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Review: PowerColor HD 7990 Devil 13

by Parm Mann on 12 September 2012, 17:00 3.5

Tags: PowerColor (6150.TWO), AMD (NYSE:AMD), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Final Thoughts and Rating

HEXUS Verdict:

...while performance is exceptional at times, there's no getting round the fact that the Devil 13 is bigger, louder, less efficient and more susceptible to driver inconsistencies than the well-engineered GeForce GTX 690

Let's try and put the Devil 13 into context. With no sign of movement on AMD's fabled Radeon HD 7990, PowerColor has taken it upon itself to give the high-flying GeForce GTX 690 some much-needed competition.

That's no small task and the Devil 13 does fulfil its ambition; it goes toe-to-toe with NVIDIA's best, and for those who wear red instead of green, it provides up-to-date dual-Radeon horsepower in a single convenient package.

We got off on the wrong foot with two broken samples, but PowerColor has identified the issue with cooler mounting and tells us that adjustments have been made to the final product to eliminate any such problems.

But getting this €1,000 graphics card to function as intended is tricky for software reasons, too. CrossFire performance in some of today's latest titles is hit-or-miss at best, and though the dual-GPU hardware is clearly capable, relying on driver support for an optimum experience remains an expensive gamble.

PowerColor's presentation is grand and the bundle is a nice touch, but while performance is exceptional at times, there's no getting round the fact that the Devil 13 is bigger, louder, less efficient and more susceptible to driver inconsistencies than the well-engineered GeForce GTX 690.

The Good

Gives GeForce GTX 690 some much-needed competition
Good bundle; includes active DP adapter
Decent overclocking potential
Keeps cool under load (if not broken)
Is very, very fast (CrossFire vagaries aside)

The Bad

Expensive, big and bulky
Erratic CrossFire performance
Takes up three full expansion slots
Can get uncomfortably loud under load
Lacks PowerTune with Boost Technology

HEXUS Rating


PowerColor HD 7990 Devil 13

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PowerColor HD 7990 Devil 13

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That's one hell of a card.
That card is huge o.O thought my 6970 was quite big
Good performance on big resolutions,but just little bit to expensive! :D
Devil !!!!!
Six slots to Crossfire this thing? For an enthusiast card, you'd think they would tackle that better. The cooling issues, power consumption and noise are worrying too. Many other custom PCB handle these issues better.

And for games like Crysis 2 - Wow! Talk about under performing. I'm getting just under 50FPS @1080P with just one (£200) HD 7850. Do PowerColor know what they're doing with this €1,000 price point?

That €800 is only buying 520 extra vertical pixel lines in Crysis 2!