Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2012 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, HD7950, double d, 7970 ghz edition
Not only is XFX's latest HD7970 a Gigahertz Edition it also bears their proprietary Double Dissipation cooler. This not only provides efficient cooling but also gives the card top a very distinct look to go with the black PCB on the back. The card runs at the stock speeds of a 7970 GHz edition, though with the help of AMD Overdrive [H]ard|OCP hit 1210MHz on the GPU and 6.86GHz on the memory. In the end though that was not enough to win a recommendation from [H] as there is not much difference in the performance between this card and a customized GTX670 ... which happens to average $30 less in price.
"With continuous AMD price drops the XFX Double D HD 7970 GHz Edition video card has dropped into line with many of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 670 cards. Find out if the XFX's Double Dissipation technology will excel this video cards overclocking potential when we put it head to head with GeForce GTX 680 and overclocked GeForce GTX 670."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Ubuntu 12.10: Open-Source Radeon vs. AMD Catalyst Performance @ Phoronix
- HIS HD7970 IceQX² Turbo & HIS HD7950 IceQ @ Kitguru
- PowerColor DEVIL13 Radeon HD 7990 6GB Video Card Overclocked @ Tweaktown
- PowerColor DEVIL13 Radeon HD 7990 6GB @ Tweaktown
- AMD Catalyst 12.11 Windows 7 Driver Analysis @ Tweaktown
- MOH WarFighter Graphics VGA performance with 23 graphics cards @ Guru of 3D
- MSI GEFORCE GTX 650 1GB Power Edition Video Card Overclocked @ Tweaktown
- Palit GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB JetStream @ eteknix
- Zotac Geforce GTX 650 Ti AMP! Edition Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- MSI GEFORCE GTX 650 Ti 1GB Power Edition @ Tweaktown
- MSI GEFORCE GTX 650 Ti 1GB Power Edition Video Card Overclocked @ Tweaktown
- ASUS GeForce GTX 680 & GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition Video Card Reviews @ Legit Reviews
- GALAXY GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB SLI @ [H]ard|OCP
XFX Throws into the Midrange Ring
Who is this XFX? This is a brand that I have not dealt with in a long time. In fact, the last time I had an XFX card was some five years ago, and it was in the form of the GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition. This was a pretty awesome card for the time, and it seemed to last forever in terms of performance and features in the new DX 10 world that was 2007/2008. This was a heavily overclocked card, and it would get really loud during gaming sessions. I can honestly say though that this particular card was troublefree and well built.
XFX has not always had a great reputation though, and the company has gone through some very interesting twists and turns over the years. XFX is a subsidiary of Pine Technologies. Initially XFX dealt strictly with NVIDIA based products, but a few years back when the graphics market became really tight, NVIDIA dropped several manufacturers and focused their attention on the bigger partners. Among the victims of this tightening were BFG Technologies and XFX. Unlike BFG, XFX was able to negotiate successfully with AMD to transition their product lineup to Radeon products. Since then XFX has been very aggressive in pursuing unique designs based on these AMD products. While previous generation designs did not step far from the reference products, this latest generation is a big step forward for XFX.