ASUS HD 6990 (Radeon) Dual-GPU Graphic Card Review

Asus HD 6990 (Radeon) Dual-GPU Graphic Card Review

Final graphic card review for 2011 ends with a high-end card review, courtesy of ASUS Malaysia

The Card

The HD 6990 here looks very common. Nothing spectacular about it.

Asus HD 6990 (Radeon) Dual-GPU Graphic Card Review

Asus HD 6990 (Radeon) Dual-GPU Graphic Card Review

Asus HD 6990 (Radeon) Dual-GPU Graphic Card Review

More details at the Official Product page.

Here’s a video of the card, highlighting the 100% fan speed mode and the LED Load Indicator.

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K @ 4.2 Ghz
RAMKingston Value RAM 4GB 1333
MotherboardMSI P67A-GD65
CoolerIntel stock cooler
Monitor46″ LCD TV (until I get a Full HD monitor)
Power SupplyXigmatek NRP-PC602 600w
Operating SystemWindows 7 32bit

Below is the GPU-Z for the card.

Asus HD 6990 (Radeon) Dual-GPU Graphic Card Review

I’m comparing the HD 6990 against the GTX 580 (sorry, I don’t have a 590)

The Performance

Crysis

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
ASUS HD 699077.17
ASUS GTX 58045.73
ASUS HD 695039.72
Leadtek GTX 46024.22

Mafia II

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ Full HD

CardAverage
ASUS HD 699018
ASUS GTX 58041.1
ASUS HD 695018
Leadtek GTX 46034

*It reaches 84.5 if Physx disabled.

Lost Planet 2

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ Full HD

CardAverage
ASUS HD 699055.1
ASUS GTX 58055.6

Alien Vs Predator

Graphic Detail : Default setting @ Full HD

CardAverage
ASUS HD 6990122.2
ASUS GTX 58073

*The Radeon HD 6950 cards fail badly with Physx enabled. When Physx disabled, it goes to 58.4 fps.

Furmark

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ Full HD

CardAverage
ASUS HD 6990106
ASUS GTX 580103
ASUS HD 695054
Leadtek GTX 46064

Unigine Heaven 2.0

Graphic Detail : Full HD, 4xAA, 16xAF, Tesselation at NORMAL.

CardAverage
ASUS HD 699064.7
ASUS GTX 58054.6
ASUS HD 695046.3
Leadtek GTX 46031.8

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing.

CardIdle (°C)Load (°C)Stress (°C)
ASUS GTX 6990568890

Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

– Load, Furmark was run for 1 minute at Full HD with 4xAA.
– Stress, Furmark was run under the Stress Test mode for 5 minutes.

The interesting thing about this card that once the temperature hits 90c, the fan ramps up the speed to keep to lower the temperature. It then slows down once the temperature is lowered. Of course this means that the temperature rises again and the RPM is boost again………… it’s a repeated process.

Conclusion

I find it really hard to recommend such high end card.

It comes at a whopping RM 2,500 but you don’t exactly get 25% more performance as the GTX 580. It’s normal for cards to have less value for money on the higher end, meaning you get less frames per RM but in this case, one could settle for a GTX 580 as a cheaper alternative, a single GPU option that does not face multi-GPU scaling issues.

The HD 6990 is for people with deep pockets, doesn’t mind it being a power hog, doesn’t play games that uses Physx, only play games that works fast on AMD GPU + Scales well with CrossfireX. It’s also a plus point if you’re into multi-monitor (eye-finity) setup.

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8 Comments

  1. Lol.

    The new model of dual card are just around the corner. And just now you have desire for do the review? Hehe… Anywya, nice review.

  2. Author

    I review whatever that’s available. No harm adding another to the Internet. 😀

  3. This is a very good card. It cost more, but for the extra money you can prove to your friends that you have money. For superior gamer experience this is good card for the money.

  4. Author

    Running 2x HD 6950 would be a better option. It costs far less (most boards these days come with dual PCI-E for CFX already)

    Power consumption would be similar but on the plus side, it should be less noisy as the GPU aren’t sharing the same heatsink.

  5. 2xHD 6950 would not be a better option. The point is that by purchasing the HD6990 I can demonstrate my superior financial position to my friends. If friends know my superior financial state I get better respect than just using 2x HD6950 would provide.

  6. Author

    Haha k k if you’re talking about that then go ahead. In fact, get dual HD 6990. 🙂 You can boast about your PSU while you’re at it.

  7. Hi, do you encounter micro stuttering for your 6990 during any gameplay?

  8. Author

    Haven’t noticed any during my short period of using it.

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