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We all know why this is being done and personally I am hoping it will allow AMD to regain some momentum. However, after the HD 7970 "GHz Edition" launch and subsequent failure, I'm not keeping my hopes up....AMD today pushed out a BIOS update for its Radeon HD 7950 line of cards, but only for reviewers….for the time being.
The company says the updates this refreshed BIOS has will in many ways mirror the style of update delivered to the 7970: apparent performance updates, new features, and an increased clock speed to 850MHz base/925MHz with “Boost” (compared an original base speed of 800MHz).
While AMD’s public affairs corps want this to be seen as being inline with industry standards, the optics of this read as a bait and switch as, reportedly, these clock speeds aren’t even available on all products (let alone the ones already in the channel) and AMD itself doesn’t guarantee that it will work. AMD is cautioning users to do the update only if the card has a dual bios switch.