AMD tackled the mid-range market last week with its new Radeon HD 7790, but the company now has its sights on the high end. At the Game Developers Conference, AMD teased its long-awaited dual-GPU, 7000-series graphics card, which finally has a name: the Radeon HD 7990.
Our own Scott Wasson was on the scene at the unveiling, but it doesn’t sound like AMD had much to say. The company would only reveal that the 7990 will be the "world’s fastest graphics card" and that, thanks to its triple-fan cooler, it will be "whisper quiet." The card on display has four mini DisplayPort outputs alongside a single DVI port. Also, a few closeups I grabbed out of the slide deck reveal what appear to be two eight-pin PCI Express power connectors.
I thought the card looked familiar, and that’s because we’ve actually seen it in public before. At the AMD Fusion Developer Summit last June, AMD CTO Mark Papermaster held it up to the crowd instead of a FirePro W9000, seemingly by mistake. At the time, AMD’s graphics PR chief Dave Erskine told me the mystery card was a "dual-GPU product that will be released later this year"—meaning later in 2012. I guess AMD’s schedule wound up slipping a little.
You’ll find a higher-res picture of the card in the image gallery below.