Maybe the Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards launched earlier this month wasn't quite your cup of tea. At $550, you should make damn sure your proverbial tea meets your tastes before you buy it. But that's the thing about graphics cards; like tea, they come in a variety of flavors. Today, AMD launched its second 28nm next-gen GPU, the Radeon HD 7950, another high-end offering -- but this one costs $100 less than its 7970 sibling.
Need a spec refresh? Here you go: the Radeon HD 7950 packs 800MHz core speeds, 3GB GDDR5 memory with a 1250MHz (5GHz effective) clock, 240GB/s memory bandwidth, 1792 stream processors, 112 texture units, Eyefinity and CrossFire support (duh), and a whole lot more, all of which you can find on the Radeon HD 7950 product page on AMD's website.
Of course, card manufacturers can put their own twist on things, as evidenced by taking a peek at the HD 7950 cards on offer over at Newegg. Sapphire, HIS, PowerColor, XFX, MSI and ASUS all have models for sale in prices ranging from $460 to $500, as does Gigabyte, whose $490 card is overclocked to 900MHz. Most of 'em are still in stock, too.
So, do any of you plan on picking one of these up? Which floats your personal boat more: the HD 7950 or the HD 7970?