Friday, 30 December 2011 15:08

AMD HD 7950 won't show up on January 9th

Written by Slobodan Simic

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Don't hold your breath


In case the HD 7970 has a too steep price for your taste and you were looking forward to the Tahiti Pro HD 7950, we are afraid that we have some bad news as, according to our sources, there is simply no way that this one will be available on January 9th.

The scheduled launch date set at January 9th still stands, according to some major players in the AIB business, but they won't have the card ready by the 9th of January. We guess that we might see a couple of reviews on that date, but these cards will probably come directly from AMD. Unfortunately, there are no precise details regarding the delay and partners simply have no explanation. It seems the HD 7950 might show up somewhere around the Chinese New Year, or February.

Of course, the Tahiti XT HD 7970 should start selling on January 9th, but for now the cheaper HD 7950 won't.

Last modified on Friday, 30 December 2011 15:52
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+4 #1 yourma2000 2011-12-30 16:09
Probably something to do with AMD saying that card manufacturers don't have to make reference designs of the 7950 and that they can go straight into using their own custom cooling systems. Awesome if you prefer the quieter & cooler solutions but don't want to wait a few months.
 
 
+11 #2 bardenck 2011-12-30 16:29
it would be impossible for 7970's to be ready and not 7950's as they are only crippled 7970's...so all the 7970's are perfect chips?? i dont think so, especially on a brand new node. AMD is probably not selling them on purpose being that it has no competition from nvidia, to ensure healthy sales of its less cost effective 7970 ...most people would probably be buying the 7950 and hurt the sales of the 7970....any other reasonable assumptions?
 
 
-9 #3 DaRAGE 2011-12-30 17:02
Pfft. Who wants a 7950 anyways... It will probably work out to be the speed of 580. That's not a true next gen solution..
 
 
+5 #4 Jurassic1024 2011-12-30 17:19
Quoting bardenck:
it would be impossible for 7970's to be ready and not 7950's as they are only crippled 7970's...so all the 7970's are perfect chips?? i dont think so, especially on a brand new node. AMD is probably not selling them on purpose being that it has no competition from nvidia, to ensure healthy sales of its less cost effective 7970 ...most people would probably be buying the 7950 and hurt the sales of the 7970....any other reasonable assumptions?



Makes sense to me.
 
 
+2 #5 Jurassic1024 2011-12-30 17:21
Quoting yourma2000:
Probably something to do with AMD saying that card manufacturers don't have to make reference designs of the 7950 and that they can go straight into using their own custom cooling systems. Awesome if you prefer the quieter & cooler solutions but don't want to wait a few months.



Doubt it. Just because they CAN stray from reference, doesn't mean they HAVE to.

AIB's have been selling reference cards since - forever, and they certainly aren't gonna hold off for a month from selling reference cards, just so they can sell non-reference.
 
 
+4 #6 Bors Mistral 2011-12-30 17:23
Well, 10 days left and we'll find out for sure...

Quoting DaRAGE:
Pfft. Who wants a 7950 anyways... It will probably work out to be the speed of 580. That's not a true next gen solution..


Nah, it'll still be faster, cost less, and probably burn half the power ;p
 
 
+2 #7 godrilla 2011-12-30 17:30
Quoting DaRAGE:
Pfft. Who wants a 7950 anyways... It will probably work out to be the speed of 580. That's not a true next gen solution..

Based on the price i think it will be similar to performance to gpu mentioned above!

@bardenck i agree AMD just wants to sell the 7970 if they bring the 7950 out sooner ppl will just buy the 7950 for $100 less
 
 
-5 #8 godrilla 2011-12-30 17:34
Quoting Bors Mistral:
Well, 10 days left and we'll find out for sure...

Quoting DaRAGE:
Pfft. Who wants a 7950 anyways... It will probably work out to be the speed of 580. That's not a true next gen solution..

;p

less power hungry yes more powerful i don't think so, i think more similar performance
 
 
+4 #9 yourma2000 2011-12-30 21:13
Quoting Jurassic1024:
Doubt it. Just because they CAN stray from reference, doesn't mean they HAVE to.

AIB's have been selling reference cards since - forever, and they certainly aren't gonna hold off for a month from selling reference cards, just so they can sell non-reference.



If the chip makers say so, the manufacturers HAVE TO create cards using the reference designs first so that there is a clear and balanced performance display across tech websites before custom cards are created with various performance results.
 
 
+5 #10 rickster 2011-12-31 00:45
Why are people confused about this? It's been this way all the time. Flagship always launches first.

One, to give time to manufacture more main stream products and two, to sell more flagship models because of a higher profit per product.

It's basic business.
 

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