AMD Radeon HD 6990 Pictured

January 26, 2011 | 14:56

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AMD's latest flagship graphics card reference design, the dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990, has been pictured on display at the company's Asia Pacific technology event in Singapore.

Demonstrated at the event by head of AMD's graphics business Matt Skynner, the card looks like a beast, comprising a pair of GPUs and a whopping 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

AMD hasn't officially confirmed the specs of the pair of GPUs yet, but we presume they'll be based on the Cayman architecture used in AMD's Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 GPUs. As such, the card is likely to have a total of either 3,072 or 2,816 stream processors.

Pictures of the card snapped at the event by reveal a dual-slot design featuring a redesigned cooling system with a centrally-located fan and vents at the front and back, while the backplate has a single DVI port and four mini DisplayPort connectors for video output.

Pricing information for the card was not discussed at the event, although Skynner reportedly claimed that it would be officially launched some time in the first quarter of this year. The card demonstrated by Skynner was described as an engineering sample, although with the launch date so close it's unlikely that the final released product will vary much from what was on show at the event.

AMD Radeon HD 6990 Pictured AMD Radeon HD 6990 pictured
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As a result, the final version of the card is almost guaranteed to include the CrossFireX connector of the engineering sample, although it's not yet clear whether the card - which, thanks to its dual-GPU design, draws significantly more power than the company's other reference boards - will retain the single 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors, or swap them for a pair of 8-pin connectors.

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