Tuesday, January 31st 2012

AMD Launches the Radeon HD 7950 Graphics Card

AMD launched the Radeon HD 7950 graphics card, its second high-end product based on its new Graphics CoreNext architecture. Based on the same 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon as the HD 7970, the new SKU packs all its features, while being a tone-down in terms of specifications. To begin with, it features 1792 stream processors brought about by enabling 28 out of 32 of the GCN compute units on Tahiti. It features 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 3 GB of memory.

Its reference clock speeds include 800 MHz core, and 1250 MHz (5.00 GHz GDDR5 effective). Due to reduced power draw, the card requires two 6-pin power inputs, instead of 6+8-pin found on the HD 7970. AIB partners are free to provide custom-design and factory-overclocked models at speeds of up to 900 MHz core with 5.00 GHz memory. Models with AMD reference clock speeds should be typically priced at US $449, with factory-overclocked ones about $15-20 higher. The cards should be available in the markets right away.
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16 Comments on AMD Launches the Radeon HD 7950 Graphics Card

#1
n-ster
wait, isn't the 7970 549$?? so only 50$ less?
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TheMailMan78
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n-ster said:
wait, isn't the 7970 549$?? so only 50$ less?
You are surprised?
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#3
Hms1193
From your Review: According to AMD, the HD 7950 will cost $449.

Is the official price $499 or $449? :wtf:
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n-ster
TheMailMan78 said:
You are surprised?
the prices at the egg seem more in line with the initial expectations of 449$, which makes much more sense
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#7
Volkszorn88
Ahhh I want price drops on the 6970s already D:
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#8
LagunaX
Seems like the 6970 is still holding it's own except in the media encoding part.
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#9
btarunr
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Sorry, fixed the price, it's $449.
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#10
_JP_
If only this resulted in price drops in other cards. :\
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#11
n-ster
Once the mid range cards come along it will
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#12
tilldeath
anyone know on average how long it takes for new card prices to drop? Either way I'll more than likely go with a 7970 but I can hold out for another 1-2months if there is a possible drop.
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TheMailMan78
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tilldeath said:
anyone know on average how long it takes for new card prices to drop? Either way I'll more than likely go with a 7970 but I can hold out for another 1-2months if there is a possible drop.
Just wait for Kepler & Kepler: Attorneys at law.
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tilldeath
yeah, but haven't seen anything on possible release time frames. I'd imagine soon if Nvid doesn't want to loose on sales massively.
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TheMailMan78
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tilldeath said:
yeah, but haven't seen anything on possible release time frames. I'd imagine soon if Nvid doesn't want to loose on sales massively.
If I had to guess it would be around April.
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Casecutter
I’m still trying to unearth what 28Nm TSMC price increase actually influenced these prices? I’m thinking it’s in the range of 13-17% adder (original estimate were even higher) to such prices just to cover chip increases. And while this price is high I think we need to hold judgment, till Nvidia part pricing is chiseled in stone, this might turn out to be the contemporary of what we’ll have to ante-up.

Sorry to say at the prices we are seeing will be what you'll see till end of March... There's not much inventory for either Nvidia or AMD (enthusiast) in the respective price segments and so neither need to adjust pricing. Especially against the newer levied 28Nm price.

I’m placing aspirations for 7950 with 1.5Gb as a nice price performance mix, say sometime late March at under $400, while could there be the contemplation of a 7930 “Tahiti base” with 1.5Gb later for $350?
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