From preview to stable, AMD put the finishing touches on its Catalyst 12.1 driver package and has made it available as a stable download. Curiously missing in the release notes is implicit support for AMD's new Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, or any of the other unreleased 7000 Series, and the same applies to the 12.2 preview release, which also just became available.
One of the big draws to buying an XFX brand videocard is the modder friendly warranty that lets users swap heatsinks and overclock their GPUs without voiding the so-called 'Double Lifetime Warranty,' which is marketing speak for a lifetime guarantee that's transferable to a second owner (provided you registere your card within 30 days of purchase). Now we're hearing that this awesome backing won't apply to AMD's new Radeon HD 7000 series.
If every PC gamer had $550+ to spend on a graphics card, AMD's Radeon HD 7970 would be the hottest selling GPU around. Not everyone does, however, and for some people, AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 7950 presents a compelling compromise between owning a card based on Santa Clara's next-generation GPU architecture and pocketing a few extra bucks in the process. Your time is coming.
Multiple reports up to this point suggest Nvidia will steal back the performance crown from AMD when Kepler arrives, a notion that was highlighted when longtime Nvidia critic, Charlie Demerjian, sang high praise for Kepler at SemiAccurate. But what might be most telling is Nvidia's willingness to talk a little smack before Kepler comes to town, as has been reported.
EVGA this week rolled out a new version of its Precision "Advanced Graphics Tuning" software, a utility used to monitor your graphics card(s) and overclock. Four sliders let you adjust the core clockspeed, shader clockspeed, memory clockspeed, and fan speed on up to four GPUs, while temps and speeds are displayed in a real-time monitor on the left-hand side of the UI.
There's a new GPU-Z build available -- version 0.5.8 -- that adds improved support for Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards, including the ability to monitor voltages, improved real-time clock monitoring, and improved default clock reading (which also applies to Fusion). In addition to better handling of Radeon HD 7970 GPUs, support for which was added in version 0.5.7, the latest GPU-Z build includes a number of other tweaks that improve the overall program.
AMD is expected to launch its Radeon HD 7950 graphics card in a little less than two weeks from now on January 31, 2012, for around $400 to $450, if the Internet rumors prove true. In the meantime, Sapphire apparently has an overclocked version in the works, with several official looking picture having been leaked to the Web.
The world of technology is really a series of chess matches between various rivals, each one making moves based on a playing board created by the other, all in an attempt to gain an edge and, if possible, declare checkmate (without running afoul of antitrust laws, of course). Two of the bigger participants are AMD and Nvidia, and to counter AMD's recent Radeon HD 7000 series launch, Nvidia may opt to release its upcoming GeForce GTX 680 graphics card a month early.
If you've been postponing your graphics card upgrade until AMD ships its Radeon HD 7950 GPU, go grab a pen or permanent marker and circle January 31, 2012 on your calendar. That's the day it will reportedly go on sale, following the launch of AMD's Radeon HD 7970 videocard, which is available to purchase right now for around $600.
It’s CES time! You know what that means: a ton of new, awesome looking tech is going to be unveiled this week, some of which will never actually see the light of day, and the things that actually end up launching won’t hit the streets for a while yet. Before we dive too deeply into the future, let’s take a look at something that’s actually in the here and now. Today, Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards actually started shipping. Early adopters rejoice!