AMD Radeon HD 7950 is out, more affordable cards coming in Q1

By on January 31, 2012, 10:44 AM

As expected, AMD today officially announced worldwide availability of the Radeon HD 7950 graphics card for desktops. The card is based on the Pro derivative of the 28nm 'Tahiti' core that debuted with the HD 7970 just a few weeks ago as part of the "Southern Islands" range and arrives as a slightly cut-down more affordable alternative to the latter, bearing less stream processors less as well as a lower GPU clock and memory.

Specifically, the Radeon HD 7950 comes equipped with 28 Compute Units, each playing host to four Vector Units containing 16 stream processors apiece for a total of 1792 -- versus 32 CU and 2048 SP on the HD 7970. The card's core clock runs at 800MHz, down from 925MHz on its higher-end sibling, while its 3GB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1,250MHz (5GHz QDDR) but maintains the same same 384-bit memory interface.

So far the reviews have been mostly positive for the Radeon HD 7950, which matches or outclasses Nvidia's single-GPU flagship, the GeForce GTX 580, in most modern games. It also runs cooler and is much more power friendlier than its Nvidia counterpart while still undercutting it by a few dollars at $450. Currently, the cheapest GeForce GTX 580 on Newegg.com is offered by PNY and goes for $470.

A number of more affordable HD 7xx0 cards will be coming later in the first quarter of this year.

According to a recently leaked roadmap, HD 7750 and HD 7770 cards will be available on February 15, reportedly priced at $139 and $149 respectively. They are said to come with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, a 900MHz core frequency, and 832/896 stream processors as well as 52/56 texture units each.

This will be followed in March with the release of performance HD 7850 and HD 7870 GPUs, both featuring 2GB of RAM as well as 1280 and 1408 stream processors respectively. These cards will purportedly occupy the attractive $200-$300 price slot at $249 for the 7850 and $299 for the 7870.




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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Meh, Give it 3 months and Nvidia got theirs out i'm sure this will drop considerably in price from what I read, it is an absolute beast overclocking and even BIOS flashing it to a 7970 seems to increase performance.

Guest said:

Great performance, big price :(

I think I will "suffer" a little more with my 5870 running almost everthing maxed out at 60 fps. It would be great to see all your games running insanely smooth with a 7950 all the time, but, to much money right now.

princeton princeton said:

burty117 said:

Meh, Give it 3 months and Nvidia got theirs out i'm sure this will drop considerably in price from what I read, it is an absolute beast overclocking and even BIOS flashing it to a 7970 seems to increase performance.

The BIOS flash just changes the clocks, it doesn't unlock any shaders or anything. Wouldn't it be better to just overclock and not have any risks of bricking the card?

herpaderp said:

HD 7750 and HD 7770 cards....896/832 stream processors as well as 56/52 texture units each.

I believe the order they were listed in is actually the other way around.

venomblade said:

Looks good. Beats a 3gb 580 for a lower price. Hopefully Nvidia will drop the 580's prices then.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

i'll be in the market for a HD7970 when the prices fall this summer... these things are just too expensive right now!

Chazz said:

I'll also be in the market this year for a GPU..or two. I wanna see what Nvidia has to offer. I game at 2560x1600 and for some odd reason AMD has been doing very well at super high resolutions. We'll see how this round goes.

darkzelda said:

This is the card I'm getting hopefully very soon.

AmpFeare said:

Princeton said:

burty117 said:

Meh, Give it 3 months and Nvidia got theirs out i'm sure this will drop considerably in price from what I read, it is an absolute beast overclocking and even BIOS flashing it to a 7970 seems to increase performance.

The BIOS flash just changes the clocks, it doesn't unlock any shaders or anything. Wouldn't it be better to just overclock and not have any risks of bricking the card?

overclocking has many risks of bricking the card XD

Arris Arris said:

Think I'll be sticking with my dual 5850s for a while yet.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Benchmarks are looking pretty solid, hoping for a lower price though in the coming months.

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