PowerColor Launches Devil 13 Dual-Core R9 390 with 16GB GDDR5 Onboard Memory
Remember how AMD was all set to outperform its competition, mainly the GeForce GTX 980Ti through the upcoming R9 Gemini? Well it seems that Gemini not only has to deal with 980Ti but also another beast among AMD’s own ranks, namely the Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390. Originally announced in early September, the monster of a GPU is created by PowerColor and is available in shops online.
The new adapter carries inside it two AMD Radeon R9 390 GPUs for a staggering total of 16GB GDDR5 graphics memory operating at 5400MHz per GPU. The graphics unit also has 2560 stream processors and 164 texture units on 2x 512-bit memory bus.
The circuit board is custom printed and has a 15-phase voltage regulator module and is powered by an IRPRIC or International Rectifier PowerIRstage IC (integrated circuit), featuring solid-state ferrite-core chokes together with solid-state capacitors.
All this sounds fancy enough and as expected makes the Dual-Core R9 390 a power hog, requiring a PLX PCI Express bridge with four 8-pin power connectors for a total input power of 600w, alongside the 75w from the PCIe x16 slot.
All this raw power output equals no less than 10.24TFLOPS compute performance, which leaves behind all graphic adapters today. Unfortunately, the card works with AMD CrossFire multi-GPU technology which means if the game doesn’t support CrossFire, users will only be gaining the benefits of a single GPU.
That being said, most AAA titles these days do support CrossFire so if someone is aiming just to play those, they should be all set.
Judging by the specifications, if someone opts for this GPU because they don’t want to wait for the R9 Gemini, they will not be disappointed when the Gemini is actually released since the performance difference will most probably be non-existent, and if the $1000+ price tag rumor of Gemini is true, it might actually be a good idea to buy Dual-Core R9 390 since it costs $799.
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