AMD Lays Claim to "Graphics Crown" with Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

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noobstix

Well if a Radeon HD 7770 can reach 1 Ghz GPU clock speeds (although with inferior numbers), maybe the 8000 or 9000 series might have 1 Ghz X500 and X600 cards.

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AETAaAS

If I could put my 'ignorant' and 'cynical' hats on at the same time for just a moment; why was this not the configuration the card was released in?

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Ilander

They claim that the manufacturing yields have only now increased enough to bin the part this much, and also that the 1500MHz memory was unavailable in volume 6 months ago.

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AETAaAS

Ah, thanks. I was cynical because many manufacturers already have their own in-house 1GHz+ versions of the 7970. :)

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Cy-Kill

Just release the 7990 already!

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John Pombrio

But wait, there's more! I just purchased two EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked Signature video cards that are 10% or so o/c at the manufacturer. Now how do those compare to this overclocked 7970s? How much extra headroom is there on either card for even MORE o/c?
One nice thing about the Sig cards is that they are very quiet, which I did not expect.
Man, I have not seen such a close race on graphics cards like this. the raw numbers are with AMD but the overall benchmarks mostly prefer NVidia. Either card would work great on my system. I just prefer one brand and one manufacturer over the other.
And this is just the beginning of these cards, more memory, better yields leading to faster chips, and better tweaks to software and power distribution could add another 20% to these cards in the future.
I LOVE competition!

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Refuge88

I love compition too, but lets not forget so quickyl that the 680 isn't the REAL Kepler.

So right now Nvidia is just price gouging because they can.

Don't get me wrong I still prefer Nvidia, and were I in their place I would do the exact same thing.

Just saying it makes me feel a bit better because it kinda stinks knowing there is better its just not for sale.

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John Pombrio

Refuge, good post. I have been saying that about the Kepler series from when they first came out. GF104 is LITTLE Kepler and the GF100 will be the BIG Kepler. I was going to wait for Big Kepler (I still have room for ONE more GPU upgrade tho, just in case!).
Here's the thing. Big Kepler is going to be NVidia's GPU flagship for CUDA, if it turns out to be their top end graphics card, that is beside the point for them. Its going to be a HUGE chip with most of the room for doing math processing, not just for graphics cores.
This is VERY different than Fermi which did both. The GF104 Kepler had all those math processors pulled out to make it run cooler and with more headroom but gave CUDA/GL operations crown to AMD (for now).
Now BIG Kepler is going to be EXPENSIVE (double the die size), a power hog (all those math processors), and geared towards the CUDA crowd. It will also not be released to at LEAST 2013 was the latest I heard (yesterday).
That is why I went with the GTX 680. Does the job, runs quiet, good headroom for o/c, and is a proven performer.
Time will tell about BIG Kepler but it may not turn out the way we are hoping it will.

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Number Six

Your post is 100% correct. GK110 (Big Kepler?) is not a consumer part.

-Six

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Baer

My leanings went to NV last fall when Skyrim came out and NV had beta SLI drivers to support it on day 1 and AMD took weeks, in fact you had to disable one of your AMD cards to play at first.
They do seem to be neck and neck in hardware lately with each one upping the other every few months but I have been stung with AMD drivers before and I still give NVIDIA the nod in that so very important area.
I totally agree with John, the competition is good for us all.

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Nimrod

You havent been uing nVidia for very long have you? Ive been using their cards since GeForce3 and there have been entire AAA titles i couldnt play at all because if their shit drivers.

I dont understand what the deal is with people who pretend to know drivers. They pretty much suck across the board(pun) in all cases. But no, im sure their BETA SLI drivers are bug free and never crash right? Yeah no.

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Ilander

So, with the clock boost and the newest drivers, this card is technically faster than a GTX 680 (not in every game, but most), making it the fastest single GPU available, a thing not mentioned in the article. AMD isn't crowing about the 1GHz part, because the HD 4890 actually was the first 1GHz graphics card to be commercially available (not a home OC)...unless you count shader clocks, which would have been the Geforce 8800 series.

Come on, guys. It's the same as the 7900 GTX and the X1900XTX, they're really darn close to the same speed, and they'll keep releasing tweaked versions to say they're the fastest. At least be honest and say who it is currently, but please mention by what percentage.

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vrmlbasic

I'm confused, what "crown" does this 1 ghz card get AMD?

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Jeffredo

And you know Nvidia has their Ace still up their sleeve. GTX 680 isn't the fastest Kepler - NV is just milking the current situation.

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kixofmyg0t

Let me quote Anandtech,

"For the first time in 6 years we can say that AMD is truly competitive for the single-GPU performance crown. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition isn’t quite fast enough to outright win, but it is unquestionably fast enough to tie the GeForce GTX 680 as the fastest single-GPU video card in the world today."

That crown.

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Jeffredo

Exactly. The crown of being able to compete at the very top end with a single GPU (for once).

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gendoikari1

That only took me a grand total of 20 seconds in CCC to accomplish...

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