AMD Radeon HD 7970 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2012-07-31

Thanks to the new price reductions, the vanilla RADEON HD 7970 from AMD still remains attractive, can deliver quite good performances even at high resolutions as 2560x1440 and when overclocked it becomes a serious competitor even for the Nvidias' flagship, the GTX 680.

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Packaging, A Closer Look

The Radeon HD 7970 sample card has arrived in a plain white cardboard box, fully protected on both top and bottom with a sponge-like material; the board itself was wrapped in an anti-static bag:




Since the top plastic shroud of the card is made of shiny plastic, AMD had to cover it with a transparent plastic film, to avoid scratches during transit:




The card PCB is fully covered with a nice black/red themed top cover:




The RADEON logo is debossed onto the central red line:




On the lateral we will locate the product serial number, along with a “Hot! Do not touch!” warning sign:




Moving on, we will find two additional ventilation holes:




The card features a new fan design with larger, wider blades for better airflow, optimized for lower fan speeds and acoustics. The fan blows air onto the 6th generation vapor chamber heatsink and it gets evacuated outside the case:





Nearby we will also find the PCI-Express 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors:




The board features two Crossfire fingers, along with the dual BIOS toggle switch:




The card features a clean design on the back side of the PCB and it’s total length is 27.5cm:




The card features one DVI port, a single HDMI port and two mini-DisplayPorts. The ports are placed on a single slot so the second one is used only for evacuating hot air:



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Comment from jmke @ 2013/01/08
I've just upgraded my Asus Radeon 6870 to the smaller brother of the card you reviewed, the Asus Radeon HD 7950; to be exact the: ASUS HD7950-DC2T-3GD5-V2

which comes with 900Mhz GPU (instead of stock 800Mhz) and features a 3 slot design for extremely silent cooling; does make a difference

but I meanly picked this card because of this

Full size DisplayPort Output, HDMI out and two DVI; that way I can keep my 3 monitor config without having to look into more adapters

reason for upgrade is because the HD6870 is getting a bit on the slow end at 5760*1200 resolution is recent games; Far Cry 3 was playable at low-med detail setting at ~30fps... with the 7950 that is bumped up to 40fps with high details