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Radeon HD 7990 versus GeForce GTX TITAN Review

We follow-up with a look at how the $999 GeForce GTX TITAN compares to the new $999 AMD Radeon HD 7990 video card. What makes this is unique is that the GeForce GTX TITAN is a single-GPU running three displays in NV Surround compared to the same priced dual-GPU CrossFire on a card Radeon HD 7990 in Eyefinity.


On April 24th, 2013 AMD released the AMD Radeon HD 7990. We provided a full evaluation of the AMD Radeon HD 7990 compared to the GeForce GTX 680 SLI and Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition CrossFire. Our conclusions for this dual-7970 GPU on a single printed circuit board video card boiled down to the fact that it couldn't hold its own performance-wise to the lesser expensive Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition CrossFire option. The AMD Radeon HD 7990 retails for $999, yet you can get two separate Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition CrossFire video cards for less money that provide more performance in games, and an overall better experience.

We looked at a full evaluation compared to the lesser expensive Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition CrossFire (which the HD 7990 is based off of basically), and the GeForce GTX 680 SLI. We did not have time to evaluate the Radeon HD 7990 against other comparatively priced $999 video cards. The GeForce GTX 690 is perfectly priced at $999, however, GeForce GTX 680 SLI (both of which we evaluated already) also perfectly matches GeForce GTX 690 performance in games. Therefore, we don't need to include the GTX 690, it is redundant data, all you have to do is look toward GeForce GTX 680 SLI to see what the performance of GTX 690 would be.

The only other product left at $999 is in fact GeForce GTX TITAN. We've evaluated TITAN fully in single-GPU performance, 2-way SLI performance and even 3-way SLI performance. However, one comparison we have not done with GeForce GTX TITAN yet is to look at its performance running three displays in NV Surround at 5760x1200.

We sometimes forget that NVIDIA's video cards of this generation are capable of running three displays from one video card. Normally we opt for SLI in this case, as we need the performance for three displays at 5760x1200. However, GeForce GTX TITAN is a unique video card. It is packed with the fastest GPU to date in a single-GPU format. If any single-GPU video card is going to give us the best NV Surround experience, it is going to be GeForce GTX TITAN. Since one GeForce GTX TITAN is $999, it also makes it a 'perfectly priced video card comparison' to AMD Radeon HD 7990 at $999.

Today, we are going to take one GeForce GTX TITAN and add its performance into our already evaluated comparisons from the HD 7990 launch review and see how AMD Radeon HD 7990 compares to one GeForce GTX TITAN running three displays at 5760x1200. Remember, Radeon HD 7990 is running two 7970 GPUs in CrossFire, and our GeForce GTX TITAN is just one single-GPU, but both video cards will set you back exactly $999.

Test Setup

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We are using the latest ForceWare 320.00 driver for the TITAN, and all other NVIDIA GPU based video cards.

We are using Catalyst 13.5 Beta2 for AMD Radeon HD 7990 and 7970 GHz Edition CrossFire.