Another day, another pair of new AMD Radeon HD graphics cards. Didn't we just say that yesterday? In another fine example of how quickly things move in today's age, several companies unleashed a smorgasbord of new AMD Radeon cards today and made our previous statements obsolete. How many cards constitute a smorgasbord? Seven, by our count, and the good news is that most of the new releases are higher-end models.
Leading the charge is the MSI R7970 Lightning, a new flagship model equipped with MSI's Twin Frozr IV cooling/dust removal tech and Class III military-grade components. The 230W card comes clocked at 1070MHz with 3GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5.6GHz. MSI tossed in all kinds of tech that it claims makes the card quieter and friendlier to overclocking than ever before. Check out more about it here.
Gigabyte rolled out a pair of new 7800 cards, meanwhile: the GV-R787OC-2GD and GV-R785OC-2GD. Both are overclocked (to 1.1GHz and 975MHz, respectively) and sport different fan designs from the reference 7800 models. Gigabyte's 7870 card rocks a triple fan Windforce 3x setup with a pair of 8mm heat pipes and something called "Triangle Cool Technology." The 7850, on the other hand, rocks a pair of fans and a pair of heat pipes. Read more details here.
TechPowerUp is reporting that HIS has launched no less than four new Radeon 7900 cards; a pair of 7970s and a pair of 7950s. The 7950s use HIS' IceQ iTurbo cooling system, while the 7970s use the IceQ X² cooling solution. The HIS HD 7970 IceQ X² and HIS HD 7950 IceQ both use stock speeds, while the HIS HD IceQ X² Turbo and HIS HD 7950 IceQ Turbo provide bumps to core/memory and core speeds, respectively. TechPowerUp has more details about the cooling systems for both the 7970 models and the 7950 models.