Asus HD 7950 TOP 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - AMD 3 for FREE Promotion £239.99 @ Overclockers - HotUKDeals
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The next generation Asus HD7950-3GD5 graphics card has arrived, fitted with a 28nm GPU that packs 4.3bn transistors and is combined with 3GB GDDR5 Memory, it provides users with the speed for smoother gaming. Supporting full DirectX 11, AMD CrossFireX and AMD HD3D, the GPU includes an exclusive tweak utility which allows users to tune the performance of up to four graphics cards and check card status via an intuitive interface.

This GPU Tweak function links the GPU clock frequency to the voltage, so as you scale the GPU clock the voltage automatically follows; a useful tool for inexperienced Overclockers, It also enables users to select between 2D and 3D mode by providing the ability to change the respective clock speeds, voltages and fan speeds of either. Disabling the 2D mode also forces the faster 3D mode, stabilising overclocking and benchmarking results.

Embedded with GPU-Z to access accurate graphics card information, the card also contains a live update driver and BIOS benefiting users with the ability to keep their card in the best condition. Widget monitoring provides the choice to display the most needed information including a full widget, light widget or real time monitoring.

Furthermore, new PCI Express 3.0 delivers improved encoding and twice the performance of the previous PCI Express 2.0 and vision horizons can be expanded across six displays with AMD Eyefinity technology. This technology delivers innovative graphics display capabilities enabling massive desktop workspaces and ultra-immersive visual environments for the ultimate panoramic computing experience.


- Cranked 100MHz over reference for an ultimate engine clock of 900MHz
- Dual fan DirectCU thermal delivers 20% cooler performance with direct heat dissipation and runs significantly quieter at 600% greater airflow
- GPU Tweak provides a professional yet intuitive graphics tuning interface for real time card adjustment and monitoring
- The latest PCIe 3.0 bus standard delivers improved encoding for twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0
- Expand visual horizon across six displays with AMD Eyefinity technology
- PCI-E 3.0 Ready: Delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe GEN2 for faster GPU- CPU
- Fastest single GPU graphics card on the planet
- Hugely overclockable
- Vastly cooler running than previous generation
- Quieter running than previous generation
- Compute Power: 3.5 TFLOPS
- Core Clock Speed: 900MHz
- Primitive Rate: 2 prim / clk
- Shader Architecture: GCN
- Stream Processors: 32 CU / 1792 ALU
- Texture Units: 128
- ROPS / Z-Stencil: 32 / 128
- Frame Buffer / Memory: 3GB GDDR5
- Memory Width / Speed: 384 bit / 5000MHz
- Load / Idle Board Power: <300W / <3W
- Power Connectors: 8-pin + 6-pin
- Display Outputs: 1xDVI + 2x mDP + 1x HDMI
- 3yr Warranty
- AMD 3 for FREE Promotion including Dirt 3 Showdown, Nexuiz, Deus Ex Games (Subject to availability)
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#1
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Edited By: KRIS DEE on Jul 31, 2012 00:42: update
1 Like #2
This is actually a great deal. After selling the games it should work out to £220-£230

Edited By: Zaim2012 on Jul 30, 2012 22:01: !
3 Likes #3
This version of the card had an issue with the cooling. Not sure if it's fixed yet however. http://www.overclock.net/t/1220328/behardware-asus-hd-7950-directcu-ii-fault-report
1 Like #4
Are PCI 3.0 cards backwards compatible with PCI 2.0?
#5
Sackboy
Are PCI 3.0 cards backwards compatible with PCI 2.0?

Of course, and PCI-E 3.0 makes very little difference (1-2%) with games unless running multiple cards in CF / SLI. For a few gCompute (OpenCL) application it can make a major difference (depending on the dataset I presume) but not for games.
#6
So if my mobo doesnt support 3.0, i can still run this card?
#7
Sackboy
So if my mobo doesnt support 3.0, i can still run this card?

