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AMD Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 launching on January 9th?

AMD Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 launching on January 9th?


More information on the forthcoming AMD Radeon HD 7000 range has slipped out, suggesting a release date of January 9th at CES.

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A report from Turkish site Donanim Haber (Hardware News) is suggesting that the next range of Radeon graphics cards, the HD 7000 series, will launch on January 9th at CES. We first caught a glimpse of the Radeon HD 7900 series silicon a couple of days ago, and were also given some suggested specs — the range is expected to be the first from AMD to utilize TSMC's 28nm production process, along with 384-bit memory across twelve 32-bit GDDR5 chips. Donanim Haber confirms these rumors and also includes names for both the anticipated top-of-the-line Radeon HD 7970 and a slightly lower HD 7950 model.

This follows the release of the 7000M line last week, but unlike its mobile namesake, these new desktop GPUs look to be more than just a rebadge of earlier cards. The new models are expected to bring better CrossFire performance, letting you get more from the cards when running two in parallel, along with improved GPGPU (general purpose computing) performance — probably more of interest to the supercomputing community than your average gamer.