AMD are on a fast-paced launch schedule at the moment with a number of GPUs being launched, this week I’d like to have a quick look at the Radeon 7000 series, carrying with it the 28nm Graphics Core Next architecture first introduced in Tahiti. If you’re not already familiar with Tahiti, it might be because there was somewhat of a soft launch towards the end of last year.
That was then, this is now, and now the focus is on Cape Verde, the 7700 series. This series comprises of two cards, the Radeon HD 7750 and the Radeon HD 7770 GHz edition. The tricky thing for AMD is that this series will be viewed as the successor to the popular 5700 series which never got a full update since the release back in October of 2009. Expectations are high for this series, which is why the GCN architecture and 28nm process has been brought into play.
AMD have worked hard to reduce power consumption and as such the Radeon HD 7750 and Radeon HD 7770 are in the top bracket when comparing graphics cards by this specification. In terms of performance, the 7770 supports DX11.1, PowerTune, Fast HDMI and other features that set this graphics card up to be relevant for the foreseeable future.
The 7700 series has been priced towards the more affordable end of the market, but this has also put it in a very competitive area, not least of which is AMD’s own 6850. This level of competition is of course great and gives choice for a wide range of requirements. There will be fans of this and undoubtedly some detractors, but if you are in the market for a n new graphics card, the 7700 series really deserves due consideration.
In the next post we’ll take a look at the newly launched HD7800s.