Radeon HD 7950 Boost 

Released June, 2012
  • 850 MHz
  • 3 GB GDDR5

HIS tells us their card will retail at $320 – definitely a great price considering the normal HD 7950 reference design retails for around $310.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2012)
Under load, the card is much quieter than the AMD reference designs in its performance range.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2012)

GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon HD 7950 Boost among Desktop GPUs


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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


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Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


Overall Score

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon HD 7950 Boost

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

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3DMark Vantage (Texture Fill) Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX performance

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Crysis: Warhead (2013) 1920x1080 - Enthusiast Quality + 4xAA

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53.8 fps

Batman: Arkham City 1920x1200 - Extreme quality + FXAA-HIGH

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82 fps

Far Cry 3 1920 x 1080 - Ultra Quality + 4x MSAA + Enh. AtoC

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32.4 fps
GeForce GTX 770
50.4 fps

Civilization 5 1680x1050 - Maximum quality + 4xMSAA

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82.4 fps

Battlefield 4

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SmallLux GPU 2.0d4 Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do 3D rendering

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Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon HD 7950 Boost

When using two or more HD 7950 cards in CrossFire without gaming, only one card will be running, while the other cards are in AMD's new ZeroCore power state, during which they consume only about 1 Watt of power and the fan is disabled.

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Furmark maximum power is basically unchanged, because AMD's PowerTune algorithm will take over in this scenario and limit maximum power.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)
NVIDIA's high-end GTX 680, GTX 670 and GTX 660 Ti do a bit better in power consumption, both in idle and under load.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2012)
AMD's new PowerTune Boost is following in NVIDIA's steps by evaluating a graphics card's power consumption more closely to provide an additional speed boost.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)


Pricing is quite reasonable with $320, given that it is just $10 more than a normal HD 7950 reference design card and significantly cheaper than the GTX 670, which offers a similar performance.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2012)
Two CrossFire connectors are available, so you may combine this card with up to three other HD 7950s for improved performance.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2012)
Today AMD launched their new HD 7950, which aims at being a high-end graphics card due to its pricing, which is comparative to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 with its current market pricing.
by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2012)


It offers many monitoring and software voltage-control features and is well supported through overclocking software.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2012)
Boost and overclock out of the box will only affect gaming power-draw.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2012)
The game revolves around the epic battle between the Horde and Alliance factions with many other races getting involved in a long and complex story line.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)


Increased voltage will lead to increased stability at higher clock speeds, which is probably required to ensure that all cards can handle the increased clocks.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)
Now AMD has released a BIOS update that will improve the clock speeds of the card to provide a performance advantage against NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 660 Ti.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)
The new specifications see the GPU core-frequency increased to 850 MHz (from 800 MHz), and introduces PowerTune with Boost, which sends the GPU clock speed up to 925 MHz when applications demand it.
by techPowerUp! (Aug, 2012)


Sapphire does not use that trick, so power consumption with the boost BIOS is only slightly higher.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)
On the Sapphire Vapor-X, this feature has been extended to provide a BIOS that runs clocks beyond Sapphire's default clock for the HD 7950without any voltage changes, which will help keep power consumption in check.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)
Power consumption during gaming has increased compared to the HD 7950 reference design, but that was to be expected.
by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Tahiti PRO
Market Desktop
Clock speed 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 925 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 1,792
Texture mapping units 112
Render output processors 32
Compute units 28
Pixel rate 29.6 GPixel/s
Texture rate 103.6 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,315 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,250 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,000 MHz
Memory bus 384 bit
Memory 3,072 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 240 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 200W
Idle noise level 40.7 dB
Load noise level 55.6 dB
Idle power consumption 112W
Load power consumption 340W
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