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AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3072 MB

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Today AMD launches the HD 7970 GHz Edition, in a move to take away the performance crown from NVIDIA. The new card boasts clock speeds of 1050 MHz GPU and 1500 MHz memory. Price-wise the card is on the same level as the GTX 680, but is that enough to defeat NVIDIA's single GPU flagship?

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Hey it looks good in the benchmarks and they get to make claims like "Fastest single GPU on the planet" that's all they care about. Reminds me of the GTX 480.
 
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#5
670 is easily still the most appealing card. Maybe "tahiti xt2" is not ready for prime time
 
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So they overvolted and oc'ed the old 7970 and want more money just for this?
Increased power consumption by a lot ,gtx 670 is still a better option in my opinion.
And added a "boost" feature that downclocks the card when overheating .. :shadedshu
 
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Good extra performance but I rather just buy a normal HD7970 and overclock it like crazy:toast:
 

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#10
This card was not made for efficiency or bang4buck...this was just made to reclaim gpu throne...
 
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Cost same as GTX 680 but have little better performance. Looks good, but still too high TDP
 
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nice performance jump. compared with 680 , 7970 GHZ has tons more resources, more vram, more mem-bw, more cores, looks cheaper now (altough $500 is not cheap). should 680 lower its price?
 
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the custom cooling will fix the temps. i dont see many buy those stock cooling cards anymore, and barely see them sold.
 
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the custom cooling will fix the temps. i dont see many buy those stock cooling cards anymore, and barely see them sold.
At that point just buy a custom 7970 and clock it :/ ... plus you're still talking about a $500 card, or a $520-$550 custom cooled card, that is only about 10% faster than a 670, which sells for $100 bucks less. This card is, as appropriately noted in the review, a bit of a meh.
 
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AMD Y U no make quiet card?
 
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So they overvolted and oc'ed the old 7970 and want more money just for this?
I thought the voltage was lower than on the standard 7970 :confused:
 
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While the power consumption is disappointing, this card is a performance powerhouse.
For the enthusiasts a no-brainer to go with this over the GTX680.

I just hope the non reference cards will bring down fan noise with after-market coolers and hell, maybe even power consumption :)
 
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The review is obviously false, because of the fact that only Nvidia makes hot, power-hungry cards! Only Nvidia is capable of making great-performing but power-hungry and hot cards! Like the GTX 480! W1zzard lies!



This post is brought to you by an AMD-fanboy, who also believes that the supply problems of Nvidia's Kepler is solely Nvidia's fault too, and TSMC is blameless.



:laugh::laugh::laugh:
 
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I'm glad to see a review. I am disappointed to not see the lower voltages though. I could handle the cooling of this card very quietly and it would be a beast for me without overclocking. But then I could also get a regular 7970 for $50 less and overclock it close. Meh not worth it like I hoped it would be.
 
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I thoug they were improves gpu's that would run a ghz on 1.02v instead of 1.2v so this 7970 is just overcloked and crappier on load witth noise and wattage, amd failed me hard big time
 

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Pleasantly surprised at the huge performance gains.

Catalyst Drivers + Boost worked out pretty good huh.
 

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50$ for OC without enhanced cooling and more power consume you failed big this time ATI.