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October 26, 2012

HIS Readies Radeon HD 7970 X2 Dual-GPU Graphics Card

Despite dual-Tahiti graphics cards being initially dubbed Radeon HD seven thousand nine hundred and seventy X2, previous trends ended up forcing developers to use the name Radeon HD 7990 instead, even though AMD has never made a reference model. HIS is defiant though.

Hightech Information System is almost ready to sell its own dual-GPU high-end Radeon HD 7000 series graphics adapter.

Not liking the HD 7990 moniker, it has decided to do what it has always meant to and call its video board Radeon HD 7970 X2 instead.

The specifications, however, aren't actually that different from all the other boards of this sort.

Then again, with power supply limits and other issues that have to be solved (heat generation, performance, etc.), This is not unexpected.

Each of the two AMD Tahiti graphics processing units gets to control half of the PCB (printed circuit board). Their clock speed is of 1,050 MHz. 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM back them up, 3GB for each chip. The memory interface is of 384-bit (for each 3 GB) and the frequency is of 6 GHz.

Furthermore, in order to supply the card with enough energy to keep this one-piece CrossFireX configuration operational and stable, HIS included three 8-pin PCI Express power connectors.

Not all the energy is used by the card itself though. Some goes to the dual-fan, triple-slot cooler.

As for connectivity, HIS tossed in a dual-DVI video output and four mini DisplayPort outputs. Obviously, they are meant to enable six-display Eyefinity setups.

Unfortunately, we have no information on when sales will begin or where. The price is just as shrouded in mystery, although we can still make an educated guess based on rival products, like Club 3D Radeon HD 7990 Graphics. $ 899/899 Euro is the most likely mark. On that note, VTX3D, PowerColor and other AMD partners will be directly opposed to HIS too.