AMD's Radeon HD 7950 could offer a seriously tempting alternative to the high-end Radeon HD 7970 3GB.
The first firm hints as to what AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 7950 boards will bring to the table have appeared, courtesy of a leak to Turkish technology site Donanim Haber
While currently unverified by AMD - which, true to form, 'does not comment on rumours or speculation regarding unannounced products
' - the site's source claims that the cut-down Tahiti boards will ship with the same 384-bit memory bus as its recently launched high-end counterpart, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB
To keep the costs down, the AMD Radeon HD 7950 will be launched in 1.5GB and 3GB configurations, while the core clock speed drops from 925MHz to 800MHz and the GDDR5 memory speed from 1.375MHz (5.5GHz effective) to 1.25MHz (5GHz effective.)
Thus far, there's no indication of whether the AMD Radeon HD 7950 1.5GB/3GB will include the same number of SIMD engines and stream processors as its higher-end equivalent; if it does, however, it could prove a popular choice among overclockers eager to get their hands on 28nm graphics technology without having to break the bank.
Donanim Haber's source goes on to claim that the launch price for the AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB will be around $100 to $150 cheaper than the top-end AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB.
AMD, for its part, is keeping silent on the accuracy or otherwise of the source's claims, but with a launch expected to come within a month we shouldn't have long to wait to see what AMD is really offering to the more budget-conscious gamer.
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