When AMD pushed the introduction of the Radeon HD 7970 from January 9, 2012 to December 22, 2011, the only that actually launched were the reviews by selected press. Now, AMD is making sure the same thing does not happen with 7950.
By all standards, the introduction of Southern Islands GPU architecture is proving to be a success: the first card, Radeon HD 7970 launched on December 22, 2011 with the worldwide availability coming next week (on the original launch date: January 9, 2012).
However, while the Radeon HD 7970 is delighting us with the performance achieved and fantastic overclocks on air (we cannot wait to see the water-blocks and LN2 cooling results), this was the first paper launch in ages. For reasons unknown, AMD introduced the part without actual hardware availability.
Knowing that this came from the company that openly criticized its competitors in the past for doing so, we wondered is AMD planning another paper launch in the form of value part, the Radeon HD 7950.
Not anymore: according to an e-mail from AMD, the company is making sure that Radeon HD 7950 launches on the same date as the retail availability, which is 1st week of February. That's right, no 7950 coming on January 9, 2012.
In a way, this is an appropriate delay as well since NVIDIA is widely expected to introduce its GK104, its first part based on 28nm Kepler architecture in the last week of January or in early February.
From the looks of it, even though we're still going through the hangover of New Years' party, 2012 is looking even more exciting on the GPU front. It looks like 28nm process from TSMC is nothing short of brilliant.