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Apr 28 2011   4:08AM GMT

XFX Radeon HD 6990 – Fastest Video Card in the World?

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Okay all you gamers fanatics, have you taken a look at the current reigning champion of video cards? The XFX Radeon HD 6990 is a one card SLI solution, that requires quite a lot of power to run, how much you ask? Well the minimum recommended power supply is 750 watts. Also make sure you have clearance for this beast…

Check out the specs below, the are quite impressive.

 Device Type Graphics adapter .
 Enclosure Type Plug-in card .
 Interface Type PCI Express 2.1 x16 .
 Width 1.5 in .
 Depth 12.3 in .
 Height 4.4 in .
Processor / Memory
 Graphics Processor / Vendor 2 GPUs – AMD Radeon HD 6990 .
 Clock Speed 830 MHz .
 Video Memory Installed 4 GB .
 Technology GDDR5 SDRAM 256-bit .
 Memory Clock Speed 5 GHz .
 Features AMD PowerPlay technology,
 Avivo HD Technology,
 AMD HD3D Technology,
 AMD Eyefinity Technology,
 AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Technology,
 AMD CrossFireX Technology,
 AMD Hybrid Graphics Technology,
 AMD Stream technology .
Video Output
 Max Resolution (external) 2560 x 1600 .
 Max Resolution Details DVI: 2560 x 1600 / DisplayPort: 2560 x 1600 / HDMI: 2560 x 1600 / VGA: 2048 x 1536 .
 API Supported DirectX 11 .
 Digital Video Standard DisplayPort,
 Digital Visual Interface (DVI),
 High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) .
Expansion / Connectivity
 Interfaces 4 x DisplayPort – Apple mini-DisplayPort,
 1 x DVI-I (dual link) – 29 pin combined DVI,
 1 x HDMI – 19 pin HDMI Type A ( With adapter ),
 2 x DVI-I ( With adapter ) .
 Compatible Slots 1 x PCI Express 2.1 x16 .
 Included Accessories Crossfire bridge,
 XFX Serial Number door hanger .
 Cables Included 2 x Mini DisplayPort-DVI adapter,
 1 x Mini DisplayPort-HDMI adapter .
Software / System Requirements
 Software Included Drivers & Utilities .
 Recommended Power Supply 750 Watt .
 Peripheral / Interface Devices Two additional power connectors,
 Adjacent PCI slot

What would stop me and others from buying this? Well the 700$ Price tag for one, and the fact that I would also have to upgrade my power supply doesn’t sit well with me… so for right now my XFX 8800GT XXX Edition will have to suffice… hey I can still play Call of Duty Black Ops at 1920×1080 full details at 60+fps. Just goes to show how powerful the Corei5 2500K processor is!

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