Monday, May 7th 2012

AMD Readies Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

AMD's Radeon HD 7970 could not hold on to the single-GPU performance crown for too long. It lost it to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680, and the upcoming GeForce GTX 670 threatens to damage its competitiveness even further. Reports suggest that AMD is working on a new Tahiti-based graphics card SKU, the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. AMD unveiled the "GHz Edition" moniker to denote SKUs that come with engine clock speed ≥1 GHz. The new HD 7970 GHz Edition will come with reference core clock speed of 1050 MHz.

AMD needn't tinker with memory clock speed, as it already has a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface compared to the GeForce GTX 680 and its 256-bit memory bus width. Sources told Atomic PC that improved yields and manufacturing processes have benefitted Tahiti just as well as GK104, and ES Tahiti chips from the latest batches "easily" hit 1250 MHz core. These batches could make custom-design graphics cards with extremely high core clock speeds possible.

Sources: Atomic PC, Engadget
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203 Comments on AMD Readies Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

#1
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: entropy13
Product A and B are both $300 in Country A. Product A and B are $250 in Country B.

There is a $20 tax in Country A that isn't present in Country B. So to "equalize" the prices, it's $280 for Country A and $250 for Country B.

And Country B is a better market for Country A, looking from the supplier side???
So the Philippines are a bigger market then the United States......interdasting.
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#2
the54thvoid
by: HossHuge
Ya the 680 is more efficent (3w) and it is more powerful (1%). Hardly worth bragging about...:shadedshu


http://img.techpowerup.org/120507/680.jpg
Hey dude someone will pull you up on those %'s. They're equalised to a 690, so there will be slightly different results for relative performance. The tables below are for the 680 review so equalised to that. Still very telling.

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_680/images/power_average.gif
7970 draws less average gaming power, just.
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_680/images/perfwatt_2560.gif
7970 is within 2% perf/watt
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_680/images/perfrel_2560.gif
7970 is within 4% relative performance. At same clocks... well, equal or better on average.
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#3
Fluffmeister
Well if people want to spend extra on a mildy overclocked 7970, more power to them (literally :laugh:).
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#4
Steevo
And the newer 7970s are overclocking to a few percent higher than 680s can in pure perfirmance plus driver improvements. And I stilk find it amazing the green team has turned around and made energy efficiency a selling point when uaers for years said they didnt care.
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#5
Fluffmeister
by: Steevo
And the newer 7970s are overclocking to a few percent higher than 680s can in pure perfirmance plus driver improvements. And I stilk find it amazing the green team has turned around and made energy efficiency a selling point when uaers for years said they didnt care.
Equally it's interesting how GPGPU has suddenly become important when users for years said they didn't care.
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#6
the54thvoid
by: Fluffmeister
Equally it's interesting how GPGPU has suddenly become important when users for years said they didn't care.
It's what Jen-Hsun Huang himself used to sell the Fermi brand. Nvidia made gpgpu a selling point.
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#7
Crap Daddy
by: the54thvoid
It's what Jen-Hsun Huang himself used to sell the Fermi brand. Nvidia made gpgpu a selling point.
And they sell it still. The cards are called Quadro and Tesla. GTX680 is a gaming card.
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#8
INSTG8R
Well it was pretty obvious AMD was playing "safe" with the clocks on release when it was in the users hands and EASILY overclocked. Trying to now sell it with the clocks users were getting in the first place doesn't really make it better or more appealing. I wonder what price premium they are gonna slap on it making it do what any end user could already do...
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#9
the54thvoid
by: Crap Daddy
And they sell it still. The cards are called Quadro and Tesla. GTX680 is a gaming card.
Yup. And that is the purpose of GK110. And it will guzzle power. But I'll probably buy one. :laugh:
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#10
Over_Lord
News Editor
I remember when the HD5000 series received a HUGE performance with one particular driver set(I think at the GTX480 launch period).

It was an AMAZING boost, and I believe HD7000 series is also set to receive such a boost. Besides, it will take time for drivers to fully utilize the GCN architecture.

