PowerColor's latest product announcement could qualify as either a very well-placed press release or an unfortunate case of trying to be opportunistic.
TUL Corporation (the owner of the PowerColor brand) has launched the PowerColor HD7950 Boost State Edition video board.
Normally, we'd call this
a logical move, especially with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660 Ti ready to make rounds, chip shortages
After all, launching a slightly more powerful version of an existing board is the standard maneuver when competition escalates.
This is not a normal situation though. If PowerColor decides to charge users more for the HD7950 Boost State Edition than for the regular model ($340 / 315 Euro), it risks getting a black mark on its reputation.
After all, pushing the base clock speed of the GPU from 800 to 850 MHz, and enabling the AMD PowerTune Technology, is being done for free
on all Radeon HD 7950 boards, through a BIOS update.
It is true enough that flashing a video card's BIOS, or any BIOS, isn't something that everyone can do, but it is not as though owners of the normal HD 7950 are going to just up and buy another just for the extra MHz.
For those that still have older cards, though, the newcomer may be intriguing, so the specs are as follows: 850 MHz base clock speed, 925 MHz PowerTune speed (similar to NVIDIA's GPU Boost), 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM ( 5.GHz clock speed), a bandwidth of 384 MHz, 2.0 technology, HD3D technology, CrossFireX (multi-GPU setups) and, of course, DirectX 11.1.
One, two or three monitors or HDTVs can be connected to the adapter at the same time, through a DVI port, an HDMI connector or the two mini DisplayPorts. The maximum resolution is of 16k x 16k pixels.
All in all, the product should be capable of 3.3 teraFLOPS computing power and smooth video playback and game performance.