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AMD Radeon HD 7970 Launch Pulled Forward to 22nd December, Rumour Claims

AMD could be launching its flagship Radeon HD 7970 graphics card before the end of the year, with sources claiming the original launch date of the 9th January has now been pulled back to the 22nd December.

According to VR-Zone, the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card - the flagship model in AMD's upcoming 'Tahiti' GPU range, based on a 28nm process size - will now ship before the end of the year, albeit in limited quantities.

Other models in the range, including the AMD Radeon HD 7950, will retain their existing 9th January launch date, the site's sources have explained.

The site also claims that, unlike previous launches which have seen hardware partners focus on providing boards based on AMD's own reference design, hardware manufacturers will be given complete freedom from day one to create custom boards - suggesting that pre-overclocked models will be a major feature of companies' line-ups for the coming year.

AMD, for its part, refuses to speculate on rumour or conjecture - leaving fans of its high-performance graphics, and those who prefer rival Nvidia's products, on tenterhooks until the alleged launch date of the 22nd December. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.