PowerColor is among the first graphics card vendors to launch a Radeon HD 7950 with AMD's revised specifications for the SKU. The card retains board design and price-tag of the original, and has NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 660 Ti in its crosshairs.

PowerColor is among the first graphics card vendors to launch a Radeon HD 7950 with AMD's revised specifications for the SKU. The card retains board design and price-tag of the original, and has NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 660 Ti locked in its crosshairs.

Called the PowerColor HD 7950 Boost State Edition (model: AX7950 3GBD5-2DHV4), the card sticks to AMD's revised specifications of 850 MHz core, 925 MHz PowerTune Boost, and 1250 MHz (5.00 GHz GDDR5-effective) memory. The card uses AMD's PowerTune with Boost algorithm to guarantee 850 MHz core speed to all applications, and 925 MHz to most applications. 

PowerColor's HD 7950 Boost State Edition sticks to the cost-effective AMD reference design board design for the Radeon HD 7950. The PCB is a minor variation of the AMD reference design, by TUL. The card draws power from two 6-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include two mini-DisplayPort and one each of HDMI 1.4a and dual-link DVI. The cooling assembly uses a centrally-located fan to ventilate a heatsink that cools the GPU and memory. 

The card is designed to replace the original HD 7950 off the shelves, and occupy its price-point, although some distributors could set a small premium in an effort to clear inventories of the old HD 7950.