AMD Radeon HD 7950 Review: Up Against GeForce GTX 580

CrossFire And SLI: DiRT 3, Metro 2033, And LuxMark

A second Radeon HD 7950 only adds 86% to the performance of just one GPU. That doesn’t change the overall finishing order, though. Two GeForce GTX 580s are faster, trumped by a pair of Radeon HD 7970s and then both of the quad-GPU configurations.

Although two dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990s have an edge on the Radeon HD 7950 CrossFire setup with 4x MSAA applied, the 7950s are actually faster using the Adaptive Anti-Aliasing mode. In the process, AMD’s latest skates right past two GeForce GTX 590s and 580s. Only the Radeon HD 7970s are faster.

Two Tahiti XT GPUs nearly match a quartet of Cayman processors in LuxMark. Scaled down to the Pro variant, you lose quite a bit of compute performance. However, a pair of Tahiti Pros still decimates four GF110s in this benchmark.

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.
  • bak0n
    More good GPU news. Keep em coming!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ;)
  • esrever
    I'd love to have one once kepler comes and these drop in price. Im gonna start saving.
  • 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!!
  • hardcore_gamer
    According to W1zzard's review, this card tops the Performance / Watt chart.
  • primonatron
    Are the Skyrim benchmarks on the v1.4 beta patch?

  • 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...
    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.