The aggressive pricing of the GTX 680 really messed with AMD, it was clearly not something AMD expected and it forced them to reshuffle the pricing of their video cards. The issue wasn't just a matter of dropping the price on the HD 7970. A price drop on just that model would throw the value of all the models below it out of whack. Because of that they had to adjust the price of the HD 7850 through to HD 7970.
The aggressive price drop on the HD 7970 which now brings the card in at a minimum of around $40 less is a good thing for AMD. The problem is, though, they want something faster and this is where the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition comes in. The "GHz Edition" naming scheme is something that we've been seeing from AMD for a while. Today we find out if it's what the HD 7970 needs.
Being a reference based card means that there's not going to be a whole lot to talk about before we get into the performance side of things. We'll quickly look over the card before we move into the specification side of things to see just what the HD 7970 GHz Edition offer us. Once we've done that we'll cover our testbed and the cards we'll be using in out graphs today before we finally get into the performance of the new model.
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