Today AMD launched their new HD 7950, which aims at being a high-end graphics card due to its pricing, which is comparative to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 with its current market pricing. AMD is aiming at higher energy efficiency compared to its market rival product, and a scope for aggressive cost-cutting, if competition from future NVIDIA product so dictate. In essence, HD 7950 will serve as a fulcrum for both today's high-end price-point, and tomorrow's gamer sweet-spot, again, depending on its competitive environment. This is what makes it an important model for AMD.
The Radeon HD 7950 supports running in CrossFire, just like all AMD graphics cards. In this review we will test two HD 7950 cards to investigate whether they deliver the performance they promise and whether they are an interesting buy, at $900, which is a lot of money, especially in these times.
We also have the following reviews for you today:
- AMD Radeon HD 7950 Review (reference design)
- PowerColor HD 7950 PCS+ 3 GB Review (custom cooler & overclocked)
|Radeon HD |
|Shader Units||1408||480||1536||512||1792||2048||2x 1536||2x 512||2x 1792|
|ROPs||32||40||32||48||32||32||2x 32||2x 48||2x 32|
|Graphics Processor||Cayman||GF110||Cayman||GF110||Tahiti||Tahiti||2x Cayman||2x GF110||2x Tahiti|
|Transistors||2640M||3000M||2640M||3000M||4310M||4310M||2x 2640M||2x 3000M||2x 4310M|
|Memory Size||2048 MB||1280 MB||2048 MB||1536 MB||3072 MB||3072 MB||2x 2048 MB||2x 1536 MB||2x 3072 MB|
|Memory Bus Width||256 bit||320 bit||256 bit||384 bit||384 bit||384 bit||2x 256 bit||2x 384 bit||2x 384 bit|
|Core Clock||800 MHz||732 MHz||880 MHz||772 MHz||800 MHz||925 MHz||830 MHz||607 MHz||800 MHz|
|Memory Clock||1250 MHz||950 MHz||1375 MHz||1002 MHz||1250 MHz||1375 MHz||1250 MHz||855 MHz||1250 MHz|