Delays, delays, delays, and wham! AMD has resurfaced with ferocious intentions and a GPU that has blown away GDC 2013. Two major announcements were made by AMD. One is the unveiling of the 7990 and the announcement of their cloud platform gaming enthusiast series cards named “Sky”.
First, the Radeon HD 7990. Look at it, I mean just look at it. Three fans, two GPUs in one, 6144 MB of GDDR5 memory, and a whole lot of “Umph”. If you’re wondering how well it works in action, let me put your mind at ease. The 17 minutes of Battlefield 4 footage shown just earlier this week was indeed running on an HD 7990. The flawless, smooth gameplay was not (as per popular belief) run on an Nvidia Titan, but the latest in AMD technology.
AMD has also been extremely clear on their global strategy with cloud gaming. Three different cards have been announced:
The Sky 900, 3584 stream processors, 6GB GDDR5 (3GB/GPU) memory and 480GB/s of memory bandwidth.
The Sky 700, 1792 stream processors, 6GB GDDR5and 264GB/s.
The Sky 500, 1280 stream processors, 4GB GDDR5 and 154GB/s.
All three cards are passively cooled and have no active moving parts such as fans or liquid cooling. This means that all GPUs will be centralized not in your computer but in some far away station. This does unfortunately mean no overclocking, but will substantially decrease the heating inside a user’s desktop. So for those with Fios or other high speed internet connections, one of these cards would indeed be optimal and cheaper than it’s localized counterpart.
AMD built the Sky GPUs on its Graphics Core Next architecture. It’s currently announced partners include; CiiNow, G-Cluster, Otoy and Ubitus, two of which have also been announced as partners with Nvidia. That must be one awkward brunch meeting.