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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2012 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, southern islands, hd 7770, hd 7750, cape verde, amd, radeon, factory overclocked
The days of the HD 6870 are numbered as today we see the arrival of the new sub-$200 GPUs from AMD, the HD7770 and HD7750. The stock HD 7770 run at 1GHz with 640 stream processors, 40 texture units and 16 ROPs and the 1GB of memory rides on a 128-bit bus at 4.5GHz. The stock HD7750 has a slower core, running at 800MHz and a lower stream processor count of 512 as well as only 32 Texture units, with the memory subsystem unchanged from the HD7770.
Those who were disappointed by the lack of custom coolers and factory overclocks at the release of the HD 7970 will be happy to see the variety of HD7700 series cards. For instance [H]ard|OCP reviewed the XFX R7770 Black Edition Super Overclocked which has a custom cooler, a 120MHz overclock on the core and a 300Mhz on the memory, effectively 5.2GHz. [H] proved that there is more memory headroom available in this card, adding another 1.1GHz without needing to adjust the voltage. For those who are willing to risk upping the power there might be even more speed possible from this card.
"Today marks the launch of AMD's Radeon HD 7700 series of GPUs in the sub-$200 bracket. We've got a retail XFX R7770 Black Edition Super Overclocked video card just itching to show us what it can do. Will this Radeon HD 7770 based video card hold up to the likes of the Radeon HD 6870 and GeForce GTX 560 Ti? You may be surprised."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD's Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition @ The Tech Report
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Overclocked Video Card @ Pro-Clockers
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 XT 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- AMD HD7770 @ OC3D
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 & 7750 @ Legion Hardware
- XFX & Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Review @ Neoseeker
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Overclock Edition 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- AMD Radeon HD 7750 & Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition Review: Evading The Price/Performance Curve @ AnandTech
- AMD HD7770 Cape Verde with “Verdetrol 1GHz” @ SemiAccurate
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 & 7750 Launch Review @ Neoseeker
- AMD Radeon HD 7750 Pro 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler @ Funky Kit
- XFX & Sapphire HD 7770 1GB Review @ OCC
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 Video Card Reviews @ Legit Reviews
- MSI Radeon HD 7770 OC @ Guru of 3D
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 & Radeon HD 7750 @ Techspot
- XFX Radeon HD 7770 Jet Black Edition Super Overclock vs GTX 560 @ HardwareHeaven
- Sapphire HD 7770 Overclock Edition @ LanOC Reviews
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 & HD 7750 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- TX3D HD7770 1GHZ Edition Crossfire @ Kitguru
- HIS HD7750 iCooler @ Kitguru
- Sapphire HD7770 1GHZ Overclock Edition @ Kitguru
- AMD Radeon HD 7750 and 7770 @ Guru of 3D
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1 GB @ techPowerUp
Southern Islands Get Small
When AMD first started to talk to me about the upcoming Southern Islands GPUs they tried to warn me. Really they did. "Be prepared for just an onslaught of card releases for 2012," I was told. In much the same strategy the company took with the HD 6000 series of cards, the new Radeon HD 7000 cards have been trickling out, part by part, so as to make sure the name "AMD" and the brand "Radeon" are showing up as often as possible in your news feeds and on my keyboard. In late December we wrote our review of the Radeon HD 7970 3GB flagship card and then followed that up in January with a review of the Radeon HD 7950. In those briefings were told in a general way about Cape Verde, the Radeon HD 7700 series, and Pitcairn, the Radeon HD 7800 series, but without the details of performance, specifications or release dates. We have the answer for one more of these families now: Cape Verde.
Cape Verde is the smallest of the Southern Islands dies and falls into the sub-$175 graphics market depending on card vendors' pricing and overclocking settings. The real question we all wanted to know is what performance levels these new cards were going to offer and if they could be the TRUE successor to popular Radeon HD 5770. While the answer will take pages and pages of details to cement into place, I can say that while an impressive card, I wasn't as excited as I had wanted to be.
But I am getting ahead of myself... Check out our video review right here and then keep reading on for the full evaluation!!
AMD Cape Verde - the smallest of the Southern Islands
GPU companies like to brag when they are on top - you'll see that as a recurring theme in our story today. One such case is the success of the Radeon HD 5770 that mentioned above - it still today sits on the throne of the most adopted DX11 capable GPU on the Steam Hardware Survey, one of our best places for information on the general PC gamer.
While the inclusion of it, as well as the Radeon HD 5870 and HD 5850, on this list are great for AMD a couple of years ago, the lack of a 6000-series card here shows us that users need another reason to upgrade; another card that is mass market enough (ala under $200) and offers performance advantages that really push gamers to spend that extra cheddar.
