This is the first graphics card using a 28nm GPU and supporting Direct3D 11.1 that will initially ship with Windows 8.
Coming along with 2048 stream processors, a 384 bit GDDR5 memory bus that provides 3.79TFLOPs of computing performance there are magnificent new technologies introduced with AMD's new high end GPU like AMD Eyefinity 2.0, GCN Architecture, AMD App Acceleration and PCI-Express 3.0 to only name a few.
This is definitely the product that gamers in 2012 will be looking for to make the most of latest games without compromises.
Eyefinity 2.0EYEFINITY 2.0
Eyefinity™ 2.0 Technology features all-new support for Stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation and brand new display configurations which allows the user to configure custom resolutions and the ability to relocate the Windows task bar to an arbitrary screen.
DIGITAL MULTI-POINT AUDIO (DDMA)
The next step in audio output from a graphics card. Traditionally video cards has been able to output audio through the HDMI port and audio has been restricted to to a single device, be it a monitor, HDTV or a receiver.
With DDMA now you can send audio to multiple devices via the DisplayPort combined with the HDMI.
Imagine a video conferencing where each attendee is mapped to a monitor and with DDMA set on each monitor speaker set.
Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture and AMD App Acceleration
A revolutionary new architecture. Jump right into GPGPU applications today with Microsoft C++ AMP™ and OpenCL™ for spectacular performance with the GCN architecture.
From video editors to Internet browsers, AMD App Acceleration™ is a supercharger for everyday applications. The Club 3D Radeon™ HD 7970 was engineered for the revolution in GPU compute.
ZERO CORE POWER
AMD is introducing with the Southern Islands chipset their long idle power saving technology. Now the graphics card can turn off most of its functional units of the GPU, when they are unused, leaving only the PCI Express bus and other components active. This as a result, reduce the power consumption from 15W at idle to under 3W in long idle, a power level low enough that Zero Core Power shuts off the fan as there is no heat generated further saving energy.
ZCP will put CrossFire™ grapics cards in ZCP when not in use.
PCI EXPRESS 3.0
4 years after the introduction of PCI-E 2.0, the all new PCI-E 3.0 specification is now introduced. Providing 1GB/sec per lane bidirectional, which for a X16 device means 16 GB/sec, doubling 8 GB/sec on the previous generation.
HDMIFAST HDMI Technology
With the introduction of the HD 6000 Series, HDMI 1.4a implementation allows the graphics card to enable Stereo 3D on HDTVs or monitor displays, this same feature is also found on the new HD 7970. Now with the introduction of HDMI support for 4K x 2K displays, the HD 7970 is now able to run 4K x 2K displays (max resolution 4096x3112) over HDMI along with being able to support 1080p Stereo 3D at 120fps (60Hz/eye), with the current standard set at 48fps (24hz/eye)
Dual BIOS Toggel Switch
The Club 3D Radeon™ HD 7970 comes with a toggle switch.
Setting 1: unprotected
Setting 2: factory defaults
The graphics card comes standard at 925 MHz GPU clock speed with an overclocking headroom at 1GHz and Beyond