Yes. It is backward compatible. Same as you can use usb 2 on a usb 3 port

Edited By: roister on Jul 31, 2012 00:00
#8
thanks for clearing that up :)
#9
Looks a good deal this tempted to upgrade from my hd 6870 to this for bf3.Some good deals around at the mo. My sort of price range.
#10
great card decent price.
shame nvidia bork you using physx if it detects and ATI card in there otherwise i would be tempted to get this and move my NV card over to be a physics card.(I know you can hack it but...............)
#11
I originally intended to buy a 7950, would have snapped one up at this price.
#12
superb price
#13
I'm assuming you could run 2560 x 1440 res on a Dell U2711 using the Mini-Port connection on this card?

If so could you run BF3 with everything maxed with this card?
#14
strocky
I'm assuming you could run 2560 x 1440 res on a Dell U2711 using the Mini-Port connection on this card?

If so could you run BF3 with everything maxed with this card?

Not at that resolution, no.
#15
kharma45
strocky
I'm assuming you could run 2560 x 1440 res on a Dell U2711 using the Mini-Port connection on this card?

If so could you run BF3 with everything maxed with this card?

Not at that resolution, no.

40+ fps ain't too shabby.
#16
MBeeching
kharma45
strocky
I'm assuming you could run 2560 x 1440 res on a Dell U2711 using the Mini-Port connection on this card?

If so could you run BF3 with everything maxed with this card?

Not at that resolution, no.

40+ fps ain't too shabby.

You do not require any anti aliasing at such a high resolution so it is very possible that you could run BF3 at a very decent frame rate with everything else maxed out.
#17
Pslyman
MBeeching
kharma45
strocky
I'm assuming you could run 2560 x 1440 res on a Dell U2711 using the Mini-Port connection on this card?

If so could you run BF3 with everything maxed with this card?

Not at that resolution, no.

40+ fps ain't too shabby.

You do not require any anti aliasing at such a high resolution so it is very possible that you could run BF3 at a very decent frame rate with everything else maxed out.

BIt of FXAA/SMAA would still be useful. AA is fun at all resolutions, except maybe 4k :p
#18
These cards have been recalled due to a defect with the cooling. No wonder they are being flogged off at this price.
#19
Don't be in a hurry to buy this. In about 2 weeks the game will change because of the Nvidia 660 and 660TI. 660TI will probably beat up the 7950 and cost the same or less
#20
Shame about the cooling issue, this seems a great price but I think I'll avoid. :(
#21
Nice, keeping an eye out for a good deal on a new graphics card at the moment for a machine I'm planning on building but this is a bit out of my price range unfortunately.
3 Likes #22
Wouldn't touch Overclockers again if you paid me. If you buy this, make sure you find out if anything is wrong with it before the 14 day money back, or you're screwed.
#23
vulcanproject
Don't be in a hurry to buy this. In about 2 weeks the game will change because of the Nvidia 660 and 660TI. 660TI will probably beat up the 7950 and cost the same or less

I thought that originally too but now I'm not so sure, would take a lot of sales away from the 670 which is already taking ones from the 680.

The 660Ti will be for the 7870.
#24
kharma45
vulcanproject
Don't be in a hurry to buy this. In about 2 weeks the game will change because of the Nvidia 660 and 660TI. 660TI will probably beat up the 7950 and cost the same or less
I thought that originally too but now I'm not so sure, would take a lot of sales away from the 670 which is already taking ones from the 680.The 660Ti will be for the 7870.

It is expected that the 660 competes with the 7870 and the 660ti will face the 7950. The 660ti is expected to retail a bit below this price (for the reference ones I reckon). As for competing with the 670, Nvidia were already willing to do that once vs the 680. The 660 is getting released later than usual so not many sales will be cannibalised, and Nvidia know most units sold are from the mid range price sector (see 560ti and 7850). They will want to undercut AMD and given the 7950 price drop that would mean a £230 ti version would need to compete with the 7950



Edited By: shayr1992 on Jul 31, 2012 13:48
#25
Codify
These cards have been recalled due to a defect with the cooling. No wonder they are being flogged off at this price.

