In the end PowerColor has ultimately done what we expected AMD to do months ago, but have continued not to do. I think before we get onto anything else the first thing we've got to cover is the $999.99 price tag is associated with the PowerColor DEVIL13 HD 7990 6GB.
Is that a price tag people are willing to pay for this video card? For the most part it's not because it's simply out of budget for so many people. There's no denying, though, that the supply of the card is going to be limited and the performance is clearly here for anyone who wants serious power from a single video card setup.
PowerColor have put a really special card together here and they've really done a good job. With the associated price tag it would've been nice to see a game or two thrown into the bundle, especially as AMD are trying to promote some titles at the moment. There's little that can be faulted with this video card, though, especially if you are happy to spend the money.
If size isn't an issue and you're happy to spend some big bucks then the DEVIL13 HD 7990 is going to no doubt be the kind of card you want to pick up and install in your system. The decision to have just a single card instead of two is always nice and when the card looks as mean as the one here that PowerColor is offering, we'd prefer this over a pair of normal reference looking HD 7970 GHz Edition cards.
Performance is ultimately why you buy this card, though, and you can see that performance isn't an issue - no matter what resolution you're gaming at or what settings. This is a fantastic choice for people who want to game with AA and AF on at 2560 x 1600 or are looking for single card solution to power their multi-screen Eyefinity setup.
How it goes against the GTX 690 is something that we can't comment on unfortunately for reasons already mentioned. With the GTX 690 starting at the same price, though, in its reference form we'd be more tempted to go with this offering, as it carries with it a much larger coolness factor.
We've also been a bigger fan of Eyefinity over Surround Vision even with the DisplayPort requirement that is thrown into the mix. If you're looking for a single video card solution to power three 1920 x 1080 monitors, then this is going to be the kind of card you want. Of course you've also got the option to throw a second one into the mix if you ever wanted to go (a little more) crazy.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Card and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark 11]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Just Cause 2]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Metro 2033]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Dirt 3]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Temperature Test]
- Page 16 [Sound Test]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Test]
- Page 18 [Final Thoughts]