AMD’s 8 Teraflop Radeon HD 7990 Lets You Play Any Game in 4K Ultra HD

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AMD has unleashed the Leviathan, a true beast of epic proportions. The $999 Radeon HD 7990 boasts 8 Teraflops of processing power — that’s 8 trillion floating point calculations per second, about 4x the horsepower of a PlayStation 4 GPU.

The Behemoth video card is geared for direct competition with NVIDIA’s closely priced GeForce GTX 690, which came out about a year ago. Both cards are capable of delivering 4K output at 3840 x 2160 resolution.

The Radeon HD 7990 also features 6GB of RAM, PCI Express 3.0 support, and a new cooling system, making it about 10dB quieter than the NVIDIA GTX 690. AMD claims that this hardware can deliver any current game at maximum detail with 4K resolution. To back up that claim, the card comes with a stack of graphics-heavy games, including Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, and 5 others.

Analysts warn that if you expect high frame rates, you best have a powerful CPU to keep up with the 8.6 billion transistor GPU. That being said, chances are that if you can afford this $999 beast, then you can certainly spare some cash for other quality hardware, including a 4K display.

How does it compare with the GTX 690? Ryan Smith over at AnandTech benchmarked it:

On average the 7990 delivers 100% of the performance of the GTX 690. Of course there aren’t any games where they’re tied, since NVIDIA and AMD exchange the lead on an almost per-game basis.

Is it worth it? Pick one up in 2 weeks when it comes out, play Bioshock Infinite on a 4K display, and let us know!



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