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AMD's Radeon HD 6990 is in our lab

AMD's Radeon HD 6990 is in our lab

AMD's Radeon HD 6990 has five display outputs, and supports 5 x 1 Eyefinity configurations.

What's this colossal piece of computing kit that's just turned up? Why, it appears to be AMD's new Radeon HD 6990. At least, that's what it says in big letters on the front of the card.

We can only speculate (actually we know; we just can't tell you yet), but it looks as though AMD's new top-end monster graphics card is getting achingly close to its launch date. So much so, in fact, that our review sample has already landed, ready to be thrashed in our test systems.

As we reported in January, the Radeon HD 6990 has a total of five display outputs - one DVI port and four mini-DisplayPort outputs, and the cooler design looks very similar to the prototype we saw at the beginning of the year too.

The rear panel looks very different to the Radeon HD 6970's backplate, though. For example, the rear vent stretches all the way along the panel, whereas the Radeon HD 6970's vent only runs half way down the backplate before making way for a DVI port. This makes sense, given that the card is rumoured to have two GPUs to cool.

With all these connectors, it doesn't take a massive brain to work out that the graphics card will be able to drive five monitors, and support Eyefinity in 5x1 configurations too. AMD has also told us that EA's Dragon Age II will fully support both HD3D and Eyefinity 5x1 configurations in portrait mode.

AMD's Radeon HD 6990 is in our lab *AMD Radeon HD 6990 pictured
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AMD's Radeon HD 6990 is in our lab *AMD Radeon HD 6990 pictured
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The Radeon HD 6990 certainly looks like a powerful piece of kit. Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for our full review.

Are you eagerly waiting for the Radeon HD 6990 to hit the shelves? Are you planning on investing in an Eyefinity setup in 2011? Let us know in the forums.

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EvilRusk 28th February 2011, 16:58 Quote
I'm not sure that card would even fit through my front door, never mind in my PC if it's as big as it looks.
Mankz 28th February 2011, 17:00 Quote
That a tad...well... HUGE.
wuyanxu 28th February 2011, 17:01 Quote
5x1 monitor configuration, that is absolutely crazy.
Phalanx 28th February 2011, 17:02 Quote
Why do I get the feeling this is going to be a bit of a let down?
chrismarkham1982 28th February 2011, 17:02 Quote
any chance of this fitting in my case
do_it_anyway 28th February 2011, 17:03 Quote
I heard that it can actually run 6 monitors. Because the DVI is dual, it can be split with an adaptor to run 2 screens
maxter43 28th February 2011, 17:04 Quote
Are you sure it's portrait? By the screenshot (and common sense) it should be landscape, right?
andrew8200m 28th February 2011, 17:04 Quote
Looks like it could be rather fun :D
Prophet 28th February 2011, 17:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by maxter43
Are you sure it's portrait? By the screenshot (and common sense) it should be landscape, right?

5 portrait screens making 1 long landscape?
thelaw 28th February 2011, 17:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
Why do I get the feeling this is going to be a bit of a let down?

Because it is a AMD product?:D
Combatus 28th February 2011, 17:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by maxter43
Are you sure it's portrait? By the screenshot (and common sense) it should be landscape, right?

Original screenshot size was 5,400 x 1,920 pixels (5x 1,080 = 5,400). If it was landscape the resolution would be 9,600 (5 x 1,920) x 1,080
Combatus 28th February 2011, 17:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prophet
Quote:
Originally Posted by maxter43
Are you sure it's portrait? By the screenshot (and common sense) it should be landscape, right?

5 portrait screens making 1 long landscape?

Correct!
leveller 28th February 2011, 17:10 Quote
Officially excited. Would love to know when you get the 590 as well because I need to decide between them!

Would love to know how this compares to 2x 6970's ...

