Radeon HD 7990 quietly drops below $700

Is it me, or is AMD's Radeon HD 7990 getting more and more appealing? Last week, we were treated to AMD's first frame-pacing driver, whose multi-GPU frame synchronization mojo vastly improved the 7990's rendering smoothness. Today, we've noticed that several version of the Radeon HD 7990 are selling for less than $700—much less, in some cases.

Newegg, for one, offers a PowerColor Radeon HD 7990 for $699.99 before a $70 mail-in rebate. There's another variant available for $699.99 before a $50 rebate, and you can grab an XFX model for $729.99 before a $30 rebate. Other flavors of the 7990 seem to be selling for upwards of $730.

I'm not seeing prices anywhere near that low at Amazon and TigerDirect. Amazon's cheapest 7990 goes for $789.99 right now, and TigerDirect only goes below $800 after a $30 mail-in rebate. Still, those prices are substantially below the card's $999.99 launch price.

Our benchmarks show that, when aided by AMD's frame-pacing driver, the Radeon HD 7990 is as fast or faster than Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 and GTX Titan—and neither of those Nvidia offerings are listed for much less than $999.99 right now. AMD's frame-pacing driver is still in beta, of course, and the 7990 is still prey to the pitfalls of multi-GPU rendering, unlike the single-chip GTX Titan. Nevertheless, the 7990's price advantage is hard to overlook—and the card still ships with eight free games, including BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, and Tomb Raider.

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