AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition: Ten years ago, Tahiti should have taken the throne with a vengeance

The AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (test) was designed to succeed the AMD Radeon HD 7970,

which had to concede defeat to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 exactly 10 years earlier ( Test).

 AMD reclaimed first place among graphics cards with a single GPU with its second attempt.

As the Nvidia Kepler-based GeForce 600 series wasn't ready yet in December 2011, AMD was initially only able to draw customers in the high-end market with the Radeon HD 7970 (test).

AMD Radeon HD 7970GHz Edition

The success lasted until Nvidia released the GeForce GTX 680 with the revised Kepler architecture in March 2012,

which failed to fully differentiate itself from the Radeon HD 7970, but eventually caught on as an overall package. So AMD had to fight back again.

To get back on top with the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, the regular Radeon HD 7970 got “bored” as follows:

Radeon HD 7970 →Radeon HD 7970GHz Edition925MHz → 1000MHzNo boost clock → 1050 MHz boost clock3GB GDDR5 @ 2.75GHz → 3GB GDDR5 @ 3.0GHz3.789 GFLOPS (SP) → 4.096 GFLOPS (SP)210 watts TDP → 250 watts TDP

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