All in all, next 3 months looking great. The HD7950 will go down in price, HD7970 eating food with GTX670, and the HD7970 GHz eating the GTX680.

yay
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#11
Fluffmeister
by: the54thvoid
It's what Jen-Hsun Huang himself used to sell the Fermi brand. Nvidia made gpgpu a selling point.
And it's those Fermi years I was referring too. ;)
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#12
theoneandonlymrk
by: Fluffmeister
And it's those Fermi years I was referring too.
and thats relivant because??

by: Fluffmeister
Equally it's interesting how GPGPU has suddenly become important when users for years said they didn't care.
also by you, stop trolling it starts trolling then the fanboi shit comes out, then thread closed, not good , a discusion dosnt have to go flamey and biased:)


OT ive had a 5xxx at a Ghz since 3 weeks after purchase, anyone paying extra for this on a 7970 might want to think about a waterblocked ref version if cheaper all in or not much dearer as waterblocked cards clock higher and last longer
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#13
Fluffmeister
It's relevant because people moaned that they didn't want these large general purpose all singing and dancing GPU's nV kept making, they just wanted fast and efficient gaming cards.

nV listened and created a fast and efficient gaming card. Now people moan about it's cut down GPGPU functionality. :banghead:
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#14
SIGSEGV
by: Fluffmeister
It's relevant because people moaned that they didn't want these large general purpose all singing and dancing GPU's nV kept making, they just wanted fast and efficient gaming cards.

nV listened and created a fast and efficient gaming card. Now people moan about it's cut down GPGPU functionality. :banghead:
what's the point do you want talking about here? are you satisfy now? LMFAO~

:roll:
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#15
Fluffmeister
by: SIGSEGV
what's the point do you want talking about here? are you satisfy now? LMFAO~

:roll:
I'm trying to say buy the 7970, it's awesome.
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#16
theoneandonlymrk
by: Fluffmeister
nV listened and created a fast and efficient gaming card. Now people moan about it's cut down GPGPU functionality.
i suggest you read the OP then as this threads about AMD releasing 1Ghz eddition 7970s, a card that does everything as fast as it can, and un crippled,being made to officially run a bit faster

by: Fluffmeister
I'm trying to say buy the 7970, it's awesome.
sorry i too am struggling to extract that meaning from what you have said
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#17
Fluffmeister
by: theoneandonlymrk
i suggest you read the OP then as this threads about AMD releasing 1Ghz eddition 7970s, a card that does everything as fast as it can, and un crippled,being made to officially run a bit faster
Hey I wasn't the first to bring up this lark up.

But yes, a thread about a mildly overclocked 7970, very exciting stuff sorry.
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#18
Zubasa
All I care is if they will make a new reference board, if its the same thing just with higher clocks in the bios then no thanks.
Also they better not charge an arm and a leg for the extra few mhz.
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#19
theoneandonlymrk
by: Fluffmeister
But yes, a thread about a mildly overclocked 7970, very exciting stuff sorry.
at last we agree and at last your OT, and i do agree, a slightly overclocked 7970 dosnt warrant much enthusiasm as id expext to do those clocks if i bought one anyway, which im not, because 2x5xxx's still do fine @ 1080p though my eyes are starting to wander:) to newer sku's
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#20
Crap Daddy
As I said before I can't see one sound reason for a GHz edition 7970. If you want an OCed version buy one now. If you wanna overclock a reference 7970 buy one and do it yourself. The card itself is the same as that launched last year, IT WILL NOT BE BETTER.
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#21
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Crap Daddy
As I said before I can't see one sound reason for a GHz edition 7970. If you want an OCed version buy one now. If you wanna overclock a reference 7970 buy one and do it yourself. The card itself is the same as that launched last year, IT WILL NOT BE BETTER.
Are you crazy?!?! Of course the new one will be better. Its got a sticker on it! Everyone knows 1337ness comes from stickers! Just look at ricers!
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#24
Xzibit
by: TheMailMan78
Are you crazy?!?! Of course the new one will be better. Its got a sticker on it! Everyone knows 1337ness comes from stickers! Just look at ricers!
And all this time I thought I had to upgrade :banghead:

I'm gonna go get out the 9600 GT from the attic and go buy me a sheet of stickers at Toys"R"Us. Will post blazingly super duper fast benchmarks results in a few hours.:roll:

P.S.
I live a benchmark at a time :toast:
It doesnt matter if you finish a benchmark 1fps faster or 100fps faster, Winning winning :rockout:
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#25
Dj-ElectriC


Man.. i kinda feel sorry for them, but at the same time happy that NVIDIA started kicking so much ass
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