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Thursday, 15 December 2011 12:50

Radeon HD 7970 volume shipments in January

Written by Fuad Abazovic



2048 stream processors can beat GTX 580


AMD is getting ready to launch its next Radeon HD 7000 generation, and the latest information we are getting indicates that it the cards launch at CES, most likely January 9th or 10th  and volume production and availability are expected the same month.

Currently our sources are saying volume shipment should be expected in January, which might very well mean that it should be available immediately at launch.

The chip is 365 square millimeters in size and performance wise it should end up faster than Geforce GTX 580. This doesn’t come as a surprise as Radeon HD 7970 has 2048 stream processors and 128 TMUs. We also heard that it has 2 tessellation units per core, which should boost tessellation performance to impressive levels, but still we don't know what Nvidia has in store for Kepler, its 28nm competitor.

We are sure that AMD will ship Radeon HD 7970 long before Nvidia ships any desktop 28nm Kepler parts, Geforce 600 series if you insist, but we still don’t know which one will end up faster.

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+3 #1 Tranzz 2011-12-15 13:24
Proccesors that work by the magic of fire and "STEAM" all 2048 of them. Where's the editor
 
 
+8 #2 Alterecho 2011-12-15 13:49
Well, the 6970 is already slightly faster than the 580 in some (few) titles, atleast from the benchmarks i've seen, considering its relative pricing.
 
 
+12 #3 Skynet 2011-12-15 14:25
If the 7970 only just beats GTX 580 this will be a massive disappoint.

I know high-end Keplers are months away but you can't claim victory if your brand new top of the range cards can only just beat a year old card that is priced similarly.
 
 
+3 #4 bardenck 2011-12-15 14:43
Quoting Skynet:
If the 7970 only just beats GTX 580 this will be a massive disappoint.

I know high-end Keplers are months away but you can't claim victory if your brand new top of the range cards can only just beat a year old card that is priced similarly.



was going to say something similar, AMD's 2nd or 3rd best card should compete with the 580.... the gtx 480 was almost twice as fast as the gtx 280 and still 40nm!! not to mention the 580!
 
 
+7 #5 The_Wolf88 2011-12-15 14:44
It have to beat the 6990 and the GTX590 to Call it IMPRESSIVE !!
 
 
+4 #6 Jurassic1024 2011-12-15 15:06
I was sure this article would be full of, "7900 series is gonna pwn nVIDIAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAA!"

I'm so excited that there wasn't a huge delay (knock on wood), and can't wait to see the benchmarks from the new architecture.
 
 
0 #7 nt300 2011-12-15 15:51
I take it people don't read. It's been already stated by sources that the new HD 7970 should end up being faster than the HD 6970 by 50%-60% better performance and approx: 10%-20% over the current king HD 6990.

Remember this is a complete re-design, brand neww and built from the ground up. AMD is taking a big chance and by the rumoured $500 price tag, this card is going to be FAST.
 
 
+1 #8 sirroman 2011-12-15 16:18
When he says "2 tessellation units per core", what "core" is he talking about? CU, right?
 
 
+1 #9 DaRAGE 2011-12-15 16:21
Booya I'll take 2 thanks. That should last me a couple years.
 
 
+5 #10 Jurassic1024 2011-12-15 17:00
Quoting nt300:
I take it people don't read. It's been already stated by sources that the new HD 7970 should end up being faster than the HD 6970 by 50%-60% better performance and approx: 10%-20% over the current king HD 6990.

Remember this is a complete re-design, brand neww and built from the ground up. AMD is taking a big chance and by the rumoured $500 price tag, this card is going to be FAST.



Read all you want, they can only prove those numbers when the card is released and reviewed. Didn't they say Bulldozer was supposed to be 50% faster than the Phenom II's? Don't be a fanboy, and wait for the final product with the rest of us.
 

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