AMD’s highly anticipated Radeon HD 6990 Antilles GPU has finally put in an appearance at a local press event in Taiwan. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, an AMD executive showed off the card to the press and pictures of the same are now all over the Internet.
The card’s pictures were first placed online by Taiwanese technology blog ITOC and have since then been picked up by many others. From the shots, the card seems to feature dual Cayman cores on a single PCB. The fact that there are two GPUs merged into the HD 6990 can be clearly seen from the back. This makes the HD 6990 quite similar to the HD 5970.
However, unlike the HD 5970, the HD 6990 seems to carry a totally revamped cooling solution. The cooler has surprisingly been placed in the center of the plastic cover, possibly to cover both GPUs. But the most impressive part about the card seems to be its size... the HD 6990 is undoubtedly a monster.
While there are no other details presently available, we can hazard a guess that the card will carry up to 3072 stream processors, 192 texturing units, and 64 ROPs. The dual-GPU should also hold up to 2GB of video frame buffer each, giving it massive processing power. The only part that is confirmed about the card is that it will be constructed on TSMC’s 40nm process architecture.
AMD is yet to say anything officially about the release date of the card, but various leaks and rumors have suggested that it could be in late February of this year. Once that happens, AMD will take a strong lead in terms of having the most powerful graphics solution available, going past NVIDIA’s GTX 580.
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