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AMD launches HD7950 graphics card and memory modules

The HD7950 AMD Graphics card offers similar performance to the HD7970, at a lower price.

AMD has finally launched the Radeon HD7950 graphics card, over a month after the HD7970.

The latter model is considered the top of the range card, but the HD7950 is not far behind, despite being substantially cheaper.

TechRadar suggests that the release of the HD7950 was delayed because it is so good, and a later launch gives the more expensive model a bit of breathing space.

In terms of specification, the HD7950 shares a lot with the HD7970, with minor reductions in the number of processors and computer units, while both utilise 32 ROP units.

The memory on the HD7950 is an effective 5,000MHz but core speed has been dropped to 800MHz, although there is plenty of scope for overclocking.

AMD is also planning to produce another version of the HD7950 board which swaps the 3GB frame-buffer for a 1.5GB part, offering a further reduction in price to go with it.

The firm has also announced the release of its AMD Memory branded desktop system memory modules.

These devices aim to "take the guesswork out of DRAM selection", according to the company, with a straightforward experience.

"AMD has been supplying and validating memory for AMD Radeon graphics cards for several years," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of the AMD GPU Division.

"Based on this experience, adding system memory to our product line was a clear opportunity for us."

The modules are available in various sizes, including 2GB, 4GB and 8GB, and a number of different speeds. For the entertainment category, it will feature 1333MHz and 1600MHz speed RAM, while a performance model will offer 1600MHz with low latency.

"This move provides our partners and end-users with a trusted brand synonymous with quality - we can help ensure performance and reliability with AMD Memory," Mr Skynner added.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801280025-ADNFCR