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AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB with PowerTune Boost Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: AMD

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 (DirectX 11)


Battlefield 3™ leaps ahead of its time with the power of Frostbite 2, DICE's new cutting-edge game engine. This state-of-the-art technology is the foundation on which Battlefield 3 is built, delivering enhanced visual quality, a grand sense of scale, massive destruction, dynamic audio and character animation utilizing ANT technology as seen in the latest EA SPORTS™ games.

Frostbite 2 now enables deferred shading, dynamic global illumination and new streaming architecture. Sounds like tech talk? Play the game and experience the difference!

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August 13, 2012 | 03:41 PM - Posted by bjv2370

where is the overclocking is this a preview or a review little confused of.

August 13, 2012 | 03:43 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Overclocking would be the same.  We literally took our reference launch card and updated the firmware.

August 13, 2012 | 04:20 PM - Posted by JSL

Is there any word on a similar bios update being worked on for non-GHz edition 7970's ?

August 13, 2012 | 04:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

August 13, 2012 | 04:15 PM - Posted by TinkerToyTech

3 different displays, maybe even 4, with this 3GB of frame buffer?

August 13, 2012 | 10:47 PM - Posted by Nilbog

This is AMDs new card???? SERIOUSLY?!?
So are they just going to keep re-releasing cards so that we forget about the 7990 they spoke about?
Why are they re-branding cards that still barely compete?

You just updated the firmware? How is this a GPU launch?

August 14, 2012 | 03:49 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

It is a 7950 refresh. New 7950s will be coming out with boost functionality along with the standard/current versions. Somewhat like the 6950-to-6970 flashing, there is a possibility that you will be able to flash an existing 7950s to 7950s with boost. 

So it's a new luanch in the sense that it will be a new retail product.

August 15, 2012 | 07:49 AM - Posted by rrr (not verified)

670 again proves to be very impressive gaming card.

August 27, 2012 | 07:21 AM - Posted by TinkerToyTech

Can this one card be used to drive an HD TV, and 3 monitors in or out of eyefinity? I want to display a TV on on screen and have 3 monitor computing, not hardcore gaming but along those lines. I don't play many games, but I'm looking for a card that can do this. I currently run 3 heads off of a 6950/70 and run the TV off the z68 gigabyte iSSD mobo. THe current setup works, but I'm looking to upgrade...

September 18, 2012 | 11:58 AM - Posted by tony (not verified)

has the new FW been used on an xfx 7950 black edition card and worked? i considered tring it but a little scared to frie my card

June 30, 2014 | 06:59 AM - Posted by Fredd (not verified)

So, as i infer, there is nothing much more other than the boost up in the clock speed to expect from the new Radeon HD. And if so, I dont think that its worth $349. The clock jump isnt that high from the previous ones and i dont feel any lag using the same fro Grid 2. It worked perfect.
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