Friday, December 16th 2011

AMD Pulls Radeon HD 7970 Launch to December 22

In a surprising move, AMD pulled the launch date of Radeon HD 7970, a high-performance single-GPU graphics card based on the 28 nm Tahiti silicon, up to December 22, 2011; from its earlier launch date of January 09, 2012. The January date was a lot more than speculation, as older presentation slides from AMD to distributors and retailers talked specifically about it. The move to pull December 22 (next Thursday) spices things up in the run up for CES. First, it gives AIB partners full freedom to show off their custom-design graphics cards at the event, along with full details about GPU specifications and clock speeds.

According to a VR-Zone report, Radeon HD 7970 will launch on December 22, 2011, this will be the day you will be able to read reviews of the card (at least the AMD reference design board), online. It will be a limited launch (read: paper-launch), but one can expect "full" retail availability of the card by January 09. Another interesting bit of information is concerning the Radeon HD 7950. This card will be available in non-reference board designs from day one, it will however launch on January 09.

Source: VR-Zone
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36 Comments on AMD Pulls Radeon HD 7970 Launch to December 22

#2
pantherx12
So who's getting me one of these for Christmas then?
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#3
theJesus
by: pantherx12
So who's getting me one of these for Christmas then?
Nobody, because it's basically just a paper launch.
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#4
pantherx12
by: theJesus
Nobody, because it's basically just a paper launch.
That's fine, I'll accept an IOU or a gift certificate :toast:
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#5
stinger608
Dedicated TPU Cruncher & Folder
Will be real interesting to see what the reviews show!

Looking forward to the TPU review...........Hint, hint, hint...........LOL
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#7
random
time to sell my cards again :D
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#9
WarraWarra
This sounds good, gives AMD time to tweak a few review bugs / issues for real launch date.
This should also gauge the RRP and public opinion so they can adjust it. Nice strategic move.
The reviewers will have a very jolly xmas with these and their driver bugs.

Will wait for both AMD and Nvidia reviews on their new lines before I will consider buying a desktop GPU. Will skip the bribed to be correct reviews of both AMD and Nvidia.

I am sure my 1 creative team (500 employees) would love to have decent new i7-IB pc's with AMD7970's xfire / NVidia SLI gpu's in it, wonder what they would get from me.
The boss is feeling generous. Trinity trinity wherefor art thou.
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#10
arnoo1
I hope for those who are getting those cards have propper drivers instead those latest crappy drivers
I will stick on the green side and avoid amd drivers, i have to wait a bit
Longer:p a year or so xd
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#11
Volkszorn88
So I was going to dump 700 bucks on a new monitor, scratch that!
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#13
mediasorcerer
So the 7970 is reference, the 7950 is ref and non ref? is that right?
Just one more question [sorry if its a stupid one] are these new amd gpu,s pcie-3? just curious,
and btw,

go nvidia and amd,

so there!!!

ps thanx for this info q.
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#14
Fourstaff
by: mediasorcerer
So the 7970 is reference, the 7950 is ref and non ref? is that right?
Just one more question [sorry if its a stupid one] are these new amd gpu,s pcie-3? just curious,
and btw,
Any PCB designed by AMD is referenced? :confused:

GPU is new, launching on Dec 22, not sure if PCIe-3, but it doesn't matter.
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#15
Volkszorn88
With the new 7k series right around the corner, hopefully a fair price drop for the 6k series.
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#16
mediasorcerer
by: Fourstaff
Any PCB designed by AMD is referenced? :confused:

GPU is new, launching on Dec 22, not sure if PCIe-3, but it doesn't matter.
Sorry,my error, i should have phrased it in a more sensible fashion, i meant to say, that Amd will be releasing the card as reference[7950] but also allowing manufacturers to launch non ref design of 7950 around the same time? whereas normally non ref /aftermarket tends to come later down the track as i understand it,something like that is how i interpreted the article.

I know it sounds irrational, and ive heard several say to the contrary, but i have this feeling pcie-3 will have a marked improvement on performance, however, this is purely my personal speculation and nothing more, and as you say, it may not be true, of course one would need equivelant pcie3 slot to take advantage anyhow.
Thanx for your gracious response btw.:)
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#17
pantherx12
by: mediasorcerer
however, this is purely my personal speculation and nothing more, and as you say, it may not be true, of course one would need equivelant pcie3 slot to take advantage anyhow.
Thanx for your gracious response btw.:)
We don't even get close to saturating x16 pci-e 2.0 yet.

I doubt we will with these cards either.

It's just looks nice on a specs sheet :toast:
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#18
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: theJesus
Nobody, because it's basically just a paper launch.
He can pre-order. Just Saiyan.
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#19
mediasorcerer
by: pantherx12
We don't even get close to saturating x16 pci-e 2.0 yet.

I doubt we will with these cards either.

It's just looks nice on a specs sheet :toast:
yep, thats what my logical technical mind tells me haha, the irrational dreamy side says the opposite.stupid left brain!![or is it right brain];)
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#21
Anusha
will the 7950 be unlockable to 7970 shaders this time around? THAT is the question.
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#22
H82LUZ73
creeeeeeeeeeeeeekk Man this Jew is opening up his wallet ....Let me at them .......:roll::toast:


Disclaimer


Yes I`m part Jewish ...try to take my money I dare you .....:D
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#23
Hayder_Master
Come on nvidia do something before cuz no dollar will be left for nvidia cards.
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#24
ironwolf
Better start stocking up on palettes of ramen noodles LOL.
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#25
BlackOmega
by: Volkszorn88
With the new 7k series right around the corner, hopefully a fair price drop for the 6k series.
It'll wholly depend on performance. If it's not much more powerful than the 6xxx series, don't expect too much of a price drop.
Similarly to how the 6xxx series wasn't all that much better than the 5xxx series, so the 5xxx series retained their value for quite a while.
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