Originally Posted by Kane2207 The 7990 didn't sell because I could buy two 7970s for two thirds of the price, have better performance and higher clocks, it's that simple
Also - waiting for a driver again? That's just the joke that never gets old....
it's not that simple. in fact, the same can be said of the gtx690 and 670 SLI. the 690 didn't exactly break sales records itself, but the real reason it was a bigger success than the 7990 is that it's a better product in the ways that matter most. as a dual gpu card it's the best one ever made from a purely physical standpoint. I personally always thought it was a joke to pay that much for 256 bit/2GB vram, but the card offers nearly double gtx680 performance, better power efficiency than 680 SLI, of course lower space requirement and a much quieter, much better cooling solution. the 7990 didn't do all of these things perfectly or to a satisfactory extent when compared with 7950/7970cf. it's just large, loud, has an ugly, plastic shroud and the drivers as well. it was fail execution on a bunch of levels. the singular drawback to the gtx690 is it's price (and if you wanna get picky like me, 2GB vram) while the 7990 is full of drawbacks. at $800 plus it doesn't matter what is a little cheaper or if a card comes with 8 games, the product has to be polished and that was AMD failure this generation with not just the 7990, but a bunch of things.