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June 15, 2012, 02:10:59 AM
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http://www.tweaktown.com/news/24579/upcoming_dual_gpu_amd_card_pictured/index.html

Interesting they're not going with the customary centrifugal fan.

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In addition to showing off AMD's future roadmaps, Mark Papermaster showed off a cool triple-fan professional graphics card called the FirePro W9000. The card is detailed in the slide shown below and is meant to be a professional version of the 7970. Curiously enough, however, is the fact that the card he held up and the card in the slide appear very different.
 

 
Cyril Kowaliski of TechReport noticed the difference as well and put a call into AMD's Dave Erskine to get an answer. Erskine would only say that it was a "dual-GPU product that will be released later this year." Taking a good educated guess, I would say that the card is most likely a 7970x2 (7990?), or in other words, two 7970 chips on one PCB.
 

 
After all, AMD has to compete with NVIDIA's dual-Kepler beast, the GTX 690. AMD has been making dual-GPU consumer cards for something like 4 generations now (3870x2) and were rumored to be debuting one at Computex. That debut never occurred, but it seems unlikely that they wouldn't produce a dual-7970 card. The release time frame also indicates that it should be of the Tahiti flavor.

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June 15, 2012, 02:47:08 AM
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If this is truly a 7990, I wonder what was the delay. There were rumors circulating on issues with quality on Tahiti chips (or New Zealand as its called), vapor chamber/heatsink, PLX switches.

This card is rather long for a single gpu card, yet the height appears to be close to the top of the slot. There aren't a whole lot more features being resolved in this image.

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June 15, 2012, 08:55:58 AM
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I wonder what that button looking thing is on the rear of the card.
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June 15, 2012, 09:19:08 AM
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I wonder what that button looking thing is on the rear of the card.

Looks like an s-video port.

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June 15, 2012, 12:22:08 PM
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The card depicted is a W9000.

Hopefully what Papermaster is holding is the 7990. 3 fans should help it keep the noise level and heat down. Makes more sense than Nvidia's magnesium alloy frame and polycarbonate windows Roll Eyes

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June 15, 2012, 02:22:14 PM
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magnesium alloy frame and polycarbonate windows

ya but that sounds WAY cooler than just "Oh, they added 2 more fans". Tongue

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June 15, 2012, 02:22:54 PM
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Neither of those pics are 7990 per the article and the slides.
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June 15, 2012, 02:28:09 PM
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Neither of those pics are 7990 per the article and the slides.

I had the same thoughts!!!

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June 15, 2012, 04:08:30 PM
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Neither of those pics are 7990 per the article and the slides.

I had to re-read the 2nd paragraph because the way the article is written is really confusing.  Apparently Dave Erskine (who I guess is a senior media-relations guy at AMD) says that the triple-fan card that's being displayed is a forthcoming dual-GPU product.  If it's not the 7990, I'm unaware of any other dual-GPU board that AMD has coming out soon. 

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June 15, 2012, 06:13:15 PM
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Neither of those pics are 7990 per the article and the slides.

I had to re-read the 2nd paragraph because the way the article is written is really confusing.  Apparently Dave Erskine (who I guess is a senior media-relations guy at AMD) says that the triple-fan card that's being displayed is a forthcoming dual-GPU product.  If it's not the 7990, I'm unaware of any other dual-GPU board that AMD has coming out soon.  

Yes, there is another one: the FirePro W9000, the profesional version for High Performance Computing.
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