;)
Blarte 28th February 2011, 17:11 Quote
they just need to make affordable border free monitors
.//TuNdRa 28th February 2011, 17:18 Quote
Holy sh-

I'm surprised AMD didn't do the same trick Asus did with the GTX 580 DirectCU and slap a 3 slot cooler on there to mess with your perspective of the thing.
Parge 28th February 2011, 17:22 Quote
Are you allowed to tell us its length or is that under NDA..... speaking of which, when is that lifted?
Combatus 28th February 2011, 17:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parge
Are you allowed to tell us its length or is that under NDA..... speaking of which, when is that lifted?

No and yes and we can't tell you ;)
Pete J 28th February 2011, 17:35 Quote
Nice!

It's a shame ATI/AMD don't use a reference cooler that plays nice with multi GPU set ups - speaking of which, I've noticed you crafty devils haven't taken any shots which let us know if it's Crossfire capable (or what power plugs it needs)!
Guinevere 28th February 2011, 17:42 Quote
I love how pointless that screen shot example looks. The centre screen has all the important action on it, the other four screens are there to push up the electricity bill.

Not the best shot for making me want another four 24" monitors on my desk. I think I'll stick to one screen for gaming.
Mankz 28th February 2011, 17:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete J
I've noticed you crafty devils haven't taken any shots which let us know if it's Crossfire capable (or what power plugs it needs)!

MY guess is going to be probably 8+6 pin minimum or dual 8's

And two card crossfire minimum, probably quad-fire.

I could well be wrong though
Phalanx 28th February 2011, 17:46 Quote
I want companies to go one step further. Rather than spreading an image across 5 monitors, I want to be able to load up a map on one screen, inventory on another, leadboards on another, then maybe my desktop on a fourth and finally a screen with the game itself on.

Is that too much to ask? Stop making **** systems like this with 5 or 6 monitors that simply stretch the screen out further. Noone needs it, and judging by the uptake, the vast majority don't want it. Do something useful with the technology; work with software developers to make USE of those extra monitors.
WildThing 28th February 2011, 17:48 Quote
Hmm not sure about the fan being in the middle. Does that mean it will have a GPU either side of the fan? Heat from 1 GPU going back into case, heat from second GPU being exhausted? Either way I'm eager to find out bit-tech's results!
wuyanxu 28th February 2011, 17:49 Quote
Like world in conflict or supreme commander 's use of multiple monitors.

At least AMD have got their card out for review. Nvidia hasn't released anything at all. I thought they were releasing at around the same time.
Mankz 28th February 2011, 17:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by WildThing
Hmm not sure about the fan being in the middle. Does that mean it will have a GPU either side of the fan? Heat from 1 GPU going back into case, heat from second GPU being exhausted? Either way I'm eager to find out bit-tech's results!

the 295 Single PCB had the same fan config ;)
steve30x 28th February 2011, 17:53 Quote
It looks like you will need a very big computer case to fit that GPU into. It should fit my 800D without any problems , but I have a GTX580 already ordered and dont plan on changing the GTX580 for a few years.
iworld 28th February 2011, 17:53 Quote
We will have to wait and see how well it is against the GTX 580 - AMD has to retake the crown!

What are the dimmensions?
Phalanx 28th February 2011, 17:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by iworld
AMD has to retake the crown!

They might take it, but why do you think nVidia are holding back their dual-GPU offering? To make sure they smash this one out the park.
leveller 28th February 2011, 18:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
I want companies to go one step further. Rather than spreading an image across 5 monitors, I want to be able to load up a map on one screen, inventory on another, leadboards on another, then maybe my desktop on a fourth and finally a screen with the game itself on.

Is that too much to ask? Stop making **** systems like this with 5 or 6 monitors that simply stretch the screen out further. Noone needs it, and judging by the uptake, the vast majority don't want it. Do something useful with the technology; work with software developers to make USE of those extra monitors.

Agreed.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
They might take it, but why do you think nVidia are holding back their dual-GPU offering? To make sure they smash this one out the park.

