Items tagged with Radeon HD 7970

If there's a universal truth among performance junkies, it's that records are meant to be broken. It doesn't matter if you're talking about the Olympics, racing the quarter-mile in a hotrod, or ripping through Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage benchmark at a breakneck pace, the latter of which overclocker J. Lin demonstrated using four HIS brand Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards.  J. Lin used a sophisticated LN2 cooling setup to chill the cards and overclock them to 1480/1910MHz, up from the stock clocks of 925/1375MHz. He was also aided by an Intel Core i7 3960X processor overclocked to 5.6GHz, 8GB... Read more...
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) doesn't appear terribly concerned with NVIDIA's Kepler architecture at the moment. If you recall, it took some time for AMD to roll out price cuts for its Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards after Kepler made its official entrance. But now that there's a dual-Kepler graphics card -- GeForce GTX 690, see our review here -- AMD can no longer claim it has the fastest single videocard on the planet. How do you respond if you're AMD? According to a report in Australia's Atomic MPC, AMD's response is to goose its Radeon HD 7970 graphics card and launch a GHz Edition SKU.... Read more...
Back when the first Kepler cards came out and reviews (including ours) showed the GeForce GTX 680 to be the all-around fastest single-GPU graphics card on the planet, the general consensus was that AMD would have to lower the price of its Radeon HD 7970 series. It didn't make sense to try and continue to sell the 7970 for $550 when gamers could take home a faster GTX 680 for $500, but somewhat surprisingly, AMD didn't budge. Well, now that some time has gone by, AMD is finally starting to lower the price of its Radeon HD 7970 and 7950 graphics cards, Fudzilla reports. According to Fudzilla, AMD... Read more...
There isn't much to fault about AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. Prior to Kepler, it was the fastest single-GPU graphics card on the market, and post-Kepler it's still a high performing part. It can also run a bit loud, particularly if you roll with a Crossfire configuration. What's an enthusiast to do? Cool it with water, of course! Swiftech just launched a new waterblock specifically for Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards. It's called the "Komodo HD7970" and it covers the full length of the card to protect not just the GPU, but the memory, power MOSFETs, and other digital bits. The Komodo is a... Read more...
The arrival of Kepler was a double-win for consumers. First, NVIDIA's highly anticipated GeForce GTX 680 graphics card upped the pixel pushing performance ante and took pole position as the fastest single-GPU card on the planet, pulling ahead of AMD's Radeon HD 7970 videocard in almost every situation (check out our review here). And secondly, NVIDIA managed to undercut the competition by pricing its GeForce GTX 680 at $500. That's hardly chump change, but hey, it's $50 cheaper than the competition's flagship GPU. The question is, can we expect a price war to ensue? Conventional wisdom says that... Read more...
Contrary to popular belief, lightning can strike twice in the same place. It's certainly struck MSI a number of times, which today announced the release of its R7970 Lightning edition graphics card featuring an all-new 'Unlocked Digital Power Architecture.' What that means is that it sports an unlocked BIOS, a Digital PWM Controller, and an enhanced power design, all of which are things that will appeal to overclockers looking to squeeze every ounce of performance available. Going through them one by one, MSI says a single click unlocks the BIOS to remove all protections for extreme overclocking.... Read more...
PowerColor on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's first and only Radeon HD 7970 graphics card with a liquid cooling solution attached. The company's new LCS HD7970 features a pre-installed waterblock provided by EK Waterblocks that has a nickel coated copper base extending over the key components. According to PowerColor, the waterblock is able to keep the GPU cooled to below 50C even under full load. The waterblock comes pre-fitted with high-flow 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch fittings (barbs) with captured O-rings to prevent leaking. As for the card itself, PowerColor took the liberty of... Read more...
The Asus Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP is a factory overclocked graphics card being pitched as the coolest and quietest 7970 money can buy. It's also the biggest. To keep thermals and noise in check, Asus slapped an ultra-wide cooling solution that, along with the PCB, takes up three three -- yes, THREE -- slots in your computer case. All that space isn't wasted. Asus' exclusive DirecCU II is a dual-fan cooler with six copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU. This new version has a 20 percent larger dissipation area than previous DirectCU coolers, giving it a cooling effectiveness... Read more...
Goose and Maverick aren't the only ones with a need, a need for speed (that's a Top Gun reference for you young guns out there, not a shout out to EA's Need for Speed series). Apparently AMD isn't content to simply own the fastest single-GPU graphics card on the planet, but it's also flirting with the idea of launching an overclocked version of its Radeon HD 7970 part. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, the Sunnyvale chip maker knows its GPU can dance the line at around 1,200MHz, so why not roll out an official version? That's the question AMD is currently mulling. "Several things indicate... Read more...