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Old 12-22-11, 01:20 AM   #172
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Default Re: ATi 7000 series delayed till Q1 2012

impressive results, even closing to the 590 but the power usage is a lot less as well.

has some trouble with nvidia games though..

good improvements over the 6970!.

this should be great for me to replace my 5870 .

We see that the Radeon HD 7970 immediately shows muscle, that really is very impressive. The card makes 2560x1600 actually playable. And just look at 1920x1200, the last gen R6970 scores 36 FPS, whereas the new R7970 scores 61 FPS on average. That's a huge difference.
We noticed offset in the older titles though, where the game is not really GPU bound the GTX 580 would lead marginally here and there. However where the GPU really matters in the latest game titles, that's where the Radeon HD 7970 shows it's strength, and leads with a very decent margin. Really our ultimate tests always have been Crysis 2, Metro 2022, Battlefield 2&3 and Anno 1404. In all titles the Radeon HD 7970 with an excellent margin of 20, 30 sometimes even 40% Especially in the uber-high resolutions the card marches onwards fast in performance.

Why the older titles like COD, Far Cry 2 etc slack a little is unclear, but my hint is processor utilization at driver level. Upcoming driver releases will probably make a difference there. Remember, we only had a beta driver available whereas the GTX 580 drivers have been refined for over a year now.
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