I was thinking about this at the weekend. No matter whether your card is better, the same or inferior, you push it out as soon as possible to grab those early adopters. You do not delay a cards release though, you lose out. I imagine Nvidia's card is just not ready yet.
murraynt 28th February 2011, 19:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
They might take it, but why do you think nVidia are holding back their dual-GPU offering? To make sure they smash this one out the park.

That's what I'm thinking. After this AMD will have nothing other than speed bumps and versions with x's and z's after it.
Unknownsock 28th February 2011, 19:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
I want companies to go one step further. Rather than spreading an image across 5 monitors, I want to be able to load up a map on one screen, inventory on another, leadboards on another, then maybe my desktop on a fourth and finally a screen with the game itself on.

Is that too much to ask? Stop making **** systems like this with 5 or 6 monitors that simply stretch the screen out further. Noone needs it, and judging by the uptake, the vast majority don't want it. Do something useful with the technology; work with software developers to make USE of those extra monitors.

Actually there is a big user base out there, and always has been, people seem to forget multi monitor systems have been out for a long time.
And theres barely any true PC games out there nowadays and you want something that sophisticated, and as quoted by you, the vast majority don't want even the basic multi-monitor support.

Tbh all this multi-monitor whine is just tiresome, i guarantee almost every person who actually had a chance to play one would, walk away wanting one.
j_jay4 28th February 2011, 19:20 Quote
The HD 6990 is "rumoured" to have two GPUs to cool lmao
thelaw 28th February 2011, 19:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Combatus
No and yes and we can't tell you ;)

re size and nda -Hmm what about a photo of it next too a standard sized object say a sheet of a4 paper or are photos against NDA?
frontline 28th February 2011, 19:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
I want companies to go one step further. Rather than spreading an image across 5 monitors, I want to be able to load up a map on one screen, inventory on another, leadboards on another, then maybe my desktop on a fourth and finally a screen with the game itself on.

Is that too much to ask? Stop making **** systems like this with 5 or 6 monitors that simply stretch the screen out further. Noone needs it, and judging by the uptake, the vast majority don't want it. Do something useful with the technology; work with software developers to make USE of those extra monitors.

Personally, i think that Eyefinity is far more desirable than some 3D gubbins that make you sit in front of a screen for hours to pick up a blinding headache. You don't have to use every screen in eyefinity mode either, you can do various cloned or extended combinations.

As for the card itself, i suspect it will be complete overkill and out of the price range of most, however will probably regain the 'single card' crown, at least until we see Nvidia's much touted offering.
Pete J 28th February 2011, 19:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz
MY guess is going to be probably 8+6 pin minimum or dual 8's

And two card crossfire minimum, probably quad-fire.
Sounds sensible to me!
bogie170 28th February 2011, 19:44 Quote
Any idea on the price of it?
leveller 28th February 2011, 19:53 Quote
Nvidia's 590 rumoured to be at PAX East 2011?

Which is in 10 days, 19 hours, and 6 minutes ... according to their site.
DarkFear 28th February 2011, 20:03 Quote
I borrowed 3 AOC 619FH monitors from the office for two weeks a couple of months ago during my vacation to see what the multi monitor fuss was about...

While it was cool for about 3 days, the fish eye lens effect just annoyed the crap out of me. Some games looked fine but the majority of them just looked wrong. Granted most games aren't designed to run on 3 screens but some of the newer ones probably are. Maybe I just don't "get" the whole multi monitor thing though...

That being said, it still looks like a beast of a card though. I'm considering getting rid of the GTX260 SLI so I might go with one of these instead. Although as always I'll wait for some actual reviews etc first :p
frontline 28th February 2011, 20:09 Quote
Some more shots and a teaser video from Sapphire here : http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=29285
KidMod-Southpaw 28th February 2011, 20:23 Quote
Nobody needs a five monitor setup, I also can't see a dual GPU card being kept cool with a singe very small blower fan in the middle.
l3v1ck 28th February 2011, 20:34 Quote
Quote:
Are you eagerly waiting for the Radeon HD 6990 to hit the shelves?
Nope. I couldn't care less about multi GPU cards. I can't be doing with driver support issues in games.
I just want a single GPU that works well first time, every time.
Ficky Pucker 28th February 2011, 20:38 Quote
http://i.imgur.com/kIhBI.jpg

looks like the motherboard is the Gigabyte X58A-OC (263.5 x 304.8mm) so the card must 30cm +/- long.
crayfish 28th February 2011, 21:53 Quote
Balls to this. WHere is the 5770 successor?
sb1991 28th February 2011, 22:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by thelaw
re size and nda -Hmm what about a photo of it next too a standard sized object say a sheet of a4 paper or are photos against NDA?