Bring in the Cape Verde GPU...
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2012 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, kilowatt, 80 gold, modular psu, xfx, ProSeries 1250W
It seems a short while ago that we joked about 240V 10 amp plugs soon being required for high end machines which pull more than 1000W at peak usage. Now most major vendors offer at least one unit which can provide 1kW of power or more, and thankfully doesn't need you to hire an electrician to install it. XFX, who more often produce the video cards which require powering, has released a new PSU called the ProSeries 1250W. It is rated as an 80 PLUS Gold PSU, which testing showed to be accurate at high loads but not so much at lower power loads. As with most PSUs in this class it has as single 12V rail which is capable of delivering an impressive 104 amps. If you need this kind of wattage to power your next dream machine, check out TechPowerUp's review.
"XFX is well known for their graphic cards but for quite some time they are also into the PSU market with two series called classic and Pro. Today we will test the flagship unit of the Pro series which with 1250W capacity will easily power even the most demanding systems."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- NZXT HALE82 650W and 750W @ AnandTech
- NZXT HALE82 750-watt Power Supply @ Tweaktown
- FSP Aurum CM Series Gold 650W @ kitguru
- NZXT HALE82 850-watt Power Supply @ Tweaktown
- Antec High Current Gamer 620W Power Supply Review @ OCC
- Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650 W @ techPowerUp
- Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 800W Power Supply Unit Review @ eTeknix
- Super Flower Golden King 1000 W @ techPowerUp
- Lepa G500 Power Supply Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Corsair Individual Sleeved Modular PSU Cables @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 26, 2012 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, GCN, asus, southern islands, radeon, pcie 3.0, dx 11.1, amd, 7970, 28nm
[H]ard|OCP recently came out with two HD7970 reviews, one made by ASUS and one by XFX. The ASUS Radeon HD 7970 is currently one of the least expensive choices at $559 and runs at the default speeds of 925MHz and 1375MHz. It does ship with ASUS' GPU Tweak utility to allow for easy overclocking if you wish to push the card like [H] did, in their case to 1125MHz on the GPU core, and 1695MHz GDDR5.
The other choice is the XFX R7970 Black Edition which is a custom card, overclocked to 1GHz on the core and 1425MHz GDDR5 but costs $50 more than the offering from ASUS. At the out of the box speeds, XFX's card both draws less energy and runs much cooler and was silent compared to the ASUS offering. Even after [H] overclocked the card to 1125MHz core and 1575MHz GDDR5, which was the maximum possible using AMD's Overdrive, it was almost silent when running full out.
The decision seems to be how much it is worth to you to have a quiet card and if you are willing to find a way to overclock beyond what the Catalyst Control Center can manage.
"We have the new XFX R7970 Black Edition video card to evaluate, which is XFX's current flagship Radeon HD 7970 based video card. With a custom PCB, custom hardware components and custom cooling fan, will it take us to new heights in overclocking, or leave us wishing we had just purchased a "reference" card?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6670 @ TechwareLab
- Sapphire HD 7970 3GB Video Cards in CrossFire Overclocked @ Tweaktown
- Asus HD7970 Tri Crossfire @ Kitguru
- ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II Top Video Card @ Legit Reviews
- HIS Radeon HD 6570 IceQ @ Funky Kit
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Cards in 3-Way CrossFireX @ Tweaktown
- HIS 6670 1GB Fan @ XSReviews
- ASUS Radeon HD 7970 3GB CrossFire Review @ Legit Reviews
- An Open-Source, Reverse-Engineered Mali GPU Driver @ Phoronix
- Arctic Accelero XTREME Plus II VGA cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
- Graphics Card Overclocking: Is it really worth it? @ TechSpot
- KFA2 MDT X4 – GTX580 @ Kitguru
- Galaxy GeForce GT 440 2GB Review @ Neoseeker
- Galaxy GT 520 MDT Review @ OCC
- Nouveau For A $10 NVIDIA Graphics Card @ Phoronix
Retail-ready HD 7970
We first showed off the power of the new AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB graphics card in our reference review posted on December 22nd. If you haven't read all about the new Southern Islands architecture and the Tahiti chip that powers the HD 7970 then you should already be clicking the link above to my review to get up to speed. Once you have done so, please return here to continue.
Welcome back, oh wise one. Now we are ready to proceed. By now you already know that the Radeon HD 7970 is the fastest GPU on the planet, besting the NVIDIA GTX 580 by a solid 20-30% in most cases. For our first retail card review we are going to be looking at the XFX Black Edition Double Dissipation that overclocks the GPU and memory clocks slightly and offers a new cooler that promises to be more efficient and quieter.
