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The biggest, baddest, most powerful video card ever has been sold on eBay. The engineering sample of the card was let loose by eBay user wowbagger1234. He initially started selling the device for $30,000 but that price was curb-stomped by a lot of big eBay players who brought the final bid to a massive $96,100.
The user who won the card on eBay originally bid $40,000 even on the card, but was quickly outbid by about a dozen other users. Finally, the winner retracted his original bid and then clocked it up a notch to $96,100. Impressive.
Of course, some wise to the works of eBay might imagine this is a troll bid, but given the voracious veracity of voting from the verve-induced tech community, I would imagine that the bid is legit, especially after the user retracted his original bid in order to beat out some very stiff competition.
But the real question is: why is this video card worth so much?
The Radeon HD 7990 Malta is due out this week but it's not just any kind of dual-GPU setup stocked into a plastic case with a few fans and some mean die. The card boasts a massive starting clock speed of 1ghz, a 576 gigabytes per second memory bandwidth, 8.2 Teraflops and 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The specs alone pimp-slap any and every commercial graphics processing solution currently on the market, including Nvidia's Titan.
What's more is that WCCF Tech ran a benchmark comparison between the Titan and the Malta, and the stats show that the Malta royally kicked the living silicon out of the Titan like Anderson Silva beating Chael Sonnen's butt and handing it back to him on a platinum platter.
In some cases there was nearly a 30% greater power boost on display from the Malta over the Titan. Can you believe that? AMD stomps on Nvidia at a near 30% discrepancy in performance. They should print that on the box.
If you're looking for a card that brings games like Metro: Last Light down to its knees, you cannot go wrong with the Radeon HD 7990 Malta.