The PCI-e connector is presumably a standard length, so you could always compare the length of that with the length of the card. I doubt the card is any longer than a 5970, in any case.
Gradius 28th February 2011, 22:06 Quote
Not a GPU, more like a TANK!

Cannot wait to see the bench results.
Synalar 28th February 2011, 22:24 Quote
The test card has real luck-Bindibandgi is not there to dismantle it as he did with some other top offerings (Asus MARS,...)
DwarfKiller 28th February 2011, 23:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Synalar
The test card has real luck-Bindibandgi is not there to dismantle it as he did with some other top offerings (Asus MARS,...)

Shame, was looking forward to Bindi's destruction streak.
thehippoz 28th February 2011, 23:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ficky Pucker
http://i.imgur.com/kIhBI.jpg

looks like the motherboard is the Gigabyte X58A-OC (263.5 x 304.8mm) so the card must 30cm +/- long.

doing a rough estimate on that pic

nm measuring the wrong end xD say 29.6cm, 11.67075" yeah 30 seems to fit
phinix 28th February 2011, 23:32 Quote
30cm I say...
Sloth 28th February 2011, 23:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
I want companies to go one step further. Rather than spreading an image across 5 monitors, I want to be able to load up a map on one screen, inventory on another, leadboards on another, then maybe my desktop on a fourth and finally a screen with the game itself on.

Is that too much to ask? Stop making **** systems like this with 5 or 6 monitors that simply stretch the screen out further. Noone needs it, and judging by the uptake, the vast majority don't want it. Do something useful with the technology; work with software developers to make USE of those extra monitors.
Your complaint will have to be mostly with the game developers on that one. Both green and red teams have support out for multiple monitors, just plug and play up the maximum supported by your card(s) for the most part. The game developer just has to make the game take advantage of those extra displays. As already mentioned, there are already games that use multiple monitors and they don't require any special hardware functions.

There's just no incentives for developers to add such support. Very few gamers use 2 monitors, let alone 3+. You see Eyefinity because it's all AMD: they can stretch any game whether the developer has added support or not, you just might get HUDs and such split. Supporting it just means allowing for movable HUD elements.
paisa666 28th February 2011, 23:43 Quote
hmmm, I moded my case to fit any card they throw, but damn this thing looks huuuge!!!!... AMD surely will take the lead again with this
red4our 1st March 2011, 00:13 Quote
From the image, it looks like 2 x 8-Pin connectors. Looks like I'd have to swap my CM690 for a suitcase to fit this card. :D
Supersnake 1st March 2011, 01:43 Quote
When the card can power an IMAX theater in my living room I might consider it.
jprykov 1st March 2011, 02:56 Quote
when quad gpu mobos were released, the problem is where to look for a case that could fit those mobos. the problem now is what case will it fit on that card. i dont know if my case now (xaser vi) could fit that big ass card!
Skiddywinks 1st March 2011, 02:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by crayfish
Balls to this. WHere is the 5770 successor?

It's called the 6870.
Star*Dagger 1st March 2011, 04:02 Quote
Finally I can retire the 4870x2!!!

3 monitors is now the standard for PC Gamers!
Pete J 1st March 2011, 04:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
3 monitors is now the standard for PC Gamers!

