PowerColor has proven to be quite the tease these past few weeks by leaking pictures of custom cooled AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards, including one with a waterblock. More recently, PowerColor posed a dual-fan Radeon HD 7970 videocard for a single-shot photo shoot, which apparently served as a short precursor to its official debut.
What the graphics card maker teased the other day is the " PowerColor HD7970 3GB GDDR5 (V2) ," which sounds only slightly less clumsy than its part number (AX7970 3GBD5-2DHV2). PowerColor gave the 7970 a cooling makeover that consists of a dual-fan heatsink with two 92mm fans and "unique SSU-shape heatpipe design," and these work together to dissipate heat up to 15 percent quieter than AMD's reference design, the company claims.
Underneath the cooling solution is a 7970 GPU clocked at 925MHz and 3GB of GDDR5 clocked at 1,375MHz on a 384-bit bus, same as reference. In other words, PowerColor's simply pitching a quieter card with potentially greater overclocking headroom. That's not a bad combination, though it would help the decision making process if the company revealed a price and/or release date, which it hasn't yet.
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