AMD Radeon HD 7970, Radeon HD 7950 Boards Tipped for 9th January Release

AMD's Radeon HD 7900 series of graphics cards is due to launch on the 9th January, with the high-end Radeon HD 7970 expected to fetch around €500 in Europe.

While unconfirmed by AMD itself, which is keeping its next GPU family under close guard until its official launch as it continues its tit-for-tat battle with graphics rival Nvidia, DonanimHaber claims to have obtained information about the launch date from a reliable source close to the company.

Designed to offer up to 1.5GB of high-speed graphics memory on each card thanks to a 384-bit memory bus, AMD's Radeon 7900 family is rumoured to be launching in order to win back support from high-end gamers willing to spend surprising quantities of money on one - or more - high-end cards.

The initial launch is believed to be concentrating on the high-end, with AMD's hardware partners expected to release Radeon HD 7970 and Radeon HD 7950 PCI Express graphics boards based on AMD's 'Graphics Core Next' architecture and a 28nm GPU codenamed 'Tahiti.'

AMD, for its part, has refused to comment on rumours or speculation regarding unannounced products.