This card is a mouth full to say and more than one in size.
As you can see it is substantially larger than my less than svelt EVGA GTX 560 Ti. The 560 is a great card. Frankly if I had just bought the 2GB version I would not own the Asus 7950 right now.
Why did I buy it? Skyrim. I have spent frankly insane amount of time in Skyrim and I am on my 2nd play through and loving it as much as day one. However I love mods and going over 1GB of ram is far too easily done with some texture packs.
Also longer term I hope we can get away from crappy low PPI displays and up to around 125PPI+ screens. Really 1440P at 23” or 24” would be fine by me. However that extra res needs more grunt and now I have that.
Raw numbers from Uningine’s DirectX 11 Benchmark :
Uningine’s DirectX 11 Benchmark
|Name||FPS||Score||Min FPS||Max FPS|
|GTX 560 Ti||67.2||1694||26.6||136.0|
Where the 7950 really comes into its own is bandwidth, there is always more in the tank.
That’s why Skyrim can look like this:
This one is with the Jasmin 4.9 Real ENB