AMD has hit back at Nvidia with the release of the Radeon HD 6990M GPU, which it claims is the world’s fastest mobile GPU.
Only a couple of weeks ago, Nvidia announced what it called the “world’s fastest notebook GPU” in the form of the GeForce GTX 580M with up to 384 CUDA cores and up to 2GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory. AMD however have now claimed it has gone one better with the 6990M, a mobile equivalent of the company's high-end Radeon HD 6990 PCI Express graphics card design
Claiming it is 25 percent faster than any other announced “notebook enthusiast GPU”, AMD’s latest release supports DirectX11, HD3D and a full implementation of AMD's Eyefinity technology which will allow for six independent displays to be supported at one time. The 6990M replaces the Radeon HD 6970M, though this older model will continue to be made available. In the 6990M, CrossFireX is also supported, allowing two Radeon HD 6990 chips to be combined into a single dual-GPU beast – though this should ensure your battery life is reduced to a couple of minutes.Eurocom will be one of the companies making this a reality with president Mark Bialic saying: "Our customers can expect record breaking gaming with unmatched realism and blistering speeds in all Eurocom systems powered by AMD Radeon HD 6990M, in both single and AMD CrossFireX configurations." Alienware will also be offering two AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphics processors in its flagship M18x laptop.
Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU division, AMD said: "The AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU, which not only packs AMD Eyefinity technology with unprecedented specs, also provides full Microsoft DirectX 11 and Stereo 3D support. Bottom line, this processor is epic and it's here - now."
With the battle for mobile GPU supremacy really heating up now, it will be interesting to see what Nvidia will be able to squeeze out of its Fermi architecture to try and claim its title back.