As expected, AMD’s Radeon HD 7950 (Tahiti Pro) is a slightly slimmed-down HD 7970 (Tahiti XT), bearing 256 stream processors less (16 texture units), a lower GPU clock (800 MHz) and memory (1.25 GHz). The TDP also comes down from 250W to 200W.
So far the reviews have been very positive about the cards, with several reviewers portraying them as an affordable HD 7970 with some very impressive power saving and performance, where Nvidia will find a match for its GTX 580.
As an aside, we're very eager to see what Nvidia has up its Kepler sleeve.
Not only is it a decent overclocker, but the card’s idle power sent shivers down more than one reviewer’s spine, with 2.9W idle consumption registered on the reference HD 7950. Here are a few of the reviews we’ve spotted and enjoyed reading:
One thing is for sure, AMD and its partners have spared no expense in getting plenty of cards out to reviewers. It feels a bit like overcompensation for the limited availability its big brother had on launch last year but, hey, who’s complaining.
*EyeSee Well, AMD was complaining, because someone broke the embargo and talked to one of its channel partners. The partner hadn't a clue. Then Text 100 began using an eBuyer Powercolor slip-up as a price guide, annoying the other partners in the process. Read all of that here.
A spokesperson said: "We are having ongoing discussions regarding NDA dates and embargo breaks, and doing everything we can to ensure this doesn't happen again."