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The World’s Most Powerful Graphics Card Likely To Be Launched by PowerColor
The arrival of the new PowerColor Devil 13 Dual-Core R9 announced in early September is considered as the most powerful GPU tandem in the world. To be launched with two “Hawaii” GPUs, it will bring double the Radeon R9 390 power, with 16GB onboard memory and 2560 stream processors.
Even though many more powerful graphics cards are out there, with AMD’s own upcoming dual “Fiji” R9 Gemini and the un-named dual GPU NVIDIA project grabbing some headlines, PowerColor is still, and in all likelihood will be today’s most powerful graphics card.
The new adapter built by PowerColor has two AMD Radeon R9 390 “Hawaii” GPUs. It provides a staggering, professional graphics card-size memory of 16GB GDDR5, 2560 stream processors, 164 texture units, 64 raster operations pipelines as well as 512-bit memory bus. While each chip comes equipped with 8GB of onboard GDDR5 memory operating at 5400MHz, each of the two tandem GPUs are clocked at 1000MHz.
The circuit board has a 15-phase voltage regulator module and is custom printed. It is powered by an IRPRIC or International Rectifier PowerIRstage IC (integrated circuit), that features solid-state ferrite-core chokes along with solid-state capacitors. However, the Dual-Core R9 390 is not an eco-friendly card in any way, shape or form.
It sports four 8-pin PCIe power connectors using a PLX PCI Express bridge, which can deliver a total of 600W of power to the board, in addition to the 75W already being supplied by the PCIe x16 slot.
You can rely on the Devil 13 before the R9 Gemini and future NVIDIA project arrives
All the graphic adapters today would be left behind with all this raw power output that equals no less than 10.24TFLOPS compute performance. The card unfortunately works with AMD CrossFire multi-GPU technology that has several issues with current games that do not support AMD’s CrossFire technology, with some treating the card as sporting one single GPU instead of two.
As long you play the latest and biggest AAA titles, there should be no problems, as big titles will work well with AMD tech in spite of that.
You can go ahead and buy the extremely powerful PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390, as the performance of this card will be so high that current games would not make any difference. This means that even when the R9 Gemini/Fury X2 comes is out, you would have lost nothing.
The prices of the new card available online is $799 (€705).