Published in Graphics
Today is AMD HD 7950 day
by Slobodan Simic on31 January 2012
Roundup: GTX 580 killer
AMD has finally released its latest AMD Radeon graphics card based on the Tahiti Pro GPU and AMD's new 28nm GCN architecture. By the looks of it and first reviewes, it looks like partners will have no trouble in selling the HD 7950 as it practically renders Nvidia's offering obsolete and uncompetitive.
As far as the specs go, the new HD 7950 is based on the 28nm Tahiti Pro GPU that feature 1792 stream processors, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs, or simply it has 28 GCN compute units (out of total 32 on the Radeon HD 7970 Tahiti XT GPU). The card packs 3GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with 384-bit memory interface. The reference clock for the GPU is set at 800MHz while memory ended up at 1250MHz (5GHz GDDR5 effective).
Due to the somewhat lower specs, the card draws less power and thus ends up with two 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors, rather than 8+6-pin found on the HD 7970. The only drawback is the actual price, but due to current situation on the market and lack of competition, we must note that the card is priced according to its performance.
When compared to the GTX 580, the HD 7950 ends up on par and even faster in some cases but at a bit lower price, since the GTX 580 is selling at around US $500 while the suggested price tag for the HD 7950 is set at US $449.
According to reviews around the net and our own for that matter, the HD 7950 sounds like a good deal, especially considering the fact that AMD gave a green light to its partners for non-reference cards. The card still overclocks pretty good and is enough for 1080p high-settings gaming.
You can check out our review here and found some of the others below.