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The dual chip AMD Radeon HD 7990 has officially launched. The biggest, baddest, most curb-stomping graphics gaming card to date carries a massive $1,000 price tag but it comes with eight HD games so you can test out those 4K resolutions across six monitors like a boss.
Venture Beat's Dean Takahasi has a nice write-up of AMD's latest GPU that has been making waves across the news wires since mid April. The card's specs were leaked ahead of release, where the internet was wowed by the card's 8.2 teraflops of musclebound processing power and 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, along with 8.6 billion transistors, basically making it the 1975 version of Arnold Schwarzenegger if it were a body builder or a 1991 version of Schwarzenegger, if it were an action star. That would effectively make Nvidia's vanilla Titan Lou Ferrigno and Sylvester Stallone, respectively.
And while the card is currently available at the high-end entry price of $1,000 cool U.S. Dollars, the card originally made mouths gap and sphincters tighten when it was announced that an engineering sample of the AMD Radeon HD 7990 Malta sold on eBay for $96,100. Some believe that the whole event was a publicity stunt by AMD just to churn up some hot ticket media coverage, and if it that was the case then it worked.
Nevertheless, those of you not buying the card on eBay will be able to somewhat justify the price with eight free games, including BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, and Deus Ex Human Revolution.
I don't think Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a good showcase of graphical prowess. It wasn't a very visually demanding game and the original Metro 2033 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. probably would have been a better fit, but the whole licensing thing involved with both brands probably prevented them from being included with the bundle.
Even still, if you think the price isn't justified, just note that the 7990 Malta out-rocked the Nvidia Titan by a performance margin of nearly 30%. So just think about it: same price, but a 30% boost in performance and you get eight games for free. $1,000 might seem like a lot but comparing the Malta to the Titan, you can easily see which one gives you the better bang for your buck.