Didn't say it was -if that was your impression then it isn't correct. I just said that Chas didn't feel the need to comment on it -hence why I supplied the Chas D fluff piece on the HD 7970GE....and you just KNOW, that if Nvidia had released a higher clocked BIOS for ANY card to realign performance/gain PR points, then Chas would have had PLENTY to say on the matter.
In fact, you could argue that the GTX 770/760Ti and todays "announcement" of the HD 8970M aren't that dissimilar...clock boosts of existing silicon touted as a new series.
whereas, SemiAutistic's HD 8970M coverage
doesn't even allude to the fact that the card is a rebranded Pitcairn based HD 7970M. One's the "Fastest Mobile Graphics Card" (presumably the capitalization is for maximum effect), and one's "Same old renaming scam, new silicon my *ss". And while Chas didn't write both articles, the 8970M fluff piece is on par with the earlier 7970GE piece...and he is the owner of the site.
/waits for inevitable counter-argument that mGPU "doesn't count"