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AMD has taken the wraps of the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, and introduced the world to a new product range – the Southern Islands Series – AMD’s foray into 28nm manufacturing. Pitched as the world’s fastest single GPU graphics card and the only GPU based on 28nm production technology, the new arrival pushes AMD ahead of NVIDIA. The HD 7970 uses a new Graphics Core Next – GCN architecture – which AMD boasts results in a 150 percent performance jump over the previous 40nm-based generation. HD 7970’s 3GB of 384-bit GDDR5 memory is clocked at 1.375 GHz and offers maximum bandwidth of 264GB/s. HD 7970 also comes with 2048 stream processors, 128 texture units, 32 ROPs, as well as a transistor count of 4.31 billion. For comparison, the Radeon HD 6900 series codenamed Cayman offers around 2.6 billion, while NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 580 comes with 3 billion transistor count. The HD 7970 also offers 3.79 TFLOPs of single precision and 947 GFLOPs of double precision computing power.
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 will be available from January 9, 2012. Pricing starts from $US549 Read the full article »»»»