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  • AMD launches Radeon 6990M, claims to be the fastest mobile GPU made by humans

    The folks at Sunnyvale just never sit and relax, AMD has apparently grabbed the throne of making the fastest mobile GPU, pushing Nvidia GeForce 580M at the second place. The Radeon 6990M is based on TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture, and the specs are almost the same as Radeon 6900M except that it has 1120 stream processing units giving upto 1.6 teraflops of processing power. And obviously because it’s AMD – it comes with all the great technologies like Eyefinity and CrossFire.

    Here’s what AMD has to say about this tiny beast: “In tests conducted in AMD performance labs at 1920×1080, simulating mobile performance with a down-clocked desktop test system the AMD Radeon HD 6990M-based system was measured to be faster than the Nvidia GeForce 580M in the following benchmarks: Dragon Age 2 at 4AA/16AF (23.69%  faster), Total War: Shogun 2 at 2xAA/16xAF (10.36% faster), Aliens vs. Predator at 2xAA/8xAF (13.19% faster), Batman: Arkham Asylum at 4xAA/16xAF (16.85% faster), ET: Quake Wars at 8xAA/16xAF (25.82% faster), Just Cause 2 at 0xAA/2xAF (14.22% faster), Left 4 Dead 2 at 0xAA/0xAF (8.30% faster), Metro 2033 at AAA/4xAF (11.40% faster), The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena at 4xAA/8xAF (15.32% faster), Wolfenstein MP at 8xAA/16xAF (16.59% faster).  Tests conducted with the following configuration: Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, AMD Phenom II X4 965 (2.4GHz), 4GB (2GBX2GB), DDR3 system memory, Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate operating system. Drivers: AMD Catalyst 8.861 RC1, NVIDIA Driver 275.33 WHQL.” Yeah, cool – nice to know that a 6990M can run Dragon Age 2 23.69% faster than a GeForce 580M, but how fast exactly? We never get the point of claiming something is faster without giving actual raw figures. But fine, it’s AMD – leave the real benchmarking at review sites and consumers.

    And it seems AMD has managed to nab some pro manufacturers for the card – Alienware, Clevo and Eurocom all plan to release notebooks powered by this piece of silicon in coming months, hopefully more manufacturers will hop into the bandwagon aswell, but that’s not going to happen if Nvidia manages to burn AMD with Geforce 590M  in the upcoming weeks, it’s always good to see some fair competition. Press release after the jump.

    Press Release:

    AMD Launches AMD Radeon™ HD 6990M – World’s Fastest Single Mobile Graphics Processor

    Newest addition to AMD Radeon™ family raises the bar on unprecedented GPU power for mobile gaming enthusiasts

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. — 7/12/2011 AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched the AMD Radeon™ HD 6990M GPU – the world’s fastest single mobile graphics processor – an uncompromising GPU that delivers massive computing power to mobile users.  The AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU was measured to be up to 25% faster than any other announced notebook enthusiast GPU.  Furthermore, hardcore gamers can experience additional gaming performance through AMD CrossFireX™ technology.

    Ultra-fast performance and portability is imperative for enthusiast mobile gamers who crave technology that helps deliver an incredible gaming experience with the latest graphic-intensive titles. With the arrival of the AMD Radeon 6990M GPU and the recently launched AMD A-Series Accelerated Processors (APU), AMD is pushing graphics capabilities to the limits for a wide range of notebook form factors and price points while enhancing the experience through technologies like AMD CrossFireX™ and Dual Graphics (using a combination of AMD Radeon GPUs or an AMD Radeon™GPU and an AMD APU). AMD CrossFireX technology combines the output of two GPUs that helps deliver increased performance allowing gamers to immediately notice higher resolutions and greater image quality. With two AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPUs and AMD CrossFireX technology enabled, the notebook gamer can appreciate exceptional performance scaling in their favorite games.

    “There’s always been a belief that when it comes to mobile computing you need to make performance compromises. Today AMD demolishes that myth,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU division, AMD.  “The AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU, which not only packs AMD Eyefinity technology with unprecedented specs, also provides full Microsoft DirectX® 11 and Stereo 3D support. Bottom line, this processor is epic and it’s here – now.”

    The AMD Radeon HD 6990M also represents a significant upgrade from AMD’s current gaming notebook graphics solution, the AMD Radeon HD 6970M, raising the bar from both a performance and image quality perspective.  With support for DirectX® 11, users can expect ultra-fast frame rates and superior image quality, which gives gamers every advantage their desktop computers once enjoyed exclusively.  With AMD Eyefinity technology users can immerse themselves in an ultra-rich environment that supports up to six displays. The AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphics processor also delivers AMD App Acceleration technology, which uses the power of the GPU to improve video playback, streaming and faster web browsing with Internet Explorer 9 and Mozilla Firefox.  AMD HD3D technology ensures mobile users aren’t just watching videos or viewing pictures — rather they become immersed in a truly stereoscopic 3D environment backed by an open ecosystem with supporting software and hardware.

    “At its core, the Alienware brand is about pushing the limits and finding new extremes in gaming performance,” said Arthur Lewis, Vice President and General Manager for Alienware. “By offering two AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphics processors in our flagship M18x laptop, Alienware and AMD have come together to provide gamers the ultimate mobile experience.”

    As the PC gaming technology leader, AMD is dedicated to delivering the fastest technology and industry support needed to help create the best possible gaming experience on the PC. Whether it’s driving up frame rates, extending quality settings or pushing clock speeds, the AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU is the ideal notebook for hardcore gamers looking to run the industry’s most demanding DirectX 11 games such as Dragon Age 2, DiRT 3 and Shogun 2.

    “We’re excited by the new AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU for enthusiast Clevo notebook users, specially implemented in our X7200/P170HM/P150HM gaming product lines,” said Stephen Chien, Sales and Marketing Vice President, Clevo. “With 2GB GDDR5 memory along with 1.6 teraFlops of raw compute power and 1120 stream processing units, those notebook users will reign supreme. The AMD Radeon HD 6990M will help users achieve intense effects and blazing fast frame rates for outstanding performance.”

    “Eurocom high performance notebooks offer exceptional performance with the addition of AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphics,” said Mark Bialic, President, Eurocom.  “Our customers can expect record breaking gaming with unmatched realism and blistering speeds in all Eurocom systems powered by AMD Radeon HD 6990M in both single and AMD CrossFireX configurations!”


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