:? Err, really?
Siwini 1st March 2011, 04:58 Quote
How much is it? Anyone???
Ficky Pucker 1st March 2011, 07:31 Quote
urobulos 1st March 2011, 08:14 Quote
Bleh. I am not a fan of multi monitor setups. Had a chance to see one in action for about 15 minutes and there is no way I can feel immersed by a game on separate screens. And to be honest, anything above a GTX 570 is overkill for modern games even for the rich among us who can afford 30" screens. Sure this card will be faster, but who cares if you are getting 80 instead of 60 fps at max details. What makes me a bit sad is how hardware manufacturers have to push gimmicks like Eyefinity in order to justify those uber cards. Let's face it, vast majority of PC titles do not push the ultra high end cards at all so the only way to justify them is to artificialy increase the resolution you are playing at. Can't get excited about these until we get games that actually take advantage of that extra oomph on a single screen. That or 4k displays/projectors. :)
urobulos 1st March 2011, 08:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Finally I can retire the 4870x2!!!

3 monitors is now the standard for PC Gamers!

I think even on bit tech it is rare to see people with multi monitor setups. And it's a PC enthusiast site. Multi-monitor gaming is a gimmick. Hell... compared to multi-monitor gaming setups 3D gaming looks like a common, casual user technology. Outside of professional use the adoption of Eyefinity is probably within the range of statistical error.

Man I just want the PS4/Xbox whatever out ASAP with something at least as fast as a 580 inside. If most games are made with a 7900 equivalent in mind no wonder the only way to push high end hardware is to force higher res or just throw AA at it until anything chokes. Soon we will probably see 64 or 128AA enabled just so people can say that they need a 500£ card to run the game at max details. Forgetting the fact that it is still the same old console optimised engine and the game looks exactly the same at 16AA or 64. Anyway, rant mode off.
leveller 1st March 2011, 08:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ficky Pucker
http://imgur.com/a/kPY07

Interesting, in those charts AMD have Crysis running at 35fps @ 7680x1600, I wonder what fps I will get from my 2560x1600 monitor ...

Love the way AMD says Load Board Power is <375W ... like it isn't really a hotty, probably runs at 374 then :)
Xir 1st March 2011, 09:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Nope. I couldn't care less about multi GPU cards. I can't be doing with driver support issues in games.
I just want a single GPU that works well first time, every time.
+1
Dual GPU, Smual GPU, get out a fast single core. :D

I also don't get the "Eyefinity" hype.
I'd understand it if rimless monitors were common. But they're not even available.
And then I'd understand a 3x2 solution, not a 5x1.
Common monitors standing on end tend to have really bad viewing angles :|
Turbotab 1st March 2011, 10:10 Quote
Dear Bit-tech,

I have just moved into a lovely new apartment, sea views, plentiful shoals of salmon. I therefore ask that you desist from testing this monstrosity, as I don't want my home floating out to sea. This happened to my cousin Herbert, who ended up in Newcastle, oh the humanity.

Yours sincerely

A Polar Bear
Niftyrat 1st March 2011, 11:04 Quote
Sorry really don't care about multiple monitor setups that just give a bigger image I like most geeks (I imagine) sit about 2 feet from my 24" screen any charger and man would I have a headache!

I want a card that can play arma 2 on full settings at 1920 x 1080 at 60fps please.
fingerbob69 1st March 2011, 12:12 Quote
8 pin x 2 (powertuned down to keep tdp under 300w)

8th March release.
Hakuren 1st March 2011, 15:53 Quote
Nah... is not that big.

With 24" long case there is plenty of space for even longer card. :D

Drolling heavily about 6990 or GTX590. Couldn't care less about Eye-whatever. Best deal (for me) is that there is no need to waste 2 slots for a SLI/CF. Bring them on. Need to spend some money....
Fizzban 1st March 2011, 16:05 Quote
A mandingo of a card..:)
Goty 1st March 2011, 16:09 Quote
*EDIT* I'm a moron.
GiantKiwi 1st March 2011, 16:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jprykov
when quad gpu mobos were released, the problem is where to look for a case that could fit those mobos. the problem now is what case will it fit on that card. i dont know if my case now (xaser vi) could fit that big ass card!

