The Radeon HD 7970 Recap

by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/22/2011 4:11 AM EST


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  • ImSpartacus - Thursday, December 22, 2011 - link

    I like the concept of a 'recap' for major product releases. Give me a taste of the Anandtech review and point me to other publications for supplementary reading.

    Spartacus approves!
  • WeaselITB - Thursday, December 22, 2011 - link

    I agree - I like this short snippet as a solid teaser of the full review. Reply
  • formulav8 - Friday, December 23, 2011 - link

    A recap should at least include some overclocking info. :p Reply
  • chizow - Thursday, December 22, 2011 - link

    Its a solid card for sure, I like how AMD has stepped up the underpinnings of the card to make it truly high-end (384-bit bus, 3GB default frame buffer).

    The price is justified given the current landscape but I think it will be short-lived at the top. Once Kepler arrives, I think there's little doubt the 7970 will be brushed aside to the 2nd (or 3rd spot) and ATI will need to counter with an X2 solution like a 7990....prompting Nvidia to go GTX 790 in response...and so on.

    I think it really comes down to where you are on the Tick Tock cadence for GPUs, with Nvidia or AMD being the tick/tocks. If you are currently using Nvidia's last few Ticks, there's probably not much reason for you to upgrade to 7970 for 15-25% improvement for cards that are 12-18 months old. You'll probably just wait for Kepler. If you are currently using AMD's last few Ticks, you're more likely to be tempted for that 30-50% increase in performance to replace those 14-24 month old cards.

    Also find it pretty interesting there's not all the usual angst and rage over this paper launch, maybe it only goes one way? I guess we will see if this earns Nvidia any amnesty next time they try the same? ;)
  • bmo98 - Friday, December 23, 2011 - link

    That describes me to a tee, i have an ageing 4890 hd and it pains me when playing titles that are dx11 with teselation. Skyrim looks bad on my card so i will be getting a 7950 as a 7970 is probably way over priced. Reply
  • jjj - Thursday, December 22, 2011 - link

    I was curious to see how it does in winzip,sony vegas and other mainstream programs that do use the GPU. Reply
  • Warren21 - Friday, December 23, 2011 - link

    How is this a fair statement? AMD is simply charging what it can compared with where nVidia is more than happy to set the bar. Compare pricing on a 3GB GTX 580 and you get even more value.

    This is a halo product, it's going to have a halo price.

    " Its performance and power consumption justify the premium over the GeForce GTX 580, but if you were hoping for something in the $200 - $300 price range this isn't the 28nm GPU for you. "

    I'd expect people wanting something that beat a $500 GTX 580 wouldn't expect to pay mid-range pricing.

    I will agree relative to the 48xx and 58xx cards it isn't groundbreaking $/perf, that cannot be argued. Halo products rarely give that kind of value, RV770 and Evergreen spoiled us in that respect. It might also be fair to say that AMD was undercutting themselves when they launched those cards.

    What I will say is that I find it hard to call the pricing an "issue".
  • slagar - Friday, December 23, 2011 - link

    I think this is a great piece of work by AMD. It may not have as dramatic an increase in performance as we've seen over the last few years, but it's still a noticeable cut above. The price is warranted IMO - AMD has truly spoiled us with the last few generations, and we're still going to see some great mid-range cards from this. It will be really exciting to see what happens with Fusion in the near future. Go AMD! Reply
  • softdrinkviking - Saturday, December 24, 2011 - link

    nice. like the pcper shout outs. good form. Reply
  • MySchizoBuddy - Saturday, December 24, 2011 - link

    Can you do a compute comparison with Nvidia Tesla. This card might not be direct competition but it is the closest competition to Tesla. Reply
  • AmdInside - Monday, December 26, 2011 - link

    I must agree Ryan did a fabulous job in such a small amount of time. When I read a review on Anandtech, I hardly ever feel like I need to visit any other hardware website for further info since this site usually covers all bases. Reply

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