While the battle in the mid-range and mainstream segments is fierce, the high-end flagship segment is always a rather cold affair. For the past three generations, we've seen dual GPU monster graphics cards sitting at the top of the pyramid each designed to fight for the 'fastest card in the world' title. As always, there is just a single card from each camp that's designed to showcase what's really possible and how far you can push video card engineering to get the ultimate experience. These cards are not for the faint hearted; power consumption takes a back seat here as the main focus is on performance and nothing else. It's no wonder that they are the proffered choice for those looking to break benchmark records.
Antilles was the codename given to AMD's current generation dual GPU graphics card and now that it's finally hit retail, it goes by the name of HD 6990. The card itself is a holy combination of two powerful Cayman GPUs so everything is doubled, shaders, ROPs and memory. This card will go head on with the soon to be released GTX 590, Nvidia's answer to Antilles. XFX was kind enough to send across its version of the card quickly and today we'll be putting it through the grind. XFX has stayed true to AMD's reference clock speeds and cooler design; all it has done is added a bit of decal on the cooler to make it its own. The card comes in an attractive box with very good packaging.
There is not 8-pin PCIE to Molex power adapter since you're expected to use a 750W PSU as the bare minimum. So, 8-pin power connectors are standard with these types of power supplies.