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    AMD Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card Review


    Welcome to another AMD-releases-new-architecture review. Hopefully this one will go a bit better than the last one. Bulldozer was a disappointment to many. While I still hold it's a solid CPU for the price point AMD set (but not current over-inflated retail prices), it definitely wasn't the jump over Thuban everyone wanted it to be.

    Enter Southern Islands and Graphics Core Next (GCN), a fundamental change to AMD's approach to graphics processing. Will it struggle like AMD's last fundamental change or will it rise above and be crowned the new king of graphics cores? Let's find out, shall we?
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    Very impressive, not as strong as I had hoped given the price tag but still a great offering from AMD, now the wait to get my hands on it.

    Great review Hokie as always, looks like you had loads of fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brolloks View Post
    Very impressive, not as strong as I had hoped given the price tag but still a great offering from AMD, now the wait to get my hands on it.

    Great review Hokie as always, looks like you had loads of fun
    Thanks! It was a wild six days. The only thing that would have been better is if there were voltage control.

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    The OC on that card at stock volts is really impressive, with a few extra volts it should easily get to 1200-1300 on the core, very promising indeed, and that is with initial drivers as well !!

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    Good review, Hokie. That card is a monster. If I hadn't bought these 570s I'd probably be going for that beast. I can't believe how badly it just wrecks the 580. What I thought was most impressive is how close it's performance is to a 6990, not too far off.

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    It's not as good as I hoped, but better than I expected.

    I can't wait for voltage control OCing results


    Too bad it's about $400 too expensive for me.
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    Awesome review, can't wait to get my hands on one of these!
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    With the heavily revamped compute oriented design they put into these new GPUs I bet that they are F@H monsters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    I think 4 of those will soon become the new "worlds fastest PC", combined with a dual CPU board. The compute power surely is never seen before for a single chip, about 3.8 Teraflops each GPU, its totaly crazy and will take a while till we see a counterattack.
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    Hokie... any ideas on subzero performance? Is that coming in the near future?

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    Hokie doesn't have a GPU pot, but I believe we have some other samples in the works as well as a loaner GPU pot floating around - so I'd call that a maybe? I'd be interested in helping make that happen.
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    Nice review.

    I only had time to skim it - are there any full SNB-E results? Unleash all the SNB-E cores, overclocked, with an overclocked 7970 then an overclocked 580. It should net you some pretty high scores, and give you an idea how the top (single card) set-up these days should perform?

    I suspect of course that most people with SNB-E cash will not stop at one GPU
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    Looks like a great upgrade for me when IB hits retail shelf and 2 of these sexy cards
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    Great review Hokie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Did they truly achieve 1125 MHZ only by using CCC and without any volt mods? I mean thats shocking to hear, forbidden stuff. 144 Gtexel each core? So in CF its close to 300 Gtexel? When i think about, AMDs Radeon placed a hard hit on Nvidia, i must say. It may not always look as good on the paper but i say again, we have to take into account that many games and drivers simply are not optimized for that GPU still, same counts for the used systems. Well, Merry Xmas and thanks to AMD for sharing, still. For me its to soon to buy another GPU, maybe on my next Ivy Bridge PC, so all i wanted is to hear enjoyable news. But im pretty sure the people who wanna buy the stuff will be provided with in a few weeks, just have some patience!

    Thanks for review, great stuff, i truly had to gaze on it for some hours, i usualy dont do that. But it kinda was enjoyable to read in some way.
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    Thanks for the great review!! I will be buying one of these bad boys when Ivy bridge is out

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    very informative review, Jeremy. I love ready most of the ocforums future product reviews, and this was no different.

    I think that the msi afterburner 2.2 beta is supposed to be updated for this card. dont have the card to test. You can either try it yourself or send me the card to try.
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    nice card, nice review ... but I'm already sad about price as I was counting to buy some new card soon, just not for so much ...

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    So, someone reviewed this card, but didn't even know what the power tune feature of CCC increases?
    Hard to take it seriously when I read things like that.

    Also, lots of people play Dx9 games. COD MW3, Skyrim, The Witcher 2, etc....

    Turning down detail levels to raise a benchmark score? What is going on here? I am astonished at the things I have read in this review.
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