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HD 7970 Overclocked to 1.26 GHz: 28 nm Tech Really Stretches Its Legs

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Welcome to the first TechPowerUp news post of 2012! Read on for a couple of impressive overclocking feats with the HD 7970 graphics card.

It looks like the new AMD Radeon HD 7970 could be a bit of a dark horse and a lot more potent than its stock specifications would suggest – excellent for creating a competitive graphics card market. The reviews at stock speeds show the flagship HD 7970 to be around 10-15% faster than NVIDIA's flagship GTX 580, which doesn't seem all that impressive since the GTX 580 has been on the market for over a year now. However, what the reviews haven't really shown, is what kind of an overclocking monster the HD 7970 is. It definitely looks like AMD could have easily beaten the GTX 580 by a much bigger margin than they did, had they wanted to and it makes one wonder why they didn't.

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You got Unigine and computemark mixed up. Just an FYI.

That is crazy, 28nm working its magic.
 

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You got Unigine and computemark mixed up. Just an FYI.

That is crazy, 28nm working its magic.
Fixed - thanks very much. :toast:

Yes, I bet the 7970 is gonna fly off the shelves with results like this.
 
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You know, at first I thought the original review for this card showed its performance to be kinda meh. I mean, it is a decent performer, but with all the hype surrounding it, I thought it would perform much, much, better.

But these overclocking scores are outrageous. The architecture seems to really scale well with the overclocks. Kudos, AMD, keep up the great work!
 
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Cant wait to buy one of these beasts, I'm going to go wait for non reference cards so I can get a good overclock while staying cool & quiet ^_^
 
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AMD I :love: U, this kind of graphics cards are just amazing, even counting in the future driver improvements in single and crossfire setups this things are gonna blow everything in a huge ball of pixels :p
 
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GTX580 975MHZ gave me 7700 graphics score in 3dm11 P, do yo math
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You know, at first I thought the original review for this card showed its performance to be kinda meh. I mean, it is a decent performer, but with all the hype surrounding it, I thought it would perform much, much, better.

But these overclocking scores are outrageous. The architecture seems to really scale well with the overclocks. Kudos, AMD, keep up the great work!
Typical AMD move, make something that is made to overclock like a mother, and let the results speak for it.



Anyone have a Windows 8 bench of this card yet?
 
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I want one of these so badly. Only if the games I play could use this power, but the games I play my 2x 4850 can handle.
 

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I want one of these so badly. Only if the games I play could use this power, but the games I play my 2x 4850 can handle.
tsk, such distorted logic - you're an enthusiast. You don't need a reason to want it and to have it! ;)

Look, my Sandy Bridge upgrade doubled my RAM from 4GB which was plenty, to 8GB, which was way more than enough. However, I had two more slots sitting empty, just looking at me and crying out for more. So, £40 later, I was the proud owner of another 8GB and I've now got a monster 16 gigs in the PC! :rockout: Do I need all of it? Hell no, who cares! :D
 

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These are wonderful. I will definitely wait till kepler is reviewed before buying, but so far two of these is going to be my next step. They should allow me to push eyefinity to new limits, especially on water. mmmmmm.
 

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People always complain about the fan, I think of it this way. Compare a Prius/Insight/Leaf to a Camaro/Mustang/Challenger, More power means gonna be louder...
 
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Cool numbers ! Now give me a discount.

AMD I :love: U, this kind of graphics cards are just amazing, even counting in the future driver improvements in single and crossfire setups this things are gonna blow everything in a huge ball of pixels :p
It's still AMD we're talking about here, right ?
 

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Also, with the fan at 100%, the card never got above a very comfortable 68 degrees centigrade while running Furmark, which is amazing considering how this test is specifically designed to heat a graphics card to the max. The stock cooler may be noisy, but it's certainly very effective: an excellent result which will prolong the working life of the card.
Take a look at the furmark screenshot, notice the 40FPS at only 1280x720? Furmark is no longer a good way to measure power and heat characteristics because both nVidia and AMD throttle their cards immensely with Furmark and other programs like it.
 

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Take a look at the furmark screenshot, notice the 40FPS at only 1280x720? Furmark is no longer a good way to measure power and heat characteristics because both nVidia and AMD throttle their cards immensely with Furmark and other programs like it.
I hate you sometimes. :laugh: Yes, I'd forgotten all about the throttling on modern top-end cards. I'll update the article regarding this.

