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One strange thing I noticed immediately: the "reference" 79750 tested by Techpowerup and several other sites is very different from all of the reference 7950s for sale at Newegg currently...different heatsink, different VRM design, etc.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5476/amd-radeon-7950-review/3

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7950/3.html

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/AMD-Radeon-HD-7950-Tahiti-Pro-GPU-Review/

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4538/xfx_radeon_hd_7950_black_edition_double_dissipation_3gb_review/index.html

http://www.expreview.com/img/news/2012/01/29/Radeon-HD-7950-3.jpg

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/01/30/amd_radeon_hd_7950_video_card_review

http://www.motherboards.org/review/xfx-hd-7950-black-edition-featuring-double-dissipation-review

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-7950-crossfire-review-2-and-3way/

http://www.guru3d.com/article/powercolor-radeon-hd-7950-pcs-review/

http://www.guru3d.com/article/his-radeon-hd-7950-review/


http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/amd_hd_7950_tahiti_pro_review,1.html

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/powercolor_pcs_hd_7950_review,1.html

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/xfx_dd_r7950_review,1.html


http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,865294/Test-Radeon-HD-7950-Ist-Tahiti-Pro-besser-als-Nvidias-GTX-580/Grafikkarte/Test/

http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/grafikkarten/2012/test-amd-radeon-hd-7950-crossfire/#abschnitt_einleitung
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wow. they're faster than gtx 580's! WIN!

looks like some 7950's are unlockable biggrin.gif
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AMD stated over a month ago that the 7950 would launch with different designs from AIB's (like the hd6850).
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AMD stated over a month ago that the 7950 would launch with different designs from AIB's (like the hd6850).

Seems like nobody is using the better of the 2 OEM designs then. Not really surprising, since the reference design in most of these reviews is based on the 7970, and must therefore be more expensive to produce than the ones we're seeing on newegg, with the cheap aluminum heatsinks.

Comparison of the "cheaper" 7950 reference heatsink compared to the 7970's:

Radeon-HD-7950-3.jpg
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Considering those "cheap" heatsinks can still overclock well while staying cool, I'm sure some people won't mind.
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Considering those "cheap" heatsinks can still overclock well while staying cool, I'm sure some people won't mind.

Still, I expected a better reference heatsink on a $450-500 graphics card. Instead all we get is a cheap block of aluminum on the reference designs, and no VRM cooling.
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wow. they're faster than gtx 580's! WIN!
looks like some 7950's are unlockable biggrin.gif

HD 7950 CF is better than GTX 580 SLI.

1 GTX 580 is better than 1 HD 7950
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Still, I expected a better reference heatsink on a $450-500 graphics card. Instead all we get is a cheap block of aluminum on the reference designs, and no VRM cooling.

Honestly, I think AMD's just taking advantage over their throne and is price gouging. There's no way these cards cost remotely close to what they're selling for.
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HD 7950 CF is better than GTX 580 SLI.
1 GTX 580 is better than 1 HD 7950

No, HD 7950 > 580 from what I'm seeing, at least most of the time.
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Hardware Heaven with Eyefinity res / crossfire comparison.

Since people look for those too smile.gif
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