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Monday, 02 January 2012 00:57

AMD Radeon HD 7970 hits 1.26GHz and P10259 in 3DMark 11

Written by Jon Worrel

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Using minor voltage mod and special BIOS

It appears that our friends over at VR-Zone have been ringing in the New Year with the excitement of some exceptional GPU hardware benchmarks on fresh 28nm AMD Southern Islands silicon, particularly of the enthusiast type.


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The site was able to successfully overclock their AMD Radeon HD 7970 reference board from 1125MHz core speed to a 1267MHz core speed with a minor voltage bump from 1.15v to 1.25 volts using publicly available software and a special GPU BIOS (which VR-Zone claims will be revealed on Monday, January 9th).

We were impressed with the 3DMark 11 Performance Preset scores, which improved from P8227 on stock clocks to P10259 with the voltage adjustment. Nevertheless, 3DMark 11 Extreme Preset scores also improved from X2764 on stock clocks to X3490 with the voltage adjustment.

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We look forward to reporting on AMD’s 28nm Tahiti GPUs in person at CES 2012 in just one week from now. In the meantime, more preliminary benchmarks and details can be found here.

Last modified on Monday, 02 January 2012 15:04

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+7 #1 Super XP 2012-01-02 01:52
Shut Up and take my $money$ AMD.....
 
 
+2 #2 thematrix606 2012-01-02 01:53
I just HATE articles that just show a speed without comparing it to ANY other video card.

I mean is it REALLY that hard to compare it to the biggest competition of this card? The GTX 580 and HD 6990? Really.

Who is this news for, super tweakers only? 95% of gamers just want to know the comparison, so they can make a smart choice.
 
 
0 #3 nt300 2012-01-02 02:53
The article is only showing how well the HD 7970 Overclocks, that is all. And I have to admit it's quite impressive to see such a bump in clock speed. Will it translate into performance? Definitely YES. For as long as I can remember ATI cards always performed great when OC'ing the GPU, but not so much for a memory OC.
So again, right now as it stands, I don't care about how this card performs versus the GTX580/HD6990 at stock and OC'ed. That information should come out very soon in the new year. Then we can talk about how well or not so well it performs vs. the competition.
 
 
+3 #4 DaRAGE 2012-01-02 05:26
Yeah but did you see the skills needed to get it to this speed? They're soldering multiple wires from one location to another location on the board. I'm not doing that to my $550 card...
 
 
+1 #5 Jurassic1024 2012-01-02 09:07
Quoting DaRAGE:
Yeah but did you see the skills needed to get it to this speed? They're soldering multiple wires from one location to another location on the board. I'm not doing that to my $550 card...



You won't have to:
http://www.legitreviews.com/news/12111/
 
 
+2 #6 Medallish 2012-01-02 09:14
Quoting Jurassic1024:
Quoting DaRAGE:
Yeah but did you see the skills needed to get it to this speed? They're soldering multiple wires from one location to another location on the board. I'm not doing that to my $550 card...



You won't have to:
http://www.legitreviews.com/news/12111/


Seriously how epic is the Tahiti core? That card is going to be insane!
 
 
+2 #7 techno 2012-01-02 10:40
This is going to seriously knock Nvidia.
Given that the 7970 at reference is 20-30% faster than a 580 then these oced 7970's are going to be about 70-75% faster than a 580.
Even if Nvidia's 780/680? is 2X the performance of their 580 which I doubt, this card is not out till late 2012 possibly 2013.
Amd will hold the high end for a whole year, and they are eating the low end with their apu's.
This is major bad news for Nvidia.
 
 
+2 #8 DaRAGE 2012-01-02 10:52
Quoting Medallish:
Seriously how epic is the Tahiti core? That card is going to be insane!


Yeah 1335 Mhz FTW!!! Cant wait.
 
 
+2 #9 The_Countess 2012-01-02 11:15
Quoting DaRAGE:
Yeah 1335 Mhz FTW!!! Cant wait.


+2?
 
 
0 #10 maroon1 2012-01-02 14:49
Quoting techno:
This is going to seriously knock Nvidia.
Given that the 7970 at reference is 20-30% faster than a 580 then these oced 7970's are going to be about 70-75% faster than a 580.
.


70-75% ?! Please stop exaggerating

Going from 925Mhz to 1.26GHz is 37% overclock

And keep in mind the performance may not scale linearly with clock speed in many games.
 

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