amd hd7970 eyefinity 2 Could the Radeon HD 7970 be up to 60 percent faster than a GTX 580?

One thing is clear, we're not far from the official unveiling of AMD's next generation of graphics cards, as more and more details are appearing on a wide range of websites and we've now gotten the first indication on performance, in normalized figures courtesy of AMD. There are no actual numbers and we'd take this with a grain of salt, but if this is anywhere even close to the real deal, then it's good news for AMD.

One thing is clear, we're not far from the official unveiling of AMD's next generation of graphics cards, as more and more details are appearing on a wide range of websites and we've now gotten the first indication on performance, in normalized figures courtesy of AMD. There are no actual numbers and we'd take this with a grain of salt, but if this is anywhere even close to the real deal, then it's good news for AMD.

Alongside with the normalised performance figures we have more slides that covers the Radeon HD 7970 in as much detail as AMD has been willing to share, many of which we've already seen. AMD has come up with some novel new features such as DDM audio or discrete digital multi-point audio which allows the HDMI and DisplayPort's to simultaneously output multiple independent audio streams. With the ability to stream dual HD video streams from one graphics card, this could potentially be used for watching two videos at once on two different displays where each screen had its own audio.

amd hd7970 eyefinity 2 Could the Radeon HD 7970 be up to 60 percent faster than a GTX 580?

For gamers we'll be seeing support for HD3D, i.e. 3D glasses combined with AMD's Eyefinity multi-screen technology with support for up to three screens running in 3D. AMD has also added several tweaks to Eyefinity itself and we'll no see support for combined resolutions of up to 16k x 16k. On top of that AMD has added customizable bezel compensation and various new grid configurations to allow for easier customization for the user.

amd hd7970 performance Could the Radeon HD 7970 be up to 60 percent faster than a GTX 580?

But the most interesting slide is one that's really blurry and hard to read, although thankfully someone cleaned it up and made it comprehensible and hopefully also still correct. AMD is expecting a performance lead of somewhere between 25 and 60 percent compared to Nvidia's GTX 580 which is no small claim to make, especially when one of the games with 60 percent performance improvement happens to be Civilization 5 which isn't exactly beating Nvidia's hardware using current AMD graphics cards.

Games like Alien versus Predator and Crysis 2 should see about 25 to 35 percent increased performance and as we said at the beginning of this article, we'd take these numbers with a sprinkle of salt or two, as they are after all AMD's own normalized numbers. Even so, if AMD can come close to what the company seems to be promising, then the Radeon HD 7970 is going to be an interesting, albeit expensive graphics card and something to give Nvidia a challenge for its next generation cards to battle it out with. It's only a couple of days to go until we know how close these numbers really are, but considering the major changes AMD has done to its GPU architecture we'd be surprised if we didn't see a major performance boost, but you can read more about that in our previous piece.

Source: 3DCenter