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The World's fastest desktop CPU paired with the world's fastest single GPU graphics card


CPU and GPU have come a long way in ten years. History repeats itself with recycled model numbers. Ten years ago the Radeon 7000 (ATI model RV100) was poised as ATI's entry level Radeon graphics card which would be paired with Intel's Pentium III, Pentium 4 or even AMD Athlon. Ten years later Radeon HD 7000 represents the latest innovative graphics technology that makes the ten-year-old Radeon 7000 look primitive.

Top:ATI Radeon 7000 (RV100) Bottom: AMD Radeon HD 7970 (Tahiti XT). Card length is 280 mm.

Although only four ports this time around, DisplayPort hubs and daisy chain allow connection of six displays

The card's housing has been redesigned to improve cooling with focus on rear air intakes and a taper to improve cooling in crossfire

HD7970 3GB Reference card - Back side

Back of the card showing the GPU, capacitors for each of the GDDR5 memory chips, display outputs and regional certification markings.


Power supply - rear side. Note the solder pads for extra components to support alternate versions. and the clusters of components  in a circular direction that support the 3GB of GDDR5 memory

GPU-Z 0.5.7 displaying GPU specs

Windows 7 Display Property and HD7970 Catalyst Drivers - Press Launch edition based on Catalyst 11.12