AMD Radeon HD 7950. Fighting above its weight against NVIDIA’s best competitor the GTX 580, the 7950 has leapt into the ring, and it’s come out swinging. AMD looks to be pinning NVIDIA against the ropes with the vicious one two punch that is the 7970 and 7950 video cards. While the HD 7970 is still the King of Über Video cards it’s little brother the 7950 is in there punching way above its weight.
The new video card has all of the same features and functions as the 7970 but with a slightly slimmed down number of processor units – 1792 stream processors instead of 2048 and 112 Texture units instead of 128 – the 7950 loses 10 to 20% performance while saving $100 when compared to its big brother. Compared to its NVIDIA competition it runs cooler, quieter and faster. Available immediately AMD has priced the 7950 to compete directly with the GTX 580. The HD 7950 can be found online for $450 USD while the GTX 580 was priced at $470 USD before the 7950’s release. Expect NVIDIA to start feeling pressure on these prices.