both driver teams are on the ball. The Tahiti XT2 GPU, if clocked at ~1070-1100M surpasses the GK 104. The other half of the equation is of course said driver teams...

A nominal few frames per second might be of less consequence than making sure that the owners of the cards have the gameplay experience the cost of the card(s) dictates.

Triple gpu? Picture that!

How about a quad GPU ?


Guest said:

I hope AMD regains the top performance crown, not because I hate Nvidia but because they're always competitively driving prices downward instead of staying at cliche' prices (like back in 2009-2010 with the Radeon HD 4800 series)

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