EDIT: article updated.
 
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It's still AMD we're talking about here, right ?
AMD has been providing decent performance updates via drivers for the past few years. The newer cards usually get significant performance boosts from mature drivers. There is a lot of false information regarding AMD's Catalyst drivers. In my experience they have been up to par over the past two years.
 
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My 580 stays under 58c at 1000 mhz in furmark with the fan running full tilt. Blower fans have been suitable for top clocks for awhile now, just never at acceptable noise levels. If you have like a separate room just for your pcs you're in luck, otherwise you better be deaf.
 
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People always complain about the fan, I think of it this way. Compare a Prius/Insight/Leaf to a Camaro/Mustang/Challenger, More power means gonna be louder...
One word: Bentley.
 
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People always complain about the fan, I think of it this way. Compare a Prius/Insight/Leaf to a Camaro/Mustang/Challenger, More power means gonna be louder...
How about a Bentley?

Take the new Mulsanne, for example. Not only is it more powerful than the Camaro, Mustang and Challenger, under strenuous usage it'll be a lot quieter than a hybrid. And, if they were all the same price, I know which I'd buy :p
 

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im talkin about vehicles that are affordable, heck can you even afford a bentley?
 

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My 580 stays under 58c at 1000 mhz in furmark with the fan running full tilt. Blower fans have been suitable for top clocks for awhile now, just never at acceptable noise levels. If you have like a separate room just for your pcs you're in luck, otherwise you better be deaf.
I get like 45°C on my 5870@1GHz, i can barely hear it. There must be something wrong with your cooler?!
Just kidding... :D

But seriously, who needs this much horsepower? A 5870 can handle any game out there at pretty decent settings and normal resolutions, so all i can think of are 3x1 or 3x2 Eyefinity setups. I doubt many people have those though...
 
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im talkin about vehicles that are affordable, heck can you even afford a bentley?
Not in a million years.

But I guess my point is this: speed isn't the only factor, and you don't have to sacrifice noise for performance. Given the choice between a Mustang and a comparably priced Audi, for example, I'd pick the Audi. And a lot of the reasoning behind that is to do with the Audi being quieter and using less fuel. If I was in the market for a 7970, and there was a 7950 with a quality PCB and a near-silent aftermarket cooler for the same price or cheaper, I'd take the 7950.

Well, that's a lie - I'd bank the money. But you get the idea :p
 

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Not in a million years.

But I guess my point is this: speed isn't the only factor, and you don't have to sacrifice noise for performance. Given the choice between a Mustang and a comparably priced Audi, for example, I'd pick the Audi. And a lot of the reasoning behind that is that the Audi is quieter and uses less fuel. If I was in the market for a 7970, and there was a 7950 with a quality PCB and a near-silent aftermarket cooler for the same price or cheaper, I'd take the 7950.

Well, that's a lie - I'd bank the money. But you get the idea :p
Ya and Its a connundrum because Ud pick the domestic car anyway...
 
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#24
Ya and Its a connundrum because Ud pick the domestic car anyway...
I'm British, so that'd be the Bentley...

But which was made where isn't really relevant to my point. I'm sure (I hope?) that there are U.S. built cars comparable to an Audi.

If not, I wouldn't be prepared to sacrifice on getting what I want in order to reward some worker over another for the sheer good luck of being born in some particular nation, but that's a different story.
 

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#25
People always complain about the fan, I think of it this way. Compare a Prius/Insight/Leaf to a Camaro/Mustang/Challenger, More power means gonna be louder...
I hate to disagree. You can't compare a regular, civil car, to a muscle car that screams (literally) LOOK AT ME!!! I HAVE THEM HOARSEPOWERZ!!!
It is quite possible to build a powerful, yet silent car - look at the Audi A6 or BMW 5 series, they are both family-compatible, even with the 300+ HP engines. If you want them loud, you buy an aftermarket exhaust.
Now it's a whole different story on silicone - Intel builds CPUs that perform better than AMDs, yet they consume less power = less heat = less noise. It's all about what you want to achieve and how hard you try. If you want them silent, you buy an aftermarket cooler.