If that 6990 on the X58A OC is true size, then i could quite easily fit the 6990 in my CM Stacker 832SE with about an inch distance from the drive bays so i dont think your xaser will have any problems ;)
Aracos 1st March 2011, 20:56 Quote
Quote:
This makes sense, given that the card is rumoured to have two GPUs to cool.

Why even say that, surely that information isn't under NDA if Anandtech have a picture of the PCB? http://www.anandtech.com/show/4200/amd-teases-radeon-hd-6990
Sloth 1st March 2011, 21:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by storm20200
Why even say that, surely that information isn't under NDA if Anandtech have a picture of the PCB? http://www.anandtech.com/show/4200/amd-teases-radeon-hd-6990
Who knows. Maybe they have a different NDA than Anand? Or perhaps the Engadget was written up before Anand's by a bit, both were published today.
Combatus 1st March 2011, 22:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by storm20200
Quote:
This makes sense, given that the card is rumoured to have two GPUs to cool.

Why even say that, surely that information isn't under NDA if Anandtech have a picture of the PCB? http://www.anandtech.com/show/4200/amd-teases-radeon-hd-6990

We weren't forwarded the PCB image by AMD, only the external shots. Either Anandtech was given something we weren't, has published an image they've dug up from somewhere which may or may not be the final PCB, or they're breaking the NDA.
Zeus-Nolan 1st March 2011, 22:50 Quote
2x 8 pin :O, but i would rather have that than 2 69** series GPUs in my pc tbh
frontline 1st March 2011, 23:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeus-Nolan
2x 8 pin :O, but i would rather have that than 2 69** series GPUs in my pc tbh

True, if the scaling of the 6xxx series is continued into the 6990 and it offers most of the perfomance of 2 x 6970's whilst taking up one pcie slot, then it might be an attractive option. Price is the main factor though, as well as fan noise and thermals.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 2nd March 2011, 00:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
I want companies to go one step further. Rather than spreading an image across 5 monitors, I want to be able to load up a map on one screen, inventory on another, leadboards on another, then maybe my desktop on a fourth and finally a screen with the game itself on.

Is that too much to ask? Stop making **** systems like this with 5 or 6 monitors that simply stretch the screen out further. Noone needs it, and judging by the uptake, the vast majority don't want it. Do something useful with the technology; work with software developers to make USE of those extra monitors.

a lot of games do have peripheral vision which can only be seen in multi monitor set ups like flight simulators, racers, and FPS. RTS also take advantage of multiple monitors by showing more map. There is a way to mod the output to which and what monitors through 3rd party software the GPU configuration or the games console.

I play STALKER or ARMA II on one monitor, my inventory is always open on another monitor, while a third monitor has video skype going and the internet or whatever.
frontline 5th March 2011, 13:29 Quote
Hardocp look like they are stretching the NDA a bit :) http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/26/amd_radeon_hd_6990_antilles_sneek_peek
leveller 5th March 2011, 14:37 Quote
BT I hope you'll be showing results for 2560x1600 versus an eye-finity setup, I want to know what the extra hit is for running the extreme res on 3 monitors.
Quote:
Originally Posted by frontline
Hardocp look like they are stretching the NDA a bit :) http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/26/amd_radeon_hd_6990_antilles_sneek_peek

lol good on them for attempting a preview. It looked like they were desperate to reveal results, and very happy by the look of it. ;)
russells 15th March 2011, 18:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Nope. I couldn't care less about multi GPU cards. I can't be doing with driver support issues in games.
I just want a single GPU that works well first time, every time.

Not quite sure what games you have been playing? I have owned 9800GX2 since a week or so of it being released and play games within the first month or so of them being released. I never have had these issues that you guys find so hard and terrible. Other websites seems to find good gains from multi GPU card.

http://img.hexus.net/v2/graphics_cards/amd/Raba/HD9157/graph-12.jpg

Not sure what you're doing, or not doing really.
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