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AMD Radeon HD 7970 On Linux

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You've may have heard or seen that AMD introduced the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card this morning as their first product built in their "Southern Islands" family and is based on their new GPU architecture, but how well does it work under Linux for the open-source and closed-source AMD Catalyst Linux drivers?

First of all, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card is a 28nm beast that boasts 2048 Stream processors, 128 texture units, 925MHz core clock, 3GB of 5.5GHz effective GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit bus, and is their first product of GCN (Graphics Core Next), their new graphics architecture. The launch cost on her is $549 USD. GCN represents the largest architectural change for AMD since they launched the R600 GPU several years ago.

So how does the Radeon HD 7970 "Tahiti" work under Linux?

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