AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB Review

(PCI Express Graphics Card)
Radeon HD7950 3 GB

Excellent (A) 6 reviews 02/2012
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Product specification:
  • RAM: 3072 MB
  • Cooling Solution: Active
  • Bus Type: PCI Express
  • Processor clock speed: 800 MHz
  • Graphics adapter memory type: …
  • DirectX version: 11 … more information

PC Pro
Single test
"very good" (5 out of 6 stars)

Value for money: "average" (3 out of 6 stars), "Recommended"

Though the AMD Radeon HD 7950 is more costly than nearly all single-GPU cards, it packs in lots of innovative technology. Though some downgrades have been made from the previous model to allow for a lower cost, it is still a powerful card. PC Pro think it is a definite step forward if you want next-generation graphics now, with the brilliant performance and reduced price.

Micro Mart
Magazine 1194 (2-8 February 2012)
Single test
Score: 8

Value for money: 4

Though the AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card is a little cheaper than some others from the range, it has a decent range of specifications which provide plenty of gaming power. It has 4.3 billion transistors, a core clock of 880MHz but is quite bulky. The new architecture pleased Micro Mart, who noted that it's more energy efficient than all of AMD's high-end cards from last year.

TechRadar UK
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4.5 out of 5 stars

TechRadar think that the AMD Radeon HD 7950 is at the top of the current lot of graphics cards, providing more for less than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580. Overclocking is where the HD 7950 comes into its own, peformance levels greatly increase. A low point is that clockspeed has been set artificially low. It has ZeroCore Power technology which saves you money. Very impressive.

Tom's Hardware
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Tom's Hardware found a lot to like in AMD's Radeon HD 7950, saying that not only did it hold its ground against Nvidia's GTX 580, but it surpassed it in some aspects. Despite some niggles such as not being able to get accelerated encoding to work, this is a fantastic contender that will have Nvidia working full time to come up with an offering that can top it for performance and value.

Bit Tech
Single test
"great" (80%)

Value for money: 18 out of 30 points

AMD's Radeon HD 7950 3GB proves to be at least as fast, quieter, more power efficient and currently cheaper than Nvidia's GTX 580 1.5GB, making it the better option - and that's not to mention the overclocking ability. Long term though, this GPU may not be the best option with Nvidia's development of 28nm Kepler GPUs which will soon be released. Bit Tech also deem the price as too high.

Expert Reviews
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

"Best Buy"

Expert Reviews find the AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card to be very capable. It is good value in comparison to the previous model but it still remains an expensive item. You can smoothly play games at their highest levels: it can't match the overclocking levels of the HD 7970 but you can still achieve some impressive speeds. This is currently the top of the range graphics card.

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