AMD's New Zealand card spec released

The spec of the AMD Radeon HD 7990, codenamed “New Zealand”, has surfaced. 

The reference design has been posted along with a GPU-Z screen cap of the graphics card’s spec over at TechPowerUp.

We are not quite sure what is particularly Kiwi about the Radeon HD 7990 other than the fact it has a blower-style cooler which blows air down on to the two seperate heatsinks. Anyone who has lived in New Zealand knows that the weather blows hot and cold and it is possible to have four seasons in one day.

In a challenge to geography students, the New Zealand card will sport 2x “Tahiti XT” GPUs clocked at 1 GHz.

The HD 7990 is also a bit big to be New Zealand – it has 4096 stream processors clocked at 1 GHz, and 6GB of GDDR5 memory (3GB per GPU) clocked at 1250 MHz.  New Zealand is about as close to Tahiti as London is to New York.

The card will be powered by two 8-pin PCIe power connectors and comes with one DL-DVI and four mini-DP output connectors. The AMD Radeon HD 7990 6GB will launch April 17th at US $849.

Of course if it really wanted to be a New Zealand card, one of the GPUs would handle the power for the entire card but would be vulnerable to shaking, while the other GPU would be a bit warmer and have a beehive structure which appears to control the whole board. In fact there should be large control structure to the North of the board which really runs it. There should also be more RAM than there are MHz cycles.