AMD launches two new HD 7800 series GPUs

Summary:Decent GPUs, but I feel that the pricing could be much better.

AMD has released two new GPUs today, both from the HD 7800 series 'enthusiast' range.

The new cards are the Radeon HD 7870 GHz edition and the Radeon HD 7850. Both of the new video cards make use AMD's Graphics Core Next Architecture, and both support PCI Express 3.0 along with AMD ZeroCore Power technology.

Both the HD 7870 GHz edition (clumsy naming in my opinion) and the HD 7850 have 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The HD 7870 GHz has a 1 GHz clock speed, while the HD 7850 is clocked at 860 MHz.

Both are based on 28nm architecture and support CrossFire technology, HD3D technology, as well as offering QuadFire support, allowing you to put four graphics cards into a single system.

The HD 7870 GHz replaces the HD 6970 and competes directly with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 570, while the HD 7850 is a competitor to NVIDIA's GTX 560 Ti.

Video cards featuring these GPUs will be available from AMD board partners such as Asus, Diamond, Gigabyte, MSI, XFX and prices will be around $350 for the HD 7870 GHz and around $249 for the HD 7850.

These cards, not expected to be available in volume until March 19, are decent GPUs, but I feel that the pricing could be much better. These GPUs will draw less power, and as a result run cooler and quieter, but in terms of performance there's little incentive for anyone running an HD 6900 GPU to upgrade.

Image credit: AMD

Topics: Processors, Hardware


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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