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Pictures of Sapphire's non-reference, single fan Radeon HD 7950 have floated onto the surface of the web and it looks quite interesting indeed. It's reported that the single fan model will most likely stick to AMD's reference clock speeds of 800MHz core, 1250MHz (5GHz GDDR5 effective) speeds.
The PCB is Sapphire's usual sexy blue color, with the cooler quite compact and as previously mentioned, just a single fan design. Display output wise, we have two mini-DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DVI. It has also been reported that the maximum factory overclocking permitted by AMD to AIB (Add-in Board) partners is 900MHz for the core, and stock memory clocks.
Does this card cater to your needs? A single fan, non-reference HD 7950 is quite good for those who want to build HTPC's. Will you get one?
OMGTT: PowerVR are making a PC comeback, releasing PCI-Express GPGPU card that provides real-time ray-tracing
Wow. I remember the PowerVR days so fondly. Yes, they didn't make the same impact as 3dfx did in the day, but I remember as a young PC gamer, wanting their hardware so bloody bad it hurt. I remember getting my Dad to import me a 3dfx card (Orchid Righteous 4MB Voodoo card for those who would remember) and it being THE BEST THING EVER.
PowerVR cards were always something I never had, and now there's news they're returning to release a discrete GPU card, in the complete opposite of what they used to do. Imagination Technologies are the team behind it, and last year, they acquired Caustic Graphics.
Caustic Graphics are a San Francisco-based start-up who were (before the acquisition) working on an accelerator that would make real-time ray-tracing, a reality. They managed to make two generations of products which were more technology demonstrators than real-world products, but their FPGA chips worked.
After Imagination Technologies acquired them, they continued to work on building commercial purpose for its technology and at CES 2012, they began to see the finish line. VR-Zone talked to representatives of both Caustic and Imagination Technologies, where they were told to expect the introduction of the new card in the second half of 2012, more specifically, they have a goal of Siggraph 2012.
This is getting me excited. During CES 2012, NVIDIA knuckled down to show off their mobile systems processors, like Tegra. They didn't have much to say (officially) about their upcoming 28nm Kepler-based GPUs, but they did take the opportunity to talk to Nordic Hardware about Kepler, with some very interesting things to say.
Nordic Hardware confirmed in those talks with Team Green that they could not say more than a launch schedule of "first half of 2012." Post-launch of AMD's first GCN-based card, the Radeon HD 7970, NVIDIA were positively surprised, for their benefit. A high-up representative revealed that NVIDIA before launch, had a likely performance estimate of the Radeon HD 7900, an estimate that they have been preparing to beat.
Post-launch, NVIDIA are even more confident that Kepler will have no problem kicking AMD's HD 7900 series in the nuts, and running past it. NVIDIA can be all-talk sometimes, but if they are right, and I have confidence they are this time, we could be in for an amazing year of GPUs.
Want to get in on that Graphics Core Next business, but don't want to shell out the cash for the HD 7970? Well, pre-orders for the GIGABYTE-branded HD 7950 are up on PROVANTAGE, where it's been spotted at a price of $481.58.
The specs provided are just a tease: "HD 7950 3072MB DDR5 384BIT PCI Express DVI". Lazily, they've used a picture of the HD 4850, which is really bad in my opinion. If you're going to go as far as listing the card, maybe get a picture from GIGABYTE? Or at least have "TBD" or something in its place.
Rumor has it that the post-launch pricing of the HD 7950 will stick to the $400 mark. If they can get to this point, Team Green will need to change gears, and quick.
AMD have had quite a good launch with their Graphics Core Next bizzo, the Radeon HD 7970. But Team Green have a juicy new rumor today, that they might release their Kepler-based products early, and not in the earlier-reported March-April timeframe.
It would launch as early as next month with reports coming from ChipHell.com, where they say it will launch in February. The GTX 680 is rumored to sport the same performance as the AMD Radeon HD 7970, with a clock speed of 780MHz, but only 2GB of video memory. NVIDIA seem to be cheap on the video memory these days, which could indicate that the new cards might not do multiple monitors from the single card.
AMD's always thinking a few steps ahead, so throwing 3GB on the cards is great for Eyefinity users, and the 4K monitor support. NVIDIA only using 2GB is a worry, especially for 3-screen setups, or 3D Vision Surround setups that suck up that RAM like a GPU vacuum cleaner. Time will tell, and as usual, enjoy some TweakTown Salt.
Our latest poll had almost 4,000 people who answered, Which company made the best video cards in 2011?
This was actually one of the closest web polls we've ran in a long while with ASUS managing to take the title as the best video card manufacturer of 2011 as voted by TweakTown readers.
In a close second place was Palit with 15% of the votes and in equal third place was EVGA and MSI. Sapphire was just behind in fourth place with 14% of the votes.
The first pictures of PowerColor's upcoming Radeon HD 7950 PCS graphics card have surfaced, with reliable sources telling TechPowerUp that it is indeed true. As we can see from the below shot, the new PCS (professional cooling system) cooler design, uses a larger aluminum fin-stack heatsink that the previous PCS coolers used.
Heat is drawn from the GPU, taken to the fin-stack and a number of nickel-plated copper heat-pipes. Heat from there is then pushed out by the two 80mm fans. By the looks of the picture, it's a dual-slot card.
With its design and color scheme, one would think it's a Sapphire card. I do like the look of it though, those two 80mm fans should do a very good job at keeping the card cool, and an even better job when the card is obviously overclocked and working hard.
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After paper launching the Radeon HD 7970 in late-December, it was rumored that AMD's slightly cheaper Radeon HD 7950 would launch in February, but according to DigiTimes, this isn't true. DigiTimes reports that the Radeon HD 7950 will launch at the end of January.
It was previously rumored to launch in February, but with NVIDIA possibly launching in March-April, AMD could have pulled their plans in quicker to stop Team Green from taking the field and running with the GPU ball. NVIDIA will now have to fight AMD, but whether they can successfully launch and not have issues moving to a new process like they did with Fermi, is the question.
This news was bought to you by the "sources within add-in board (AIB) partners" who told DigiTimes. Those pesky sources, upstream and downstream always have some good info. If this is true, we could see the launch of a (hopefully) decently priced HD 7950 in just a couple of weeks time.
Are you waiting for an HD 7950? Or are you proudly wearing Team Green and waiting for a next-gen GTX 560 Ti?
My birthday is in March and I'm pretty sure this is why NVIDIA are launching then, but the latest news is that NVIDIA does not want to paper launch the Kepler, so the launch of their first high-end Kepler part will only start once they have enough units for the first wave of customers.
NVIDIA originally had a Q1 2012 launch date in mind, with Quadro Kepler arriving in Q2 and Tesla Kepler arriving in Q3. But the new plans seem to indicate that NVIDIA will be launching the GeForce Kepler when they are able to ensure hard availability and have all of its partners covered.
AMD launched their GCN-based Radeon HD 7970 on December 22, 2011, but did not have any on retail shelves until closer to January 9th, 2012. NVIDIA does not want to repeat this and want to have stock availability in some what good numbers when they launch.
Have you held out for Team Green? Or did you take some of that Team Red action with the HD 7970?