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Okay so let’s recap. The XFX R7950 Double Dissipation Black Edition Overclock edition out performs the GTX 580 considerably in most cases, comes close to the performance we saw with the HD 7970 reference card, and has the sexy cooler we loved on their R7970 DD Black Edition. But why should you buy this over the faster R7970 or the reference HD 7970? Well unless you are made of money you are going to have to consider price while picking out the new parts for your PC. In this case the XFX card, like the R7970 that we tested before, costs $50 more than a reference card. That puts its total price at $499, with reference HD 7950’s at $449. A quick look at Newegg shows GTX 580’s running between $469 and just over $500, I think AMD hit the nail on the head for pricing on this card (at least for now). This should hopefully, finally! Push GTX 580 pricing down a little bit but right now that means the R7970 is both cheaper and faster that what Nvidia has to offer. AMD may have cut the Stream Processors down to 1792 from the HD 7970’s 1920, but they didn’t neuter this card completely. It’s not the fastest card on the market, but I’m willing to bet they sell more of them.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #22440 31 Jan 2012 09:59

titleWith AMD’s new HD 7970’s rocking the boat slightly with both price and performance it’s about time we started to see the slow trickle of GPU’s that will fill in the rest of the HD 7000 series video cards. First on the list is the HD 7950, a card that a lot of people have been waiting for because of the high price of the HD 7970. There is no doubt that it’s not going to outperform the HD 7970, but how will this new card compare to the GTX 580? Today I’m not taking a look at a reference card, we have skipped directly to the XFX Double Dissipation Black Edition Overclocked version, similar in design to what we saw with their R7970.

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Arxon replied the topic: #22442 31 Jan 2012 14:03
I like how in some of the tests this card beats the 7970
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THUMPer replied the topic: #22446 31 Jan 2012 21:01
SEXXXXXXXXY. I WANT SO BAAAAAAD
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jj_Sky5000 replied the topic: #22447 31 Jan 2012 21:46
There is your new card Thumper, The one i dont you to hold off for. now get a 2nd mortgage and go get it.
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THUMPer replied the topic: #22464 01 Feb 2012 19:14
eh, idk what i'm going to do. ill wait for kepler and see what happens
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jj_Sky5000 replied the topic: #22465 01 Feb 2012 19:26
you convert to the Dark nvidia Side , if you do i will take you of the Fan boy list
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THUMPer replied the topic: #22466 01 Feb 2012 21:00
I dont know where the truth lies on this but I expected a reaction from Nvidia to the 7950 launch, most probably an announcement of the upcoming GPU's with a launch schedule, or simply a price cut.

The launch of 7950 is clearly a bigger threat to gtx580 than that of 7970. And this due to the fact it counters it at a lower price point with the added bonuses of 3gb ram and o/c Headroom.

The silence of Nvidia is deafening.

A pesimist would say that the company appears to be in a state of shock and denial.

Avoiding announcements for the products (while competition runs rampant) is clearly a demonstration of the product's immaturity.

Avoiding price cuts can be explained as a desperate effort to deny defeat in the performance sector, since there will be no swift replacement of the current products with new better performing ones. Thus the organization assumes, a "continue as usual stance", in order not to alert the stock markets, which would definitely be alerted if the current product line was devaluated with no obvious release schedule for a new "soon to come" GPU line.

Moreover if the info about Gtx 580 not being produced is true, a price cut could lead to supply problems and make the new product's absence even more visible.

semiaccurate.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6034&page=45

semiaccurate.com/forums/showpost.php?p=150793&postcount=445

IDk I'm bored. and I kind of agree with this dude.
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THUMPer replied the topic: #22467 01 Feb 2012 21:03
Besides. NV is still 2 months out from releasing a card. No reason for AMD to back down.

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