Let's put XFX to the test!
The XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation
Because of the use of a completely custom cooler, the XFX HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation looks completely different than the reference model we tested last month though the feature set remains identical. The silver and black motif works well here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 26, 2011 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hd 6950, amd, gigabyte, msi, xfx, factory overclocked
Heading to The Tech Report will bring you to a round up of HD6950's including Gigabyte's GV-R695OC-1GD, the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1G/OC and the XFX HD-695X-ZDDC. The GPU clocks range from 830MHz to 870MHz and RAM ranging from the stock 1250MHz to 1350MHz, with the MSI and XFX offering their own overclocking tools and Gigabyte relying on the Catalyst Control Center for further overclocking. MSI's offering came out looking very good, with the best performance and the best power efficiency and thanks to a mail in rebate it picks up the best ratings in the round up. It is a close race though with the cards performing very similarly, as you can see in the review.
"We've gathered three souped-up Radeon HD 6950 graphics cards from Gigabyte, MSI, and XFX. Which one delivers the most bang for your buck?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Great Value from Sapphire: Radeon HD 6870 Dirt 3 Edition and Radeon HD 6850 Vapor-X @ X-bit Labs
- Inexpensive Hi-End: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1 GD5 Power Edition/OC @ X-bit Labs
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 DiRT 3 Special Edition Review @ OCC
- AMD’s flagship HD6990: is silent air cooling possible? @ kitguru
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Mobile GPU Comparison Guide @ X-bit Labs
- EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified 3 GB @ X-bit Labs
- Gigabyte GTX580 Super Overclock @ OC3D
- Palit GTX 560 Ti Twin Light Turbo 1GB @ Tweaktown
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card Drawing @ Legit Reviews
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti @ Phoronix
- Palit GTX 560 Ti Twin Light Turbo Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2011 - 09:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, PSU, easy rail, contest
XFX is giving away 10 PSUs, one each day, to a lucky winner who has registered for their giveaway. Each day they zero out the applications so you must re-enter the contest every day, though only one entry per day will count. Winners will get an email and have 24 hours to respond otherwise XFX will pick a new winner. You can also read more about XFX 's PSUs on this page in case you aren't convinced that getting one for free is a good enough reason to try them out.
- Contest Period: June 6-10, 2011 and June 13-17, 2011.
- Everyone that registers from 12:01 AM to 12:00 PM on the contest period above will be drawn each day for a daily prize.
- Please register only once a day. Duplicate entry on the same day will be taken out to give everyone equal winning chance.
- Winners will be chosen in a daily drawing. If you don’t win today, you can register again tomorrow for a chance to win tomorrow’s prize.
- Winners will be contacted via email. You have to reply back to us within 24 hours of the time of receiving the notification to be able to win the prize. If 24 hours are past, we will contact the next eligible winner of that day.
- Once winners are confirmed, we will announce their name on this contest page. This contest is open to North America residents only
- You must be 18 years old and up to be qualified for this contest. You must register with a valid email address and mailing address in order to qualify to win. You are not qualified to enter the contest again if you are already win the prize in this same contest.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | May 24, 2011 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, sapphire, powercolor, msi, his, free, dirt 3, amd
If you haven't heard of DiRT 3 by now, you've been missing one of the more technically innovative games developed recently. Racing fans will go overboard for the choice of cars, spanning 50 years of racing history, which you can compete with in races across all terrain types and the more artistic will like the freestyle gymkhana events.
The techies will be impressed by the depth of support for DX11 features and we're not just talking about tessellation added on as an afterthought. The game was designed from the ground up to take advantage of the best graphics cards and to move the way light and shadows interact beyond DX10 HDR and the features other new games have been using.
Whichever you are, picking up a new Radeon card from Sapphire, Powercolor, MSI, HIS or XFX nets you a free copy of the game! How can you go wrong with that?
Being a Gaming Evolved title, we worked with Codemasters very closely on this one - DiRT 3 makes advances in graphics technologies, taking full advantage of the DirectX™ 11 API, first supported by AMD Radeon graphics. Here’s a glimpse of what DiRT 3 is truly capable of doing – giving players the ultimate visual experience:
- Shader Model 5.0 Contact Hardening Shadows
- DirectCompute Accelerated High Definition Ambient Occlusion
- Optimized Hardware Tessellation
We believe DiRT 3 is such a great game, that we’ve been working with our AIB partners to make this game widely accessible to everyone who buys an AMD Radeon graphics card from our select AIBs, FOR FREE – please visit www.amd.com/dirt3 for more details.
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