CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced that its Tahiti-based Radeon HD 7970 graphics card is available to buy.
Hardcore gamers will be tempted to leave their desks to go and buy an AMD Radeon HD 7970, if they can gather the necessary funds. The powerhouse card is the first to be fabbed using the 28nm process and is now finally available despite having been 'released' in December.
Matt Skynner, corporate VP and general manager at AMD said, "With the arrival of the AMD Radeon HD 7970, AMD has ushered in a new era for graphics performance by delivering the first 28nm GPU. I can't think of a better way to start 2012 than by making our cutting-edge technology available worldwide today."
For those who can afford it, the card will cost in excess of £445, depending on the retailer. The card offers AMD Powertune, Crossfire and Zerocore Power technologies along with PCI Express 3.0, and it will support the upcoming DirectX 11.1.
Aidan Marcuss, senior director of Windows core marketing and ecosystem at Microsoft said, "The combination of AMD's hardware and Microsoft DirectX 11.1 will light up Windows 8 graphics."
AMD has also launched the Radeon HD 7000M mobile graphics card for laptops. It includes AMD Vari-Bright, Powerplay and dynamic switchable graphics technology.
As far as we know AMD will launch the Radeon HD 7950 properly next month, with the announcement and availability at the same time. µ