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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?
VR-Zone have done some testing that really gets me excited: 4-way AMD Radeon HD 7970s with Battlefield 3. Oh boy. It's time to pull out my wallet. Before we get into the thick of it, some back story. VR-Zone upgraded their CPU cooling to an XSPC RX360 kit, and clicked it at 4.8GHz (Core i7-3960X).
They couldn't get any of the available overclocking tools to adjust voltages or core clocks on the HD 7970's beyond 1125MHz on the 4-way CFX setup, so they settled for AMD Overdrive to run their cards at 1100/1500MHz. First up they did some 3DMark 11 testing, with the the following results:
AMD's next-generation single-GPU Radeon HD 7970 is now available for sale, whilst not officially available until tomorrow, everyone likes to get in early. Newegg have already thrown their 7970s up for sale tonight.
Newegg have cards available from all of AMD's major North American partners, HIS, Gigabyte, XFX, ASUS, Sapphire, and PowerColor. Because they've just launched (and most likely because there's no competition), most of them are at the AMD MSRP of $549. The ASUS card is $589, and XFX's custom-cooled and overclocked model is $599.
There's no official word from AMD on the Radeon HD 7970 availability. Now, which of you amazing readers (or companies? ;)) would like to send me 2 for my rig? Am I kidding? I guess you'd only find out by sending me a few. On a more serious note, if you get your hands on one, be sure to comment and let us (and everyone else) know!
Although the AMD Radeon HD 7970 has been enjoying its time kicking the arse of virtually every other GPU in the world, the second GPU in AMD's 28nm-powered, GCN-busting lineup has been delayed.
AMD's Radeon HD 7950 won't reach us this month and has been delayed until February. A paper launch of the Radeon HD 7970 late last year is not the usual move for AMD, and they want to avoid similar problems with the HD 7950 when it launches, so a delay could actually be a good thing.
The Radeon HD 7950 is based on the same Tahiti core as the higher-end HD 7970 brother, except that 4 of its GCN (Graphics Core Next) compute units have been disabled. Because of this, it takes on the moniker "Tahiti Pro" versus the 7970's "Tahiti XT". The 7950 will sport 1792 streaming processors, 3GB of GDDR5 and a 384-bit interface. It should also feature the same amount of video outputs, allowing 6-screen support.
We posted a leaked Sapphire document yesterday and something I noticed were the black lines drawn through some of the details, mainly the stream processors on "Toxic ZX" and "Da Original" where it seems they had SP counts of 2304.
2304 is much higher than the 2048 stock, and according to PC Perspective, if this card were to come out, with the SP's running at 1225MHz, we could expect another 35- to 45-percent increase over the stock HD 7970.
If this were true, this could be a product AMD are keeping back from us all, waiting for NVIDIA to strike with their Kepler hammer. AMD have always been great at moving to another, smaller process and maybe this time with how good the 7000-series cards are, they struck gold. Decided to keep the treasure map to the true power of these cards, and if they've gotten there now... we could expect an AMD Radeon HD 8970 if it's true.
The first picture of a non-reference design AMD Radeon HD 7970, which comes from Gigabyte. The GV-R797OC-3GD is a factory-overclocked card, which makes use of Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB and custom-design triple-fan WindForce cooler.
The Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB uses a 2oz copper layer for better electrical stability and heat distribution, ferrite-core chokes, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, hand-picked high-performance GDDR5 memory chips, and more. The cooler sports a combination of heatsinks and aluminum fin arrays to feed heat from the GPU, memory, and VRM to its copper heat-pipes and ventilated by three fans.
Gigabyte make use of a non-reference design, using non-reference cooling assembly, but most likely a reference design PCB, except, it's red. No details on clock speeds or pricing yet.