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.