AMD Radeon HD 7970 Reviewed - The fastest single-GPU graphics card for gaming!
The reviews are up, but you won't be able to buy one until 09/01/2012. Even so, this looks like an awesome graphics card. Until nVidia release their GTX 780, the Radeon HD 7970 should remain the fastest (single GPU) graphics card you can buy. :)
Pricing is expected to be similar to that of a 3GB GTX 580 (~£380-£430). :eek:
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The ability to overclock it by ~20% is very impressive...
The Bottom Line
AMD has created an extremely efficient video card with the Radeon HD 7970, which is not surprising given the history of video cards the last couple of generations. What is surprising is the performance advantage compared to a Radeon HD 6970 in the power envelope it is operating. The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is eloquence and efficiency in design. It is not cheap, at $549 it will set you back a decent amount of cash. At this price it is more expensive than a standard GeForce GTX 580, as well Radeon HD 6970. Thankfully, the performance justifies the price, by producing greater real-world gameplay experience advantages and large framerate improvements. Our only real concern right now is quantity and availability. We should see full retail on these video cards around January 9th, so there is going to be a bit of waiting.
AMD has taken the performance crown back, and currently has the fastest single-GPU video card for PC gaming. We experienced dramatic improvements over the Radeon HD 6970, and consistent improvements over an overclocked GeForce GTX 580. In our experiences, it was the newest DX11 games that pushed Tessellation which received the most improvement. If future games use more Tessellation, we may see the Radeon HD 7970 separate itself in a greater degree from the Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 580.
Considering the performance advantages we experienced, the power efficiencies experienced, and the fact that we can finally play games with a single-GPU video card at 5760x1200 Eyefinity, we feel this video card deserves this award. (Source
If you have two Radeon HD 7970s, the second card will power itself off completely when you are not gaming.
It is also worth noting once again that the 7970 has advanced power technology which is able to power down our second card completely when not gaming. This offers considerable power savings over competing architectures where the second (or additional cards) draw power, even when in desktop mode. (Source