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AMD pushes HD 7950 graphics card launch to February

Avoiding another paper launch
Wed Jan 04 2012, 12:31

CHIP DESIGNER AMD has decided to delay the launch of its HD 7950 graphics card to early February.

This comes after news that the HD 7970, which AMD 'launched' on 22 December, will not be available until 9 January. This wasn't received too well by the media and customers as it does help to have some stock to sell on launch day.

To avoid another bashing for a 'paper launch' the firm will launch the HD 7950 in February when it will actually be available. Guru 3D had confirmed this but the article has since been taken down.

AMD has told us that it won't comment on rumour, speculation or any unannounced products.

The upcoming HD 7950 graphics card will use the same 28nm Southern Islands Tahiti GPU as the HD 7970, with the latter the first to do so. According to AMD it has 4.3bn transistors, more on-chip cache and greater overclocking potential than previous cards.

The Tahiti architecture has up to 32 compute units with 32 colour render output units. Both cards are aimed at the enthusiast and hardcore gamers market with the HD 7950 being the more affordable option. µ


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