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The tug-of-war continues as AMD retakes the speed crown

The tug-of-war continues as AMD retakes the speed crown


In the neverending battle of who’s e-peen swings longer, AMD today announces the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, which retakes the speed crown for single GPU cards from NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 680.

The 7970 GHz carries a core clock of 1050MHz and a GDDR5 clock of 1500mhz and the MSRP will be $499. Since this is Expo Icrontic 2012 and we’re extremely busy playing games and partying with our community, I’ll let our friends at TweakTown give you the full scoop.

Even though it’s faster and better than anything in its class right now, it’s not a huge OMGWTF exciting new card; TweakTown’s Shane Baxtor says it like this:

As you move down the resolution table you see the balance in speed shift with the NVIDIA offerings take the lead. If you’re gaming at 2560 x 1600 or 2560 x 1440 we’d find it easier to recommend the HD 7970 GHz Edition over the GTX 680. At the lower resolutions, though, you’d probably lean towards the NVIDIA offering.

The newly-announced offerings from board partners like ASUS, Gigabyte, HIS, MSI,  TUL, XFX, and SAPPHIRE will be certainly more exciting than the reference cards that are out for review now. SAPPHIRE, for example, today announced new TOXIC and Vapor-X models based on the 7970 GHz. The TOXIC Edition is a limited edition factory overclocked model while the Vapor-X uses SAPPHIRE’s Vapour Chamber cooling technology for quieter operation.

GCN (Graphics Core Next) is compelling, and this is a good foray into introducing more consumers to the Radeon philosophy. It may not be the Radeon card everyone deserves, but it might be the one some people need? For now? Does that make sense?


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