AMD’s response to the GTX 660 Ti’s launch has been lightning-quick. Less than two days before NVIDIA’s new Kepler-based products hit the market, we received a revamped BIOS for the HD 7950 which added PowerTune Boost to the card’s already impressive list of features. The result is a refreshed SKU which has been named the Boost State Edition by PowerColor (or variations thereof by other board partners) and –at least according to AMD’s PR team- would be no more expensive than other HD 7950s already on the market.
We took these claims with a grain of salt since we heard a similar story with the HD 7970 GHz Edition which was initially supposed to become available at $449 soon after its announcement in June. That didn’t happen as GHz Editions only became available in the last few weeks and many were priced well above $449. Luckily, AMD seems hell-bent on avoiding past mistakes and limited quantities of the HD 7950 Boost Edition started showing up for $349 late last week. We actually bought one, hence why this review is going up now. There was also some concern some cards wouldn’t carry a new labeling scheme but we were happily proven wrong as AMD’s board partners brought clearly labeled Boost Edition cards into the retail channels. Mission accomplished on both of those fronts.
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