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First Look at AMD Radeon HD 7990 and Radeon Sky Series

AMD Radeon HD 7990 | AMD

AMD Radeon HD 7990 | AMD

During their press briefing at the Game Developers Conference last Tuesday, AMD unveiled their dual GPU Radeon 7990. Dubbed as Malta, it is the company’s latest high-end reference-design video card with a full-size dual-slot card. Although information about the Radeon 7990 remains scarce, AMD’s General Manager for Graphics Business Unit Matt Skynner said that it is whisper quiet and it’s a two-series 7990 GPUs on a single card.

The AMD Radeon HD 7990 will compete against NVIDIA’s Titan when it comes to the “fastest video card on the planet” battle. In relation to this, the card is expected to become available by the end of the second quarter. It will be followed by the release of the Radeon HD 8000 series during the second half of 2013.

Meet the AMD Radeon Sky Series

Aside from the Radeon HD 7990, General Manager of Professional Graphics David Cummings also announced their new series for specialized data center video cards—the AMD Radeon Sky series.

AMD Radeon Sky Series | AMD

AMD Radeon Sky Series | AMD

These cards are passively cooled cards that run on servers while streaming games in real time from cloud to client devices. As Cummings stated:

Data and services are moving the cloud, and so is gaming. What do gamers want from the could? They want the experience to be easy to install, easy to use, and available from any device at any location.

AMD intends to support the whole cloud: The home cloud and the public cloud. Cloud gaming requires HD gaming at 30 fps, outstanding compression, optimal density—meaning the best performance per watt and the most users per GPU—minimal latency, and enterprise-grade hardware.

In relation to this, Cummings revealed that AMD will ship three GPUs under the Radeon Sky series.

  • Radeon Sky 900, which features two Radeon GPUs and 3 GB of GDDR5 memory for each GPU.
  • Radeon Sky 700 that will boast 1792 stream processors and 6 GB of GDDR5.
  • Radeon Sky 500, which will sport will deliver 1280 stream processors and 4 GB of memory.

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