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The AMD Radeon HD 6990 - Review

The AMD Radeon HD 6990 is not simply a single GPU, but is rather dual GPUs in one package. Such a set up is popular amongst those gaming enthusiasts that lack multiple PCI-E slots. Able to handle Direct X 11 and sporting 4GB of GDDR5 memory with an 830 MHz engine clock, there's not a lot to dislike spec wise. Those impressive specifications, however, do not always translate into real life performance.
In this case, however, the AMD Radeon HD 6990 did not only meet expectations, but blew them away. This particular video card will destroy any game on the market. More likely than not, this card will perform above sixty frames per second at maxed out settings (including anti-aliasing and resolution) and it will not struggle to do so. Even the newer game Battlefield: Bad Company 2 results in FPS performance above 70 while set at 2560x1600. In fact, the only limiting factor that may be found upon installing this particular video card will lie with the CPU running in conjunction with it. 
While the performance of this card is impressive, there are some downsides. There is an adequate (but not stifling) amount of heat associated with this card's operation. Also, it's reasonably long, measuring in at roughly a foot in length. Before considering this beast, make sure that there is enough room to seat the GPU properly. Then, of course, there is price. With an MSRP starting at $699 US, this card may be considered out of the reach of many gamers. However, this is roughly equivalent to a multi-card, or Crossfire, solution and will surely satisfy the craving for AMD powered performance.

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