Originally Posted by atomhard
The new base clock speed of the HD 7950 will be 850 MHz, compared to the 800 MHz of the original reference HD 7950. The GPU will be able to boost as high as 925 MHz.
That should give the new 7950s a solid performance gain over the original with a clock speed increase of as much as 15%.
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No boost= no performance gains
And I doubt, with the reference cooler, it is boosting very far in those scenarios. Aftermarket coolers should open up the thermals and it should boost much further.
Edit: Worth noting that boost does not affect memory clocks, and any scenario that is largely CPU dependent will show no gains.
Originally Posted by HeadlessKnight AMD just overclock their cards and release them.
It is like Nvidia releasing a 850 MHz GTX 470 to destroy a HD6950.
Nice card if it is going to have higher overclocking potential than the original 7950. otherwise doesn't worth it if the original 7950 is at a much cheaper price point.
Yeah. That's exactly what they had to do. Everyone who was buying cards was going 'Oh look the 7950 gets destroyed by the 670' while not realizing that some these 670s are boosting upwards of 1100MHz while the 7950 is sitting at 800MHz.Edited by Sapientia - 8/14/12 at 1:27pm