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AMD Updates Radeon HD 7950 to Counter GeForce GTX 660 Ti

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Prior to release of the Nvidia GTX 660 Ti, AMD countered with a BIOS update for the Radeon HD 7950 to increase performance.

In preparation to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti release, AMD prepared to update the specifications of its Radeon HD 7950 GPU to make it more competitive at its price point. This is a similar move that AMD made after the release of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 to make the Radeon HD 7970 more competitive with the release of the HD 7970 1GHz version. With the HD 7950, AMD is updating the HD 7950 similarly to how it handled the Radeon HD 7750: it received a core frequency increase through a specifications update.

AMD has released a new BIOS ROM image file, which works on all AMD reference design Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards that implements the new specifications. The specifications increase the core frequency to 850 MHz (from 800 MHz), and introduces PowerTune with Boost, which sends the clock speed up to 925 MHz (when applications demand it). The other specifications remained the same for the HD 7950, including the memory frequency, stream processor, TMU, and ROP counts. Any Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards manufactured from mid-August and thereafter will feature the new specifications, with no planned price change.

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techPowerUp has provided a link to where you can download the updated BIOS, that only works for AMD reference designed Radeon HD 7950's. AMD Radeon HD 7950 Specifications Update BIOS

 

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    innocent bystander , August 20, 2012 1:11 PM
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    So basically this new bios update overclocks the card?


    Or clocks it where it should have been from the get-go :) 

    IB
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    rebel1280 , August 20, 2012 1:03 PM
    Good news everyone! (in Professor Farnsworth voice)
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    matt_b , August 20, 2012 1:39 PM
    tanjoThe price difference between custom and reference design cards is not that big. Buyers don't want to risk their cards with crappy reference coolers.

    Buyers looking to water-cool WANT the reference boards so the type of cooler is irrelevant to them, savings are welcomed.

    This generation of Radeon cards have so much headroom to overclock anyway, so why not. The original clocks were conservative anyway. Not like it matters much, anyone can take your basic CCC and do it themselves. Besides, Nvidia and AMD are staggered quite a bit on their release cycles these days, in a short while, we'll be back at it with the GTX6xx vs the Radeon HD 8xxx price/performance war (hard to believe this card is already over 7 months old).
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    master_chen , August 20, 2012 12:58 PM
    Yay!
  • 9 Hide
    Marco925 , August 20, 2012 1:02 PM
    So basically this new bios update overclocks the card?
  • 17 Hide
    rebel1280 , August 20, 2012 1:03 PM
    Good news everyone! (in Professor Farnsworth voice)
  • 26 Hide
    innocent bystander , August 20, 2012 1:11 PM
    Quote:
    So basically this new bios update overclocks the card?


    Or clocks it where it should have been from the get-go :) 

    IB
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    tanjo , August 20, 2012 1:14 PM
    Anyone buying these kinds of video cards would probably go with custom coolers which is usually factory overclocked. The price difference between custom and reference design cards is not that big. Buyers don't want to risk their cards with crappy reference coolers.

    Would non-reference cards with stock clocks follow suit?
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    matt_b , August 20, 2012 1:39 PM
    tanjoThe price difference between custom and reference design cards is not that big. Buyers don't want to risk their cards with crappy reference coolers.

    Buyers looking to water-cool WANT the reference boards so the type of cooler is irrelevant to them, savings are welcomed.

    This generation of Radeon cards have so much headroom to overclock anyway, so why not. The original clocks were conservative anyway. Not like it matters much, anyone can take your basic CCC and do it themselves. Besides, Nvidia and AMD are staggered quite a bit on their release cycles these days, in a short while, we'll be back at it with the GTX6xx vs the Radeon HD 8xxx price/performance war (hard to believe this card is already over 7 months old).
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    bustapr , August 20, 2012 1:45 PM
    this update just seems like an excuse for AMD not to drop prices. the card magically became better!
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    bustapr , August 20, 2012 1:46 PM
    master_chen...reference HD 7970 is absolutely useless.



    Ill gladly take that useless reference 7970 off your hands
  • 5 Hide
    Formata , August 20, 2012 1:46 PM
    Nice one AMD! 6 months later, your customers can now use their GPU the way it could/should have been from the start. Or are you admitting you had the settings wrong at release of the product?
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    Formata , August 20, 2012 1:49 PM
    You treat us like idiots and wonder why your market share crumbles.
  • 5 Hide
    master_chen , August 20, 2012 1:59 PM
    scrummage96http://goo.gl/QJ4OF

    100% Spam-bot. Please kill it with fire, thank you.
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    firefyte , August 20, 2012 2:29 PM
    Time to update ALL the benchmarks!
  • 10 Hide
    Netherscourge , August 20, 2012 2:48 PM
    This is why competition is good.

    Apple - you should take notes!
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    KelvinTy , August 20, 2012 3:15 PM
    How much louder would they get? From what I have heard (from reviews and a frd), they are already pretty loud... With the OC, wouldn't be super loud?
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    dissbelief , August 20, 2012 3:46 PM
    Why must there always be so much hate and brand loyalty every time Intel, AMD, or Nvidia are mentioned by Tom's? As consumers shouldn't we be discussing price/performance or at least discussing the contents of the article? When I read the Comments here I try to learn from my fellow users but I have to sift through all the fanboys just to get a little bit of knowledge. AMD makes good products. Intel makes good products. Nvidia makes good products. Buy what you need at a price you can afford and you'll be fine if you do the research. Most gamers go for overkill but thats ok if you can afford it and like having awesome toys to play with. Personally, I will be passing on Nvidia's tasty new line of cards because of their compute performance. Since I will be using my graphics card on Linux for computing (Windows/Wine for gaming), I will be upgrading my GTX 460 to AMD's 7xxx series because it fits my needs and it is a wonderful card. This BIOS flash if great for Linux users because it's a pain to OC in Linux and AMD gave us a hand. Thanks AMD.
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2012 3:54 PM
    Why do they wait to "react to Nvidia"? Why didn't they just do this from the beginning? It's like they're try to see how lazy they can get away with or something.
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    omnimodis78 , August 20, 2012 4:28 PM
    Move on if you don't like rants, this will be a rant. After years of buying nvida cards, last month I decided to get a 7870 (MSI TwinFrozr III OC), and on day one of using it, my heart sank the more I used the card. Researching all the problems, of course you then find out what others are reporting, and it's not a pretty picture! Yes, the card has solid specs and was a fantastic value, but I am shocked that AMD still hasn't gotten its act together with drivers, and also, as most pragmatic owners of AMD's newest GPU architecture agree, the HD7000 is loaded with problems that won't get ironed out until at least HD8000 - early adaptors of AMD's graphics architecture are all aware of this, and yes, not everybody has problems, but all I can say is even AMD's official customer service response to my problems was "it should (SHOULD) be fixed in future driver releases" - this was in response to "Grey Screens of Death", randomly crashing my system (never had such problems before or since I returned the card). Anyways, very happy with my GTX670. Shame on AMD! Love AMD cpu's btw!
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