I like how a good number of you still discount the larger point of this article and simply stated:"Decent performance for a mid-range card."
or "Not bad."
See the thing about this is, as stated in Guru3D's article summary, AMD just made a card that draws less
than 150w, which is still 100w less than the GTX 580 mind you
, and it's riding the 580's butt the entire time. And what about the 7850? Riding on the 570 drawing only 106w, which was less than the recorded wattage of the 5770 back when! Yet all people can say is that it's "decent"performance for a mid-range card.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Yes, I know the 5770 only drew 107w compared to the 7850's 106w. One watt difference less, "big deal", but with three times the performance per watt...that's just the definition of win
I say AMD definitely kicked it off hard and fast this time. Specs were off as usual, but I expected that as their GPU architecture just went through a HUGE revamp and it's showing considerably so in this line.
I still can't get around the performance per watt these cards provide...
GTX 580 performance for 130w...
However, I truly believe the 7850 is the new 5770 of today. There's no doubting that.
And to any of you who still
look at the Nvidia side and say "Oh well a 570/580 at the same speeds will match it..."
I implore you sirs, how many GTX 580s/570s can hit 1Ghz on air without popping?
AMD, my hat's off to you. Well done... (Though you miiight wanna duck when that giant "K" flies by. )
laaaaaast thing too... (I know I make like 50 "last notes" but oh well...)
I only read through the Guru3D review. Did any of the other sites talk about driver performance?Edited by Imglidinhere - 3/5/12 at 12:35pm