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AMD Radeon HD 7950 Review: Up Against GeForce GTX 580

CrossFire And SLI: Battlefield 3 And Crysis 2

Hold onto your collective rear-ends. A second Radeon HD 7950 adds 96% to the single-card result without anti-aliasing and 98% when you apply 4x MSAA, making Battlefield 3 more than playable at 2560x1600 with Ultra quality settings.

Knowing what we know about the 7950’s weakness in Crysis 2 under DirectX 9, you’re going to want to stick with DirectX 11. A second Radeon HD 7950 increases performance by 92%. That’s enough of a speed-up to wiggle past a pair of GeForce GTX 580s and absolutely destroy the four processors wielded by two Radeon HD 6990s.

We couldn’t come up with any good reason to explain the quad-GPU failure under DirectX 11, but a far better DirectX 9 result makes it pretty clear that the problem is related to API choice.

  • bak0n
    More good GPU news. Keep em coming!
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  • Im not Paying $450 for barely better then GTX 580 performance a year after its released. They will have to knock that down to like $300, $250 for a 2gb version when Nvidia releases their next gen cards. Wait those money grubers out imo.
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  • thesnappyfingers
    stm I was thinking the same thing. But then agian it is still cheaper, more efficient compared to the gtx 580. Still, I am waiting it out till kepler.
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  • rmpumper
    7950/7970 should be priced ~$50+ of 6950/6970 prices. So as it is now, if nvidia's gtx680 will be better than 7970 they will price it at >$600? That's a load of crock.
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  • Derbixrace
    great value compared to the 7970 because you can OC it to be faster than it on stock voltage and even further with voltage tweaking ;)
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  • esrever
    I'd love to have one once kepler comes and these drop in price. Im gonna start saving.
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  • It beats the GTX580 one on one in most benchies and that's not taking into account the overclocking headroom these things have, they're also power friendlier and with XFX, cooler, quieter and expected to be cheaper so what's the problem? Me thinks me smell's NV fanboys!!
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  • hardcore_gamer
    According to W1zzard's review, this card tops the Performance / Watt chart.
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  • primonatron
    Are the Skyrim benchmarks on the v1.4 beta patch?

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  • dragonsqrrl
    rmpumper7950/7970 should be priced ~$50+ of 6950/6970 prices. So as it is now, if nvidia's gtx680 will be better than 7970 they will price it at >$600? That's a load of crock.Every rumor and leak I've seen so far on gk104 pricing seems to indicate otherwise...

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/nvidia-gk104-kepler-gpu-priced-at-299-230-/
    According to Nvidia's AIB partners the initial price set for the first gk104 based graphics card is $300. Of course this can go up or down based on the competition. Unfortunately, I have the feeling it'll be going up.
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