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AMD Radeon HD 7970 3072 MB

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by W1zzard, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. Wyverex

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    Nice card, awesome performance/consumption.
    Now I'm waiting for the HD 7950 with its attractive price :toast:
     
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    That picture scaring me^^^

    bravo amd, thanx for review wiz
     
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    I smell trolls
    BEGONE evil cretures!
     
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    Very good review Wizz... Hope to see more good cards from AMD !!!
     
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    Nice card but $100 more than what I was hoping for.


    The power draw and heat does seem higher than what I hoped for from 28nm GPU.



    Would have liked to see how it compared in the UT3 category. UT3 has been covered on most of the reviews.
     
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    Very nice! I might have to replace my 580's with two of these:toast:
     
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    nice review can't wait until the price drop take effect.
     
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    You don't really expect him to go and re-run all those tests on all those other cards in a new system do you? He can't test one card in one system and the other cards in a different system, because then it wouldn't be a fair comparison; it has to be the same setup across the board.
     
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    Very good review Wizz

    I just wish AMD would send 2 cards when they come out with new ones,This would help see if the crossfire is the same (IE the performance that is great now)Though you do get a sense of it ,The One 7970 is between the Gtx590 and the 6990....So in theory with 2 it will be 10 to 15% more then them right ?

    Also Wizz nice to see some new games Like BF3 and Hard Reset (link to the game page would have been nice ;) ):respect::toast:
     
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    I don't think the card offers enough of a performance increase. Yes, it beats the 580, as it doesn't trounce it, but it should do - after all the 580 has been out for a year now. I would have expected around 50% better performance than the 580 minimum in all benchmarks, but we don't get that.

    Note that PCI-E 3.0 won't make much of a difference to performance, as W1zz stated in an earlier post.

    Overclocking is good though and the dual BIOS is a very worthy feature for peace of mind.

    Great review as ever, W1zz. :toast:
     
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    1) Wiz from what i recall the GTX580 in the charts is with the first released drivers correct ? If so it's a fair comparison (for those who expect new drivers and new performance levels).

    2) AMD still has the IQ optimizations to boost performance with their cards or did they remove it with the 7970 series ? (Don't think so but asking).

    3) Rumor had it that the 7970 would be up to 50% faster than the GTX580 which is a prev. Gen card, still it's up to 20% faster so at least for me AMD saddly lost the train just like with the Bulldozer.
     
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    50% is a lot to expect, I don't know if any generation gap has brought those kind of figures.
     
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    This is a very good card no doubt. The GTX 580 is a very good card. This is faster and far more power efficient (due to process i know). So no grumbles - very, very good card.

    But...

    Why the flip (too early for swearing) can't AMD spend some time making a proper damn cooler? If you're going to release a new kick ass card that I 'was' tempted to go for (for the Pci-e x3 novelty), why don't you make sure the cooler is quiet at load? It's not like it draws huge power and creates lots of heat.

    So for this simple fact - for me the stock card is fail - I wouldn't put it in my rig. But if Powercolor release an LCS model, that's a diff story.

    Oh, and maths - it is 161% the cost of a 6970 without the 161% performance (best result is 6970 having 73% to the 7970's 100% at max res).

    On price it is correct for Nvidia placing but not against the previous gen. (IMO).
     
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    Awesome. Now I'm wating for 7950. I wonder if aftermarket coolers will fit with these
     
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    Just checked - if the euro price is correct it makes it £416 which is very good for 580 competition (all things considered). But I'm sure it'll come in higher :(

    Still too loud. C'mon after market coolers.

    And in a related topic - the absolute famine of any 'concrete' Kepler rumours makes it quite plausible that NV are in no fit state to reply. It's unlike them to stay so quiet when their cards are being trumped....
     
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    very nice.
     
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    Thanks for a good review....as always.
     
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    Loving the efficiency :)

    When <75w 28nm Radeon 77xx/76xx cards are available maybe I'll get one :D
     
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    I'm sure I've seen 50% before, but it was a while back. As the next gen nvidia card is several months away, it should be around 80-100% faster than the 580 in my book, but I have a feeling it won't be.
     
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    Well main issue is games only 1 of those games i play which is Skyrim and shit it's what 3fps was it at 1920x1080.

    You have a good point. With Skyrim sucking with CF ( unless thats fixed now ). Although if i did play 1/2 of those games i don't believe the upgrade is worth it as that's another $275 blown on what ? 3-15fps extra.

    Real problem here is demanding games don't seem to be pushing hardware enough.
     
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    not sure about those HD 5970 numbers, maybe CF didnt get enabled. I'll rebench.

    no, i rebenched all cards with the latest drivers, check the test setup page
     
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    Hexus review is up and it's saying it'll be £450. :(

    Again - correct price to go against Nvidia but throws the Red School's wallet friendly pricing 'culture' into the history bin.
     
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    Well, those were his "cherry-picked" benchmarks (not overall) where 580 was actually ahead of HD7970. As you can see, he has 570 in his rig so there might be some nVidia fanboism coming out.

    Card is great, price is not. New architecture seems to take away those benchmarks where nvidia cards used to lead by a great margin.
     
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    What about the IQ optimizations ? Any chance you had time to check that ?
     
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    i use an out of the box install of the drivers without any change to settings
     

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