PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990 Graphics Card Review
PowerColor Devil 13 HD7990 6GB Review
Back in December 2011 AMD launched their new 7900 series of graphics cards, initially debuting the 7970 and soon after the 7950. Since then we have seen various models released which fill gaps in the market at lower price points as well as a refresh of the 7970, the GHz Edition which enabled new Boost technology for enhanced performance.
Something always stuck out from that original 7970 launch back in December though, a slide mentioning dual GPU product. There was no concrete info but it would have been fair to assume AMD would deliver their X2/7990 product in February/March time… they didnt and then summer arrived along with the GTX 690 allowing NVIDIA to release the fastest "single" card around.
Recently AMDs partners were given the ability to design and release their own 7990 products (or 7970 X2 if you like). This would see two 7900 series GPUs on one PCB and every design would be different, PCB layouts, power spec, outputs, coolers… the works. One of the first to market with a 7990 is PowerColor with their Devil 13 card. This is as extreme as Radeons currently get and today we put it head to head with the GTX 690 to find out which is best in the latest games including Max Payne 3 and Battlefield 3 at resolutions up to 5760×1080… all with our Core i7 CPU running at 5GHz.
Packaging and Bundle
PowerColor package their Devil 13 in a pretty epic box, something that easily stands out from the norm. Upon lifting the lid we find two separate compartments for the bundled items and beneath them the card, surrounded by foam and wrapped in an anti-static bag. Bundled with the 7990 is product documentation, warranty cards (3-years) and a selection of standard connectors which are CrossFire Bridge, power cables, DVI to VGA adapter and two mini-DisplayPort to DVI converters. A wide number of retailers are also sending out a free gaming bundle with new AMD cards so anyone buying the Devil 13 will likely also receive Deus EX Human Revolution, Nexuiz and the incredibly fun DiRT Showdown.
It doesn’t stop there though as PowerColor also bundle a nice screwdriver kit as well as a pole to stabilise the card in our system.