AMD offers first glimpse at Radeon HD 6990 boards

AMD has offered the first official glimpse at its upcoming dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 design, and judging from the photos it's an absolute beast of a board.

Designed to offer direct competition to Nvidia's own dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590, AMD's Radeon HD 6990 is a long-rumoured but as-yet-unannounced board designed to combine the company's latest GPUs into a power-hungry high-performance powerhouse.

Although AMD has released a small number of images revealing the rough scale of the upcoming board, the company has yet to confirm its specifications. The general consensus, however, is that the Radeon HD 6990 will pack a pair of Radeon HD 6970 cores with shared circuitry and power optimisations designed to prevent it from melting a hole in the side of your case.

The board is likely to ship in 2GB and 4GB variants and, for those with a power supply that can take the hit, will almost certainly support AMD's CrossFireX technology for combining two boards in a single system - theoretically allowing for a quad-GPU system with 8GB of graphics RAM.

While the shared-circuitry design will allow for power optimisations when compared to sticking a pair of stand-alone graphics cards into your system, you can expect to need a meaty power supply to get the most out of AMD's latest creation.

The company has yet to offer a clue as to when this device will launch, but rumours abound that both the Radeon HD 6990 and Nvidia's rival GeForce GTX 590 will be hitting retail channels some time next month.