AMD Radeon HD 7970 Video Card Review @ [H]

Discussion in 'AMD Flavor' started by Brent_Justice, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. Lord_Exodia

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    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1662914

    I made a thread but I would really like to know if this is still happening with the Tahiti cards too. Anyone with hands on eyefinity experience should be able to help. E.G. Brent :D
     
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    I dont think Frys is a great example of MSRP prices. Their videocards are always higher priced than MSRP. So I think $550 at newegg/amazon may still be the possible price
     
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    Yea frys isn't exactly the poster boy of msrp.
     
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    I didn't read the entire thread but you guys didn't have a reference GTX580 for comparison? I know alot of people skim over the review and miss important details like the fact you used an overclocked GTX580 and think the GTX580 is more competetive than it really is. Fact is the overclocked GTX580 in the review is $50 more than the 7970 while being significantly slower. Nice job AMD, Nvidia has their work cut out for them.
     
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    Any guess if the Universal GPU Water Block will fit this? Any measurements of socket holes?
     
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  12. Brent_Justice

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    This thing overclocks like a monster, more later...
     
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    and all the while staying cool....
     
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    Yeah, that seems to be the consensus. Do you think the clocks were kept low to help with yields? It almost seems that AMD was too conservative with the stock clocks, but with this kind of headroom is also gives the partners a lot of ways to differentiate the product. I would imagine there will be a lot of 7970 parts with very high clocks and much higher price tags than $550.
     
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    Not sure what the point to keeping the clocks so far down was. In my opinion it would be to keep the power numbers down, so they can say they released a product that follows their line of thinking (at least in the past few generations). Low power, high performance, won't break your PSU.

    Honestly its a good thing to release them with such low power needed, leave the [H] with mega PSU's to OC them, give them to the populace with out requiring much of an upgrade to utilize them.
     
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    Out of the 18 cards listed at Newegg in the $500-$750 category, 16 of 18 are nVidia based cards. I see nothing wrong with asking a fair price for an OEM-offered, highly overclocked card that carries the same warranty as a stock card. I'll take two, please. :D
     
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    I'm confident AMD released this with low clocks and disabled parts on the GPU on purpose. Yeilds possibly but from the looks of it after production matures I'm sure they could easily release a fully operational core at 1100Mhz and call it a day whenever nvidia releases 780.

    Sorta like intel releasing chips at such a low speed compared to what they are capable of. If AMD ever releases a SuperDozer they can just up it to 40x and crush it.
     
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    followup review soon? if so can't wait
     
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    That's great news, hopefully this will keep the gouging from stopping or at least minimize the gouging. I don't expect a price cut without any major competition for the crown yet.
     
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    such a tease...
     
  23. Lord_Exodia

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    It's like getting a chance with your dream girl and she only lets you put the tip in :D
     
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    You're getting blue balls over this? Really? ;)
     
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    I had opened several threads in "new tabs" and at first I thought it was elite.mafias v-card thread :eek:

    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1663497 (genmay access required)
     
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    Naw not really, I was just poking fun, however

    I will say that I would get blue balls if brent said...

    I am working on a crossfire eyefinity reveiw with overclocking #s where we push the cards to the max we can get it on air with software voltage boost and post performance #s on 15 of the newest and most popular games

    That would give me BB
     
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    NEED MORE!!

    Can't wait to see what they can do in BF3 eyefinity oc'ed to the hilt.
     
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    As I understand it, you can split a DP port into two DVI or HDMI ports. So has anyone tried 5-monitor gaming on the 7970? You'd probably need two crossfired.
     
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    I saw a while back (during the launch of the HD5K series) a few concept DP to dual single link DVI and DP to dual HDMI adapters, but I can't seem to find any now.
     
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    So as far as performance what's better?

    1x7970 vs 2x6970
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    1x7970 vs 1x6970+1x6950

    Just wondering if I should upgrade or pick up a 2nd card and be done with it. Or should I just wait and see what kind of OC'd cards they come out with? hrmmmmm
     
  32. Zarathustra[H]

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    Well, let's see.

    From what I can tell from poking around.

    At stock clocks the 6970 SLI is faster in the vast majority of games.

    Overclocked, the 7970 is almost as fast as two 6970's in SLI. As has been said, it appears to overclock like mad.

    I have no experience with asynchronous CFX, so I can't speak to this.

    No one can make that decision for you.

    Personally my plan is to sell my two 6970's with one 7970 and overclock it, losing only a few percent of performance, and then saving up for a second 7970.

    I won't be doing this right away though. If Nvidia pulls a surprise in the short term (which I doubt) I may wind up trying them instead.
     
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    In practical matter a 7970 is the best option vs crossfire.
    any diffference in fps is at best not noticeable.
     
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    +1 And if they can come thru with improving on their drivers now, AMD cards will be damn impressive going forward.
     
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    Good LORD if this had Physx support.....:(

    I want to give away my 6870 and go back to my geforce 295 because of the comparison videos with physx on Batman Arkham City.
     
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    Just wait for Nvidia's next card. ;) Hopefully, Nvidia announces something at CES - I'd really like to see how they counter 7970.
     
  37. DarkStryke

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    Blame nVidia for that one, but who seriously cares about physx? Akham city is the first game in 5 years of it's existence that you could argue has shown some worth.
     
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    and even then, it's only a few hours long
    it's not a game you commit to like skyrim, etc.
     
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    a few hours long? what? Arkham City is easily a game you can get well over 50 hours out of.
     
  40. Zarathustra[H]

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    Meh, PhysX is pretty much dead after this generation of game engines anyway, now that we have OpenCompute.