MSI Releases Two New Radeon HD 7970 Cards

MSI has announced the arrival of two new Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards. Both of the cards feature the PowerTune with Boost, however, they aren't based on the HD 7970 GHz Edition silicon. The cards are called "HD 7970 Boost Edition."

The base card, R7970 TF 3GD5 BE, has a base clock speed of 925 MHz and a Boost clock speed of 975 MHz. The OC version, the R7970 TF 3GD5 BE/OC, features a base clock speed of 1,000 MHz and a Boost speed of 1,050 MHz. Both of the cards have a memory clock speed of 5.50 GHz. Both of the cards are rated at a TDP of 253 W, which is drawn from a 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connector.

Again, both of the cards are built on a custom PCB design and carry the TwinFrozr III cooler. Display connectivity is taken care of by a DVI port, HDMI and two mini-DisplayPort connectors.

So far, there has been no word on pricing nor availability, although we do expect the cards to hit the market not long from now.

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  • unknown9122
    So is it slower than the GHz edition? Not an expert with AMD cards so I wouldnt know.
  • meluvcookies
    Am I wrong in thinking that manufacturers are in a holding pattern trying to squeeze every last clock from the current generation of cards? We've got about 7-8 months before the next wave of cards.

    As much as I'd like to buy now, I can't help but think that the prices are artificially high in the waning months of these cards' lifespans. It should be a hell of a holiday season as manufacturers try to clear inventory though.
  • hero1
    I have been wondering why they didn't have stock for 7970 for months from MSI and ASUS. Maybe something better is brewing with better wattage and heat. Maybe?
  • slomo4sho
    Where are the 7990s?