MojoKid writes "Rumors of AMD's Southern Island family of visuals processors have circulated for some time, though today AMD is officially public relations their latest flagship single-GPU computer graphics card, the Radeon HD 7970. AMD's new Tahiti GPU is outfitted with 2,048 stream processors with a 925MHz engine clock, recommending AMD's artwork Core Next architecture, paired to 3GB of GDDR5 memory connected over a 384-bit wide memory bus. And yes, it's crazy fast as you'd expect and supports DX11.1 rendering. In the benchmarks, the new Radeon HD 7970 bests NVIDIA's fastest single GPU GeForce GTX 580 card by a cozy margin of 15 — 20 percent and can even imminence some dual GPU configurations in certain tests." PC outlook has a similarly total writeup. There are people who will pay $549 for a video card, and others who are just glad that the telecommunications drags along the low-end offerings, too.
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