Thursday, December 22nd 2011

AMD Introduces the Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card, The 28nm Era Begins

AMD Introduces the Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card, The 28 nm Era Begins

Bring ye a fresh set of bragging rights because today AMD has (paper) launched the first graphics card powered by a 28 nm GPU, the Radeon HD 7970. Equipped with one Tahiti chip, this new, high-end offering is the first to make use of the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture which is claimed to deliver an improvement 'of over 150% in performance/sq mm over the prior generation.'

The Radeon HD 7970 also adopts the PCI Express 3.0 standard (which ensures a large, healthy bandwidth), and implements the PowerTune and AMD ZeroCore Power technologies that allow for 'higher performance levels while maximizing power efficiencies'.


"True to the maxim, 'never settle,' AMD is once again aggressively advancing the state of the graphics industry - this time with the arrival of the world's fastest single-GPU graphics card, the AMD Radeon HD 7970," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU Division, AMD. "This graphics card represents a revolution in the graphics industry. To put it bluntly, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 changes everything!"

Spec wise, the HD 7970 offers 2048 Stream Processors, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, a core clock of 925 MHz, a 384-bit memory interface, and 3 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5500 MHz. AMD's card also packs a dual-slot cooler which uses vapor chamber technology, has CrossFireX support, and includes four display outputs (Eyefinity is obviously present) - one dual-link DVI, one HDMI 1.4a and two mini DisplayPort 1.2.

The Radeon HD 7970 has a recommended price tag of $549 and is expected to become available as of January 9, 2012. For the full scoop on the very first 28nm card be sure to check out the review found here.
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18 Comments on AMD Introduces the Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card, The 28nm Era Begins

#1
seronx
Dang that was fast!
December 22nd was the launch OBR got owned
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#2
WarraWarra
Will have to read the reviews again, missed a few details.

20fps difference on BF3 from 1920x1200 4xA MSAA ?
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970/9.html
to
http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7970-review/22

Any idea about driver maturity at this time or possible fixes that might be needed.
Now just need a comparison with 2x 6870's / $400 crossfire models that run better than the 6990 in relations to this 7970.
Not sure if AMD would allow a comparison like that at this time on any website.
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#3
qwerty_lesh
you sure it includes FIVE outputs?
is one invisible or something? :nutkick:
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#4
Cristian_25H
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by: qwerty_lesh
you sure it includes FIVE outputs?
is one invisible or something? :nutkick:
Four it is, don't kick me! :D
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#5
Aceman.au
Wait... It uses PCI-E 3.0, would they word on my motherboard? (ASUS P8P67 Deluxe)
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#6
Cristian_25H
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by: Aceman.au
Wait... It usu PCI-E 3.0, would they word on my motherboard? (ASUS P8P67 Deluxe)
The Radeon HD 7970 works on motherboards with PCIe 2.x, no worries. PCIe is just a big, backwards compatible family :) .
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#7
Aceman.au
by: Cristian_25H
The Radeon HD 7970 works on motherboards with PCIe 2.x, no worries. PCIe is just a big, backwards compatible family :) .
Ah... Good... Very keen to throw these @ my PC and see what happens...
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#8
H82LUZ73
Wow I forgot to login to reply on this.......Awesome sauce:rockout: ,Now where is the Wizz review.:respect:


Just read the Wizz review ...Excellent as always .....Looks like a great card right out of the box,Price has me worried though.
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#9
Aceman.au
If u want guys... Ill see if I can get 2 for crossfire and compare them with my 2 6870's
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#12
buggalugs
Nice card, the undisputed king of the single GPU. Huge jump in Tessellation performance, better than a 6990.

A true eyefinity/high res or 3D/120Hz performance card.
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#13
Widjaja
It appears AMD are properly pulling ahead of nVidia again.

Seems so long ago now since.....X800pro 256mb SM2.0 beast was top of the GPU heap.
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#14
RejZoR
Are there any new software features like MLAA that we got not long ago? Everyone talk about hardware features but no one mentions software goodies.
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#15
Maban
by: RejZoR
Are there any new software features like MLAA that we got not long ago? Everyone talk about hardware features but no one mentions software goodies.
Ask a reviewer/newsie for a review/press kit. It contains a lot more info than what the general public gets.
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#16
btarunr
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by: RejZoR
Are there any new software features like MLAA that we got not long ago? Everyone talk about hardware features but no one mentions software goodies.
Since the NDA is out of the window, I'll post slides from the press-briefing relevant to IQ.







That's about all the information there is, about IQ. No new AA modes.
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#17
arterius2
by: Aceman.au
If u want guys... Ill see if I can get 2 for crossfire and compare them with my 2 6870's
would be nice.. but looking at your specs, doubt u could afford it.
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#18
NAVI_Z
hmmmm........ i hope AMD hasn't shot itself in da foot again like BD. It might be better to wait n c if these new cards do indeed perform better than the 6xxx series cards. besides we all know how its better to wait for mature drivers especially for those of us who use eyefinity and crossfire. i sure hope its blanks in dat gun hehe....lol
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