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AMD Has Announced The New Radeon HD 7970 High-End GPUs

December 22nd, 2011 · 5 Comments · General 3D News

It seems that AMD wanted to kind of make happy the gamers around the world right before the holidays, by announcing their next generation Radeon HD 7970 graphics processors based on 28nm production technology. And while the announcement is now a fact, the video cards based on this new GPUs are still not available on the market, they should start appearing sometime in January next year, so don’t be too eager… yet. The new GPU should be the first GPU based on 28nm technology to hit the market, the first with support for the new PCI Express 3.0 and the first one supporting DirectX 11.1 expected with Windows 8). But these are the more general “firsts”, there are some interesting things regarding stereoscopic 3D support as well that will be available in the new Series 7000 GPUs from AMD…

If you remember not long ago AMD has released Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver that has finally added support for CrossfireX (multi-GPU configurations) in stereo 3D mode as well as support for the optional HDMI 1.4a 1080p 30Hz 3D mode. And while these features are still only available in a beta driver, they should be finding their place in the next official Catalyst release that should also have the support for the new Radeon HD 7970 GPUs. But in the new graphic processors AMD has more new features prepared for gamers using AMD-based hardware to play in stereoscopic 3D mode, hardware-based features that kind of build on top of the newly introduced software-based ones.

With the new video cards based on Radeon HD 7970 graphics processors you should be able to use multi-monitor setups (Eyefinity) in stereoscopic 3D mode as well and with a single video card (over DisplayPort 1.2). So with this AMD if finally kind of catching up with Nvidia by offering alternative to the 3D Vision Surround, a technology that has been available for a while. And while you should be able to run multiple monitors in stereoscopic 3D mode with Eyefinity from a single video card you would probably want to have two of these for best experience, especially for playing games, and with the addition of CrossfireX support in stereo 3D mode you should finally be able to do that.

The other new interesting feature coming with the Radeon HD 7970 video cards will be the support of the higher bandwidth HDMI 3 GHz specifications that will allow you to get 1080p 3D mode with 60Hz per eye. And while this sounds very nice as a feature to have, you should not be to eager to try it out as this is support only on the video card’s side, you would also need a 3D monitor or a 3D HDTV that will support this mode. Unlike with the optional HDMI 1.4a 30Hz 3D mode that some 3D-capable products support even now, for the new 1080p 60Hz 3D mode there will be some time needed before display products supporting it will start coming out on the market.

And now we are hitting one of the still problematic areas for AMD, namely not having a wider choice of compatible 3D-capable active displays, as for the compatibility with passive 3D solutions things are pretty much Ok. But hopefully next year we’ll start seeing some positive development in that area as well, I’m saying hopefully as AMD is still a bit slow in successfully convincing partners to make compatible hardware just the same way that Nvidia had when 3D Vision was initially announced… so it just takes more time and effort. But the big question now is how soon and with what will Nvidia respond to the new AMD Radeon HD 7970 GPUs, what do you think?

For more information and the specifications of the new Radeon HD 7970 GPUs…

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Keanan Smith // Dec 22, 2011 at 17:33

    Come on NVIDIA 600 series ;)

  • 2 Frobozz // Dec 23, 2011 at 02:00

    Hey Bloody (or anyone!)…

    Now that AMD supports stereo3d on multiple/Eyefinity displays, do you have any information on whether this extends to multiple HDMI 1.4 displays as well as true 120hz DVI-D/DP displays? Is this still entirely up to IZ3D/TriDef to implement?

    I’m really looking for a large format eyefinity/surround stereo3d setup (3DTVs or projectors), but nVidia only supports classic PC-style 120hz displays for 3D Vision Surround. I’d rather have all the HDMI 1.4 options available too.

    Yes, I realize I’m not going to find a trio of 3DTVs that offer supported one-step sync with a pair of active glasses… but today I have one 3DTV with 2x2D TVs from the same manufacturer. Pretty much everything else is in lock step switching from one remote, so why not 3 identical 3DTVs switching modes at the same time? Cover up the left/right IR emitters do avoid interference… sync with the middle.

  • 3 CrystalCowboy // Dec 23, 2011 at 20:37

    I look forward to some actual monitors with stereo on DisplayPort 1.2.

    Also, I want a pony.

  • 4 claydough // Dec 24, 2011 at 07:23


    can’t find the source at the moment
    but I have read that they will skip 600 and name the highend kepler 700 series?

  • 5 Wesley // Jan 4, 2012 at 11:21

    Does anyone know an display device that supports HDMI 1.4 1080p 30Hz?

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