Radeon HD 7970 to gain "GHz Edition" branding
It seems that AMD are not happy to take second place (out of two) in the discrete PC graphics card performance charts. According to a report at atomicpc, AMD will be increasing the reference clock speed of Radeon HD 7970 cards to 1 GHz, and rebranding it as "GHz Edition", following in the steps of the 7870 and 7770 cards.
It seems that as yields improve, the voltage required to reach the original spec of 925 MHz has decreased, and a large proportion of current chips are now able to operate comfortably at speeds up to 1250 MHz. It is expected that most vendors will take up the "new" range, especially those who stick to producing reference design products.
There is no news on when the changeover will happen, but it will be nice to see AMD provide more competition in this two man race.
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