AMD has announced the release of the fastest graphic mobile processor in the world – a GPU that provides the mobile users a superlative computation ability. AMD Radeon HD 6990M is by 25% faster than any other graphic processor for notebooks released so far. Moreover, enthusiastic gamers may benefit from an even higher game performance through the AMD CrossFireX technology.
The extreme performances and the portability are mandatory coordinates for enthusiastic gamers wishing for technologies capable of offering them an incredible game experience even in the newest games. With the launching of the AMD Radeon 6990M graphic panel and with the recently launched line of accelerated AMD A-Series(APU) processors, AMD sets higher levels of graphic performances for a wide range of notebooks and price segments, improving, at the same time, the users’ experience, through such technologies like AMD CrossFireX and Dual Graphics (using a combination of graphic panels AMD Radeon or a graphic panel AMD Radeon and an APU AMD).
The AMD CrossFireX technology combines the power of two graphic processors in order to deliver improved performances and to allow gamers to use high resolutions. With two AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphic panels and with the AMD CrossFireX technology, a gamer may experience an extraordinary performance improvement in his favorite games.
“There was always the belief, that in order to have notebook performances, sacrifices need to be made. Today AMD busted that myth”, Matt Skynner, Vice President and General Manager, GPU Division at AMD declared. “The AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphic processor, which does not provide only the AMD Eyefinity technology with unprecedented specifications, ensures complete Microsoft DirectX 11 support and 3D Stereo”.
AMD Radeon HD 6990M is an important upgrade from the current AMD solution for notebook games, increasing the performance standard as well as the quality of the image. With the AMD Eyefinity technology, users may become a part of the action, with a visual environment bearing up to 6 screens simultaneously.
The AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphic processor also features the AMD App Acceleration technology, that uses the GPU power in order to improve the video files rendering, the streaming and the Internet browsing with Internet Explorer 9 and Mozilla Firefox. The AMD HD 3D technology makes sure that the mobile users won’t pay attention only to photos and videos, as they are introduced to a 3D stereoscopic environment, sustained by a software and hardware open ecosystem.
As a leader in game technology for PCs, AMD focuses its efforts on providing the fastest technologies and the support needed in order to create the best game experience on a PC. When it comes to several game frames, better image quality or speed, The AMD Radeon Hd 6990 M graphic processor is ideal for notebooks intended for enthusiastic gamers, undertaking the most ambitious games DirectX 11 such as Dragon Age 2, DiRT 3 and Shogun 2.
CrossFire was first made available to the public on September 27, 2005.The system required a CrossFire-compliant motherboard with a pair of ATI Radeon PCI Express (PCIe) graphics cards. Radeon x800s, x850s, x1800s and x1900s came in a regular edition, and a ‘CrossFire Edition’ which has ‘master’ capability built into the hardware. ‘Master’ capability is a term used for 5 extra image compositing chips, which combine the output of both cards. One had to buy a Master card, and pair it with a regular card from the same series. The Master card shipped with a proprietary DVI Y-dongle, which plugged into the primary DVI ports on both cards, and into the monitor cable. This dongle serves as the main link between both cards, sending incomplete images between them, and complete images to the monitor. Low-end Radeon x1300 and x1600 cards have no ‘CrossFire Edition’ but are enabled via software, with communication forwarded via the standard PCI Express slots on the motherboard. ATI currently has not created the infrastructure to allow FireGL cards to be set up in a CrossFire configuration. The ‘slave’ graphics card needed to be from the same family as the ‘master’.
An example of a limitation in regard to a Master-card configuration would be the first-generation CrossFire implementation in the Radeon X850 XT Master Card. Because it used a compositing chip from Silicon Image (SiI 163B TMDS), the maximum resolution on an X850 CrossFire setup was limited to 1600×1200 at 60 Hz, or 1920×1440 at 52 Hz. This was considered a problem for CRT owners wishing to use CrossFire to play games at high resolutions, or owners of Widescreen LCD monitors. As many people found a 60 Hz refresh rate with a CRT to strain ones eyes, the practical resolution limit became 1280×1024, which did not push CrossFire enough to justify the cost. The next generation of CrossFire, as employed by the X1800 Master cards, used two sets of compositing chips and a custom double density dual-link DVI Y-dongle to double the bandwidth between cards, raising the maximum resolution and refresh rate to far higher levels.