Radeon HD 6990 prices made public

The first hints as to how much AMD's new dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 graphics board will set you back have started to appear - and if you're on a budget, you might want to stop reading now.

The guys over at Hexus have handily compiled a list of launch-priced boards from a variety of manufacturers - including Sapphire, XFX, and PowerColor - and retailers - Scan, Ebuyer, Novatech, and Overclockers.co.uk - to ascertain just how much it will cost to get the extreme performance AMD has promised from its latest creation.

While prices are, as you might expect, variable, the consensus seems to be that the dual-GPU behemoth will set buyers back around £550 including VAT - an impressively high premium over Nvidia's single-GPU flagship card, the GeForce GTX 580, which currently costs around £350.

The high pricing means that those who want to take advantage of the Radeon HD 6990's CrossFireX connector to run two boards in a single system - which will give them four Cayman GPUs and a massive 8GB of GDDR5 graphics memory - will have to pay £1100 for the privilege.

There's no denying that AMD's latest graphics board design is impressively powerful and packs some amazing features - but the pricing could be its downfall. With Nvidia expected to launch its own dual-GPU design, the GeForce GTX 590, in the very near future, it's likely that the Radeon HD 6990 won't stay above £500 for long.