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Report: AMD to Launch Radeon HD 7950 on January 31

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AMD is expected to unveil the Radeon HD 7950 below the higher-end HD 7970 on January 31, according to online reports.

The 28 nm card will feature 1792 stream processors, down 256 from the 7970's 2048. The cards will arrive with a 384-bit memory bus and 3 GB of GDDR5 memory. Suggested retail prices will land between $400 and $450. The flagship model HD 7990 is still on track for a March 2012 release.

Nvidia is preparing for the release of its Kepler GPUs, including the GK107 for the entry-level market, the GK106 for the mid-range, the dual-GPU GK104 and the high-end GK112, as well as the GK104, which is expected to replace the GeForce GTX 560Ti. Kepler GPUs could be released at the beginning of Q2 and may be positioned to sail with the momentum of the introduction of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors.

AMD's HD 7990 is rumored to be equipped with two HD 7990 GPUs and a total of 6 GB memory and 4096 stream processors. The card is likely to be rather expensive and could be reminiscent of the outlandish graphics card prices in the first half of the last decade. Fudzilla wrote that HD 7990 cards will arrive with a suggested retail price of $849.

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    vaibhavdagar , January 18, 2012 8:09 AM
    i found it very interesting that hd 7990 is equipped with two hd 7990(means quadfire).lolz.
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    pixelpojken , January 18, 2012 8:24 AM
    So, when do we get reviews of 7950 and 7990?
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2012 8:08 AM
    GO AMD!!!!!!
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2012 8:08 AM
    GO AMD!!!!!!
  • 21 Hide
    vaibhavdagar , January 18, 2012 8:09 AM
    i found it very interesting that hd 7990 is equipped with two hd 7990(means quadfire).lolz.
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    Pyree , January 18, 2012 8:14 AM
    ^that would be nice wouldn't it? Half price on 7990 (of course it is a typo).
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    thor220 , January 18, 2012 8:15 AM
    sounds great, would love to get one but when are they going to pick up optimizing there drivers for new games like skyrim?
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    Swolern , January 18, 2012 8:24 AM
    Wow if the 7990 scales anywhere close to 7970 CF that is going to be one smoking card. Hopefully it will come down in price to @ $700-750 and i will be all over that S***! It might even make me leave Nvidia card, and thats hard to do.
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    pixelpojken , January 18, 2012 8:24 AM
    So, when do we get reviews of 7950 and 7990?
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    Zeh , January 18, 2012 8:30 AM
    At these price points, I'm not sure I'm interested in this generation. Perpahps when nVidia launches Kepler we'll see more reasonable pricing from AMD.
    Can't blame them for charging what the product is worth tho, even if it is a lot more than it costs.

    Hopefully this generation will drive the 6000 series prices down further. I can already see 6870s at a very nice pricing around here, even with the Dollar going up against BRL.
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    elect86 , January 18, 2012 9:07 AM
    Looking forward for a 7950..
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    rpgplayer , January 18, 2012 9:17 AM
    I'm awaiting the release of the 7800 and 7700 series. This year promises to be interesting on a price/performance war once nvidia rolls out its new series.
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    memadmax , January 18, 2012 9:21 AM
    Just in time for christmas >_>
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    spookie , January 18, 2012 9:37 AM
    It's....too...expensive...for..me....BUT I WANT ONE! man they are going to be great cards! Just have to get some money first
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    de5_Roy , January 18, 2012 9:43 AM
    hopefully 2gb versions of these high end cards would appear down the line... to undercut nvidia's kepler prices. :) 
    2 7990 gpus in one pcb... awesomeness!
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2012 10:09 AM
    Hmmmm, £300 for a 7950, think I will wait for 8xxx or see what Nvidia produce middle of year. I paid £170 for my 5850 years ago now and it still plays everything flat out on 1920x1080, just do not see a game I am playing that needs £300 spent.

    When I see 50% performance increase or more for the same money (Less than £200) I will upgrade like the move from 3850/4850/5850 1
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    Marcus52 , January 18, 2012 10:10 AM
    When you look at the transistor count, it's kind of amazing that the GPUs aren't more expensive.

    The 7970 has more than 3 times the transistors that Bulldozer has. When you add the rest of what's on a video card - DDR5 memory, a cooling solution, of course the board itself, and connectors, whatever other goodies the manufacturer throws in (cables and connectors), paying $550-$600 for the 7970 doesn't seem like so much.

    (Of course, I remember when you could pay a grand for a single-GPU card. $600 doesn't seem like so much in that light. :)  )

    I think it would be silly for Nvidia to hold off and try to time Kepler's release with Ivy Bridge. What's the point in making potential customers wait longer? Many of us are chomping at the proverbial bit already. I think this is probably a silly rumor, really.

    ;) 
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    tlmck , January 18, 2012 10:18 AM
    Assuming the 7850 comes out and has higher performance and lower TDP than the 6850, I will probably jump on it as long as the price is right.
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    notsleep , January 18, 2012 11:22 AM
    i'll wait for the $320 range cards of the 7000 series before i purchase. :p 
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    joytech22 , January 18, 2012 11:52 AM
    Quote:
    Fudzilla wrote that HD 7990 cards will arrive with a suggested retail price of $849


    HAHAHA I wish!
    You know how much the 7970 cost's here? $700...
    The 6990 was $950-1000 until the 7970 came along.
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    kcorp2003 , January 18, 2012 12:08 PM
    xbitlabs did a review on HD7970
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    msgun98 , January 18, 2012 12:12 PM
    tlmckAssuming the 7850 comes out and has higher performance and lower TDP than the 6850, I will probably jump on it as long as the price is right.


    According to the rumors, the 7850 will perform like a slightly higher clocked 6950. Basically they are going back to the naming from the 4xxx series and 5xxx series days instead of their weird naming for the 6-series.
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    alyoshka , January 18, 2012 12:58 PM
    Love to see a 7990 for half that price....
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