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    Default Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card


    We already provided you with the latest and most up-to-date rumours of AMD’s next series of graphics cards last week. The HD 9000 series from AMD will be spearheaded by the HD 9970 flagship and apparently Sapphire has been giving select clients and customers access to the HD 9970 to test. Over on the Chiphell forums some users have been discussing their thoughts on the new HD 9970.
    Apparnetly the new card has a 12-layer PCB, up from the 10-layer PCB on the HD 7970. The memory interface is 512-bit, it has two CrossFireX connectors and a dual fan cooler (pictured above). This means AMD are ditching the single fan blower style cooler. The TDP of the card is said to be 250W which is the same as the HD 7970 GHz edition and 20W higher than the normal HD 7970 which had a TDP of 230W.
    The card is powered by single 6 pin and single 8 pin PCIe connectors. There’s no detailed information on launch time-frames but October is still being highly touted. With early release samples out and about, expect to see a few leaked previews/reviews of the HD 9970s performance in the coming weeks. Image courtesy of 4Chan

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    Default Re: Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card

    I haven't been following.. so the 8000 series are exclusive to laptops?

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    Default Re: Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card

    Quote Originally Posted by criss_glitch666 View Post
    I haven't been following.. so the 8000 series are exclusive to laptops?
    You can say that for now. The new HD9000 series GPUs are kind of in honor of the old Radeon 9000 series built on the old R300 GPU core. Im thinking AMD doesnt want the naming to get too close to Nvidias older 8000 series. The are dumping the XXXX name after the 9000 series. Rumor is they are going back to XXX naming. We will see. NO 10K series at the moment. lol Maybe they will make a special edition 10k. Never know.
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    Default Re: Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card

    I had some older ati cards. I bet if I dug them out they would still work. I would love to get my hands on a flagship card someday. I always end up with mid range cards. Tech just moves to fast for me to shell out top dollar and then 3 months later it feels like its 2 years old

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    Default Re: Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card

    Very Nice info Sandy can this new card manage to handle geforce 7xx series? the naming Amd radeon 9xxx just like new AMD FX new chip 9xxx..wow coincidence?

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    Default Re: Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card

    Quote Originally Posted by jackjack View Post
    Very Nice info Sandy can this new card manage to handle geforce 7xx series? the naming Amd radeon 9xxx just like new AMD FX new chip 9xxx..wow coincidence?

    Dont know yet. No benchmarks have been leaked yet. I have a feeling they will be taking the crown back.
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    Default Re: Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card

    Quote Originally Posted by jackjack View Post
    Very Nice info Sandy can this new card manage to handle geforce 7xx series? the naming Amd radeon 9xxx just like new AMD FX new chip 9xxx..wow coincidence?
    Considering how the 7970 Ghz Edition holds respectable numbers up against the 700 series, atm, I'd the the 9970 is going to be a monster. Surefire, if that 512 bit memory is correct.

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    Default Re: Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card

    I seem to be parochial to Saphire cards, would love to be able to save up and get a nice nice upgrade to the ones i have.

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    Default Re: Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Zinos View Post
    Considering how the 7970 Ghz Edition holds respectable numbers up against the 700 series, atm, I'd the the 9970 is going to be a monster. Surefire, if that 512 bit memory is correct.
    Thats kind of what I was thinking. The 7000x series gave Nvidia a run for its money across the board. The 7970 really gave Nvidia fits. All the OC edition cards really made it hard on them. With the addition of newer processing technology, more efficient cores, and a huge memory bandwidth, The 9970 should be able to surpass the titan and 780.
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    Default Re: Sapphire Letting Clients Test HD 9970 Curacao XT Graphics Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    Thats kind of what I was thinking. The 7000x series gave Nvidia a run for its money across the board. The 7970 really gave Nvidia fits. All the OC edition cards really made it hard on them. With the addition of newer processing technology, more efficient cores, and a huge memory bandwidth, The 9970 should be able to surpass the titan and 780.
    to me 9970 just sounds more powerful than titan or 780 also there that over 9000 joke that will return

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