Radeon HD7950: Reviews Are Good
The Radeon HD7970′s little brother, the Radeon HD7950, has launched, with a slightly more reasonable pricing point and, based on reviews, solid performance.
The HD7950 has the same Tahiti processor as the HD7970 and also comes with the same 3GB of GDDR5 RAM on a 384bit bus width. The only difference is that four of the ‘Compute Units’ have been disabled, and clockspeeds for both the processor and memory reduced.
While still expensive at $449+, the 7950 renders its director competitor, the GTX580, “irrelevant,” according to Anandtech. Other reviews have been mostly positive as well, making it the card of choice in its price bracket. Tom’s Hardware is dissatisfied with the amount of noise the card generates, but nonetheless states “there’s really no contest” when deciding whether to buy the 7950 or the GTX580. TechRadar was impressed by the card’s stock performance and blown away by the overclocking headroom.
While AMD may seem to have the upper hand now, rumor has it the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 is releasing this February.
via PC Gamer