The issue has been fixed, these should be V2's now, Aria were selling them before.
#26
Zaim2012
Codify
These cards have been recalled due to a defect with the cooling. No wonder they are being flogged off at this price.

The issue has been fixed, these should be V2's now, Aria were selling them before.

Is there any way to tell if they are V2 or not (once they arrive, or from description?)

Also what PSU would this card require?
#27
I would just email/call Overclockers and find out before ordering. If they can't/won't confirm, then I'd skip the deal and wait another couple of weeks for the Nvidia cards. Although I used to love ATI over Nvidia, I think with PhysX and all the other stuff that Nvidia cards offer out of the box these days, they're much better value - might not always be the performance winners, but give you a good all round package. Don't quote me on this though, it's only my perception and may be factually incorrect :)
#28
PS - would say 500W at least

This is from Anandtech a few weeks ago - so these price reductions were on the way:

Summer 2012 Radeon HD 7000 Series Price Cuts

Card Launch Price Spring MSRP Summer MSRP
Radeon HD 7970 $549 $479 $429
Radeon HD 7950 $449 $399 $349
Radeon HD 7870 $349 $349 $299
Radeon HD 7850 $249 $249 ~$239
Radeon HD 7770 $159 $139 ~$119
Radeon HD 7750 $109 $109 ~$99

Read more at http://www.anandtech.com/show/6093/amd-radeon-hd-7970-7950-7870-price-cuts-inbound-7970ge-available-next-week#247WtYLTZYX8m9TR.99


Edited By: czrsiNk on Jul 31, 2012 16:58
#29
"- Fastest single GPU graphics card on the planet"

Rather optimistic.
#30
£269 now. Expired.
#31
Confirmed as the V1 as well from customer support (very impressed with speed of reply!)
#32
First GTX660TI review at Tweaktown
#33
shayr1992
First GTX660TI review at Tweaktown


Performs ok but only without any AA where it looses to 7850/70:
http://images.tweaktown.com/content/4/8/4869_33_nvidia_geforce_gtx_660_ti_2gb_reference_video_card_review.png

Which is to be expected since it only has a 192-bit bus and less ROPs.
#34
kgrings
shayr1992
First GTX660TI review at Tweaktown


Performs ok but only without any AA where it looses to 7850/70:
http://images.tweaktown.com/content/4/8/4869_33_nvidia_geforce_gtx_660_ti_2gb_reference_video_card_review.png

Which is to be expected since it only has a 192-bit bus and less ROPs.

Metro 2033 performs better on AMD cards I believe, it is the other way around for some games mentioned. But for higher resolutions AMD does perform better, the gap between the 680 and 7970 closes the higher the res. For me personally though, I only use one 1080p monitor for which Nvidia is definitely the way to go. 660ti is expected to be+
cheaper and comparable to the 7950 (better at 1080p) and also has PhysX which I'd prefer the GPU to do. Chances are the 7950 is better at overclocking though, shame they didn't try. Kepler is very much bandwidth limited, I think the only difference between the 670 and 660ti is 192bit vs 256bit.
#35
shayr1992
First GTX660TI review at Tweaktown

I think I'll wait for a site like Anandtech to review it before deciding on what to make of it now I've had a proper look over the TT review, the benchmarks and games chosen are a bit of a joke some of them, most cherry picked it seems to favour nVidia. Also using the old AMD 12.4 drivers not the new 12.7 ones, and leaving out the most commonly played and latest games too. Mafia II benchmark? Why?

They seem to be the only site to have broken the NDA and have a review out, again, seems strange. Also found this strange too

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4869/nvidia_geforce_gtx_660_ti_2gb_reference_video_card_review/index13.html

I find it hard to believe some of the cards failed to run the benchmark because they applied some AA or whatever. Thought it'd beat the 580 too in all areas.

As I said, I'll remain sceptical until I see someone like Anand's review, although I don't doubt it's going to turn out to be a good card.



Edited By: kharma45 on Jul 31, 2012 21:36: Fixed url

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