Another HD 7950 pictured, from Sapphire

/ 5 years ago

You may have already heard that AMD will be releasing two PCB (Printed Circuit Board) designs for their HD 7900 series graphics card. One aimed at maximum performance and one aimed at maximum value for money. Well this new card that has been pictured from Sapphire features the latter. It features a small single fan heat sink cooling solution over its HD 7950 chip. According to various sources AMD have set Factory-Overclock limits, maximum frequencies board partners like Sapphire are allowed to apply to the cards they sell, on this value-orientated PCB. Those limits are 900MHz core and 5000MHz (effective) memory. However, the model is likely to come in clocked at reference speeds of 800MHz core and 5000MHz memory.

That said, the ‘Factory-Overclock’ limits are reportedly not built into the BIOS, merely into the regulations of what AMD’s AIB (Add In Board) partners are allowed to sell. So home users will be allowed to take a card and overclock it past those 900MHz/5000MHz limits, providing the chip is capable of course.  No words on final pricing yet, we estimate something in the region of £320-£350.

Sources: OBR-HardwareExpreview