After both Alienware and Eurocom have announced that the Radeon HD 6990M is available as an optional in their high-performance gaming notebooks, it's now Origin PC's time to add AMD's flagship mobile graphics card to their offer in the EON17-S and EON 15-S laptops.
Although they sport different sized screens, 15.6-inch in the EON 15-S and 17.3-inch in the EON 17-S
, both of Origin's systems share a similar feature set as they are based on Intel's Huron River platform.
This means that CPU power is provided by a second generation Intel Core processor, in Origin's
case the available options ranging from the dual-core 2.5GHz Core i5-2520 up to the quad-core Extreme Edition Core i7-2920XM.
The fast Intel processors can be accompanied by as much as 32GB of DDR3 system memory and storage is provided by either one or two (in the case of the EON 17-S) HDD or SSD drives.
The most impressive feature of these notebooks however, is their recently added support for the Radeon HD 6990M
graphics card, AMD's current flagship mobile GPU.
Just like the Radeon HD 6970M it is meant to replace, AMD's latest creation is powered by the Barts GPU, which is also used in the Radeon HD 6800-series desktop solutions.
This time, however, the Sunnyvale-based company opted for using the full implementation of Barts, also known as Barts XT, which includes 1120 stream processors, 56 texture units, 32 ROP units and a 256-bit wide memory bus.
In addition, AMD has also increased the clock speed of the GPU, from 680MHz to 715MHz, as well as the amount of video memory installed to 2GB.
All these changes deliver a theoretical performance increase of 23%, which is said to deliver a 5-20 percent speed advantage, depending on the game run.
The Radeon HD 6990M is available right now in Origin's online configurator for the EON 17-S where is listed as an $209.00 upgrade. The Origin PC EON 15-S should receive the card shortly.