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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
AMD Launches AMD Radeon HD 6990M Mobile Graphics Processor

AMD today launched the AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU claiming that it is the world's fastest single mobile graphics processor that supports DirectX11 and HD3D. AMD says that the new GPU is 25 percent faster than any other GPU that's been announced to the public, including Nvidia's latest mobile GPU, the GeForce GTX 580M.

With the arrival of the AMD Radeon 6990M GPU and the recently launched AMD A-Series Accelerated Processors (APU), AMD is pushing graphics capabilities to the limits for a wide range of notebook form factors and price points while enhancing the experience through technologies like AMD CrossFireX and Dual Graphics (using a combination of AMD Radeon GPUs or an AMD Radeon GPU and an AMD APU).

"There's always been a belief that when it comes to mobile computing you need to make performance compromises. Today AMD demolishes that myth," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU division, AMD. "The AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU, which not only packs AMD Eyefinity technology with unprecedented specs, also provides full Microsoft DirectX 11 and Stereo 3D support. Bottom line, this processor is epic and it's here - now."

The AMD Radeon HD 6990M also represents a significant upgrade from AMD's current gaming notebook graphics solution, the AMD Radeon HD 6970M, raising the bar from both a performance and image quality perspective. With support for DirectX 11, users can expect ultra-fast frame rates, while the AMD Eyefinity technology offers support for up to six displays. The AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphics processor also delivers AMD App Acceleration technology, which uses the power of the GPU to improve video playback, streaming and faster web browsing with Internet Explorer 9 and Mozilla Firefox. AMD HD3D technology also offers stereoscopic 3D support.

  Radeon HD 6990M Radeon HD 6970M Radeon HD 6950M Radeon HD 6870M Radeon HD 6850M Radeon HD 6830M
Model Name Blackcomb Pro (Barts) Blackcomb Pro (Barts) Blackcomb Pro (Barts) Granville Pro (Juniper) Granville Pro (Juniper) Granville Pro (Juniper)
Stream Processors 1120 960 960 800 800 800
Texture Units 56 48 48 40 40 40
ROPs 32 32 32 16 16 16
Core Clock 715MHz 680MHz 580MHz 675MHz 625MHz 575MHz
Memory Clock 900MHz (3.6GHz) GDDR5 900MHz (3.6GHz) GDDR5 900MHz (3.6GHz) GDDR5 1000MHz (4.0GHz) GDDR5 1000MHz (4.0GHz) GDDR5 900MHz (3.6GHz) GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 115.2GB/s 115.2GB/s 115.2GB/s 64GB/s 64GB/s 57.6GB/s

Availability of the 6990M starts today, with the Alienware M18x coming in both single and CrossFire configurations. Clevo will also support the HD 6990M in their P170HM, P150HM, and X7200 notebooks.

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