AMD Radeon HD 7970 Reference Board Design, Specifications, & Benchmarks Leak

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Cranemaster

if the 7850 is anything like my 5850 then il be buying one on release. just a couple weeks ago I picked upna second 5850 for $80... 9'400 in 3d mark 2011..... not to shabby for 2009 cards with approx $360 invested in total. beats the pants off my friends gtx580 he recently got for much over $500. overall impressed and looking forward to the new cards 

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slynn12

how much is this bad boy gonna cost??  I seriously need to upgrade my old HD4870. Will a 6 to 8pin merg cord work?(noob alert) if not so i will probs gotta invest in a new psu too

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The Corrupted One

Who can guess what the recomended system requirements for Crysis 3 will be?

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kixofmyg0t

a Intel Core i9-5600k or better

24GB of RAM

Radeon 9870x2 or GeForce 880GTX Ti Pro 4GB

It will reqiure DX11 even though like every other DX11 game to date will render everything but water using DX9 level code....yet everyone will bitch about it because it doesnt use DX12. 

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LatiosXT

Why do I have a hard time believing those performance metrics? But then again, hadn't AMD taken DX11 to the back burner for a while?

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TechLarry

Still only two display port connectors.  I'm holding off until they ship one with three.

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kixofmyg0t

What about the 7870 and 7850?

Im pretty interested in the 7800 series. 

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h e x e n

Buying.

I'll probably use these with my first personal intel build, assuming the boards have support for multiple AMD gpu's.

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Gezzer

Looks good so far.

Hopfully a couple of 7970's will come out with already installed water blocks. I'd be grabbing them in a heart beat. I've read though that Dec 22nd is more of a paper launch then an actual lunch (surprised?). So quanity at retail is still most likely early Jan. SWtOR in Eyefinity here I come. oh and Skyrim too. :)

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Holly Golightly

I hope this generation comes with those cool metal backplates. Design is key for me. The previous generations did come with them, but by the second half of the 6,000 series time, they no longer came with them, so I am a bit worried, design-wise.

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big_montana

I could care less about design, as performance is key indicator. It could be the fugliest card on the planet, but if it performs to spec and as advertised, I will purchase it.

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Carlidan

Girl= must look pretty

Guys= who cares! show me performance!

Was kidding Holly. Just messing around. :)

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Holly Golightly

L.O.L.! 

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Carlidan

Girl= must look pretty

Guys= who cares! show me performance!

Was kidding Holly. Just messing around. :)

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biggiebob12345

I'll wait for nvidia.  More mature drivers, more polished interface, and better OEM partners.  My current 5850 is/was a massive disappointment.

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noobstix

As long as this card is only hand-crafted by the best of 3rd-parties, then I would love to see it do very well (i.e. if there's a Best Data version, I would vomit my guts out).

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std error

I'll have 2 please. I will be feeding them BF3 Ultra in Eyefinity

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Kinetic

Impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing what MSI and Asus can do with this board.

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warptek2010

Always been confused on one issue. Most baselines always mention DX9 performance. What happened to DX10? Or is that Vista only...

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Justin.Kerr

DX 10 is supported in Windows 7, but only a half dozen titles really ended up using. Even Bioshock for example which advertises DirectX10 only used it to enhance the water.

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The Corrupted One

If those benchmarks are true.

Wow, forget the 6850 i'm about to buy. Just buy 2 of these and mine bitcoin/ play Metro Last Light on ultra on 10 screens.

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Danthrax66

Metro is honestly less demanding than The Witcher 2 to my surprise I put it on ultra with my 5870 and got 10 fps... I couldn't believe it.

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Rift2

I get 30-40 fps in with the Witcher 2 with a 550ti =) and a Phenom quad =)

 On High but not Ultra

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