Friday, 16 December 2011 14:43

Radeon HD 7970 is around 30 percent faster

Written by Slobodan Simic

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At least for now

According to our sources, the Radeon HD 7970 is about 30 percent faster in 3DMark when compared to the Radeon HD 6970. These are early performance benchmarks made with the first "usable" driver.

According to the whispers that we are hearing right now, Radeon HD 7970 should end up about 30 percent faster than the HD 6970. These are 3DMark early performance numbers probably done with the 12.1 RC driver that was, at least according to our info, released two days ago. This should put the HD 7970 somewhere around Radeon HD 6990.

We are also hearing that the HD 7970 does even better in game benchmarks and we hope that we'll have more details regarding those pretty soon, as after all, game benchmarks are the ones that really matters when it comes to performance of graphics cards. We still don't know if there will be another driver before first reviews hit the net, but AMD usually holds the final driver as long as it can to control the performance leaks.

Some slides have leaked over at Donanimhaber showing that Tahiti might do a lot better when it comes to tesselation, but once again we are talking about AMD slides so we tend to tread lightly there.

In any case, we'll know for sure on 22nd of December.

Last modified on Friday, 16 December 2011 19:41
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+4 #1 slightlyquantum 2011-12-16 19:30
"we are talking about AMD slides so we tend to thread lightly there."

I see what you did there...... :sigh:
+1 #2 bobo 2011-12-16 19:42
Quoting slightlyquantum :
"we are talking about AMD slides so we tend to thread lightly there."

I see what you did there...... :sigh:

Fixed, thanks ... Although it did sound interesting with thread as well :)
+2 #3 Nerdfighter 2011-12-16 20:26
30%? Not very impressive, especially considering the 550$ pricetag. 550 dollars probably translates to around 450-500 euros, which is the price of two 6950's.
0 #4 ajvitaly 2011-12-16 20:31
30% faster than the hd6970 is not good news at all. Drivers can improve things, but don't expect miracles - especially if the card is this close to launching.
+2 #5 Jurassic1024 2011-12-16 20:42
What part of performance around the 6990 did you not understand? The 6990 was basically two 6950's, except with the 7970, you get that performance in ONE card using ONE GPU.

I love the cheapskate above complaining about a possible $500 price tag, which makes NO sense considering how close it is performing to the 6990. The card of course will probably start with a ~$600 price tag, but still, no different than how the 6990 and GTX 590 are priced now.

You guys need to get a clue seriously.
+5 #6 Skynet 2011-12-16 21:22
Jurassic1024 what are you talking about?

At resolutions that you would actually use on a high-end rig the 6990 is around 60-70% faster than a 6970, 30% is nowhere near!

Lets see what the real frame rates are like, not to mention the price.
+3 #7 Warhead 2011-12-16 21:23
30% is good enough for me for a single card that performs almost the same as the 6990...bearing in mind that drivers will improve over time.
-1 #8 saneblane 2011-12-16 21:23
I like Amd but idiots on here just troll for no reason. The fact of the matter is, this is 28nm so it's not apples to apples comparison,it's cheaper for Amd to make this than the 40nm 6970,the performance is great, but this is just price gouging plain and simple.The card is twice the price of the card it is replacing.You can come with any stupid argument you want, but the fact of the matter is,this is a med level 28nm cards, how the hell is $500 a mid level price. :zzz :sad: :-*
+10 #9 Skynet 2011-12-16 21:56

I thought I would be the last one to defend crazy graphics card prices but I feel I have to pull you up on 2 points.

1) yes eventually 28nm will be cheaper than 40nm but I assure you 28nm wafers will be an order of magnitude more expensive than 40nm right now. TSMC needs to recoup the billions they have spent on making 28nm possible and AMD needs to recoup their R&D plus subsidise their CPUs at the moment.

2) Whether its nVidia or AMD, $500 is the going rate for the fastest single chip card so you can't blame AMD for putting this price tag on 7970.
-5 #10 saneblane 2011-12-16 22:09
Quoting Skynet:
plus subsidise their CPUs at the moment.

That line of yours is what it is all about,Cpu side doing bad. Amd was always the one to keep, Nvidia in check, now that Amd's prices are way up their, you can rest assure that Nvidia is not going to try to compete on price because they love over charging for their things. This is the reason why anti-trust was created in the first place, it's like comcast over charging for internet because their television department is losing customers.The midend just doubled in price, i have the money to buy it, but what happens when the mid level doubles again, by then it would be too late, because by then it would be "Normal" to double prices every year.

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