AMD launches "World's fastest single-GPU graphics card"

AMD is hoping to gain some points among hardcore PC users with its latest graphics card launch. Today the company officially revealed the Radeon HD 7970 which it claims is the world's fastest graphics card with a single GPU solution. It's also AMD's first graphics chip that was made under the new 28nm manufactoring process.

The hardware specs for the Radeon HD 7970 are pretty incredible. It has 3 GB of GDDR5 memory, support for PCI Express 3.0, support for DirectX 11.1 (coming in Windows 8), a clock speed of 925MHz, 2,048 Stream processors and more. It also has what AMD is calling its ZeroCore Power Technology which allows the graphics card to use much less power on your PC when not in full use.

So far the reviews of the Radeon HD 7970 from web sites like AnandTech, HardOCP and others seem to confirm AMD's hype that the graphics card will indeed be the fastest gamers can buy with just a single GPU. However it will be a costly purchase: AMD will launch the Radeon HD 7970 on January 9 for a whopping $549.

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lol at the people who are like $50 doesnt make a difference. x2 = $100 if your gonna have dual of these. $100 in my pocket when building a system is enuff to buy you a fair few extra options. So imho it does make a difference.

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Colicab said,
lol at the people who are like $50 doesnt make a difference. x2 = $100 if your gonna have dual of these. $100 in my pocket when building a system is enuff to buy you a fair few extra options. So imho it does make a difference.

Want! Tho

If you're buying two you can easily afford the extra $100 without compromising the system in other areas.

There is no way I will pay $500 for a GPU. I don't even need a card like this. Buy the time I would even consider it, it would have to be $100 or less.

Even if you are a hardcore gamer, what kinda game needs this?!

TechieXP said,
There is no way I will pay $500 for a GPU. I don't even need a card like this. Buy the time I would even consider it, it would have to be $100 or less.

Even if you are a hardcore gamer, what kinda game needs this?!


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TechieXP said,
There is no way I will pay $500 for a GPU. I don't even need a card like this. Buy the time I would even consider it, it would have to be $100 or less.

Even if you are a hardcore gamer, what kinda game needs this?!

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Nintendo needs put this graphics chip in there Wii U then it'll be a true king thats a real next gen console with better graphics than ps3/360.

O Kepler, where art thou?
I hope green team doesn't get blinded by this and don't rush their counterpart to the market.

Saex_Conroy said,
in time it will be needed, so far its useless

buying it after 4-5 years will make more sense

I imagine the performance of this card would be produced with medium-range cards in 4 to 5 years.

Anaron said,
I imagine the performance of this card would be produced with medium-range cards in 4 to 5 years.

You mean low-end cards? As cards seem to double in performance (give or take a few percentage of course), I can see a mid-range card doing this within 2 years.

Tony. said,

You mean low-end cards? As cards seem to double in performance (give or take a few percentage of course), I can see a mid-range card doing this within 2 years.

I was going to say medium- to low-range but I wanted to play it safe. Performance goes up considerably with each generation but that isn't always the case, as evidenced by the HD 6000 series. I think AMD's main goal, right now, is to achieve efficiency and to gain performance as a result of that.

Also, the Radeon HD 7970 is a beast. It has 4.31 billion transistors and over 3.5 teraflops of compute performance (thanks to the new GCN architecture). It'd be hard to match that with a single medium-range GPU in 2 years time.

AMD really needs to come up with a better stock cooling solution. Their standard shroud and fan combo is terrible. It hasn't changed in years.

ahhell said,
AMD really needs to come up with a better stock cooling solution. Their standard shroud and fan combo is terrible. It hasn't changed in years.
It gets the job done. And the HD 7970 features a reference cooler with a new design that brings improved cooling (as well as acoustics).

Pretty much what Anaron said, just because it looks the same doesn't mean it is. They're using a new vapor chamber design in these for more efficient cooling. Don't judge a book by it's cover. Plus I'm sure it won't be long before we start seeing vendors add their own cooling solutions to them.

Zeet said,
And soon shortly Nvidia releases something even better...
That may be true; however, it'll definitely be more expensive and less efficient.

Zeet said,
And soon shortly Nvidia releases something even better...

I think it's the end of the competitors releasing head on head GPU's during launch. They seem to release GPU's at different times of the year.

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Anaron said,
It'd be even better if they sold it at $499.

Because who can afford that extra $50 when spending $500 on a video card??

Xenomorph said,

Because who can afford that extra $50 when spending $500 on a video card??

You'd be wise not to ask a silly question like that.

Xenomorph said,

Because who can afford that extra $50 when spending $500 on a video card??

If you can afford $500 you can afford the extra $50 if you want ti bad enough

Gerowen said,
Next gen consoles need this...
Maybe next gen consoles will use something like this, but then they'll keep the same hardware for another 10 years.

Wolfbane said,
Maybe next gen consoles will use something like this, but then they'll keep the same hardware for another 10 years.

Maybe not. What we saw in the last 6 years (if we take into account the 360) was because of the World's crysis. If economy gets better in the following years, we won't be seeing that long life span which consoles are having today.

I myself don't complain, though.

IntelliMoo said,
PLEASE make a driver that lives up to it AMD!

Same thoughts. Hope they get make good drivers and be proactive to it. Nvidia wins hands down if we take into drivers.

Pam14160 said,
Not sure what I would use it for, however,. . .

Indeed. My GTX 560 Ti runs pretty much anything nicely at 1920x1200 and there are still pretty much no games that truly use DX11 to need to really fast cards. GPU tech has gone forward faster than graphics.