Product on Review: AMD HD7970
Manufacturer and Sponsor: AMD
Street Price: £480-500 inc VAT
With the NDA brought forward a couple of weeks, just in time for the festive season we can reveal not just a brief overview of the product but a full, in-depth review of the HD7970. With any new highly anticipated product launch, especially graphics cards, there is speculation galore regarding the products performance. I have seen estimations and 'leaked' bar charts suggesting the HD7970 to be a GTX580 killer, while others claim its performance is little better than its forbear, the HD6970. There is some truth to one of those statements while the other is wildly inaccurate. You will have to read the full review to find out which is which!
It's been a year almost to the day (15/12/2010) since the Caymen XT equipped HD6970 hit the shelves and with the festive season almost underway, we see the replacement HD7970 featuring AMD's latest flagship sliver of silicon, the Tahiti GPU core processor. As we will see throughout the review, the new core is not the only improvement over it's older brother so without further delay, let's take a look at the specifications of the new graphics card and give you a full breakdown of the new Tahiti core.
Here's what AMD has to say about their latest creation:
AMD has a tradition of releasing highly competitive graphics processing units. In late 2010 AMD changed the graphics product market by releasing its highly competitive single GPU graphics product series; AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 and AMD Radeon™ HD 6900 series graphics. Then at the beginning of 2011 AMD released the world’s fastest graphics card* – The AMD Radeon™ HD 6990. Building upon the success of these series, AMD is proud to present its newest AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 series graphics and it’s new single GPU graphics card behemoth, the AMD Radeon™ HD 7970.