AMD Radeon HD 7950 Video Card Review

The new Radeon HD 7950 marks the launch of AMD's more affordable Radeon HD 7900 series GPU. The Radeon HD 7950 is priced to compete with the GeForce GTX 580. We'll look at performance in comparison to several video cards in single-GPU, dual-GPU CrossFireX, Eyefinity, and Overclocking to see where it truly lands.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution motherboard, an Intel Core i7 2600K Overclocked at 4.8GHz, and 8GB of Corsair RAM.

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Drivers

For the AMD Radeon HD 7950 and AMD Radeon HD 7970 we are using the latest driver released from AMD for this new series. This is driver 8.921.2 RC11 dated 1/20. We are also using the latest CAP for CrossFireX.

For the AMD Radeon HD 6950 and AMD Radeon HD 6970 we are using the latest driver available at the time of evaluation, which is Catalyst 12.1a. We also used the latest CAP for CrossFireX.

For the GeForce GTX 580 we used ForceWare 290.53.

All video cards are running at their stock frequencies, including the GeForce GTX 580.

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