Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 690 is the first dual-GPU card of the new generation. It won’t be the last, though. AMD is reportedly working on its own dually, this time with a pair of the very same Tahiti graphics chips that power the Radeon HD 7970. According to Donanim Haber, the appropriately named Radeon HD 7970 X2 will debut at Computex next week.
The Turkish site nabbed some pictures of PowerColor’s spin on the X2. The card looks like a beast, with three fans perched atop its triple-slot cooler. There’s a trio of eight-pin PCIe power connectors, too, purportedly allowing the card to draw as much as 525W.
A big red button buried among the display outputs activates a turbo mode with higher clock speeds, but there’s no word on what those are or how fast the card runs in its default config. The 7970’s stock core clock is 925MHz, although a number of manufacturers are already selling 1GHz flavors. All of the 7970 derivatives we’ve seen come with 3GB of memory, making it likely the X2 will boast 6GB of RAM. As with other multi-GPU configs, though, only half of that memory would be accessible to each graphics chip.
Sapphire’s take on the Radeon HD 7970 X2 appears to be considerably different than Nvidia’s design for the GeForce GTX 690. The GeForce occupies only two slots, has just two eight-pin power connectors, and relies on a single cooling fan (which does an excellent job, we might add). It will be interesting to see whether any of the X2 cards undoubtedly coming from other AMD partners can get away with fewer power connectors and smaller coolers.