Club 3D 7870 Joker XT Edition Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Club 3D HD7870XT Joker Edition Review  


The current selection of midrange Radeon cards provide some of the best value for money around in any hardware category. Not only are they good value but they perform excellent and, even better for us, they overclock well too. Club 3D are fairly new to our shores but both the HD7850 and HD7950 that we've reviewed have blown our socks off, and led to them taking home two of our Best of 2012 awards.

Today we're taking a look at the latest iteration of the HD7870, here in XT trim which comes with 256 additional stream processors when compared to the original HD7870 GPU.

Does the award-winning roll that Club 3D are on continue, or is this truly the joker in the pack?

Technical Specifications

It's not just the stream processor count that's been jacked up on the HD7870XT. Whereas the original HD7870 came on the Pitcairn GPU, the XT utilises a Tahiti LE GPU. This is a slightly cut-down version of the one found on the HD7950. So although it has the HD7870 name, it's actually got far more in common with a HD7950, except for a reduction in stream processors and less GDDR5 memory. We know that seems as clear as mud, so let's just get it on the bench rig and see how it performs. 


Product Name: Radeon HD 7870XT jokerCard
Product Series: Radeon HD 7000
Item Code: CGAX-7876XT
EAN Code: 8717249411437


Bus Interface: PCI Express 3.0


GPU Chipset: Tahiti LE
GPU Clock: 925 MHz
GPU Boost Clock: 975 MHz
Stream Processors: 1536


Multi-GPU: Dual CrossFire Ready


Memory Size: 2048MB
Memory Interface: 256 BIT
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Clock: 6000 MHz


Cooling Type: Active Fansink, CoolStream High Performance Cooling Technology


Idle: 30W
Idle ZCP mode enabled: 3W
Maximum load: < 210W


DirectX version: 11.1
OpenGL version: 4.2
OpenCL version: 1.2


Slot Width: 2 Slots
Profile: Standard profile
Card Size: 268x122x36mm


Card Weight: 672g

Output Configuration

DVI: 1x Dual-Link DVI-I
HDMI: 1x version 1.4a
Mini DisplayPort: 2x version 1.2
HDCP ready: YES

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Most Recent Comments

14-01-2013, 03:44:46

finally a black PCB..
man this Club 3D is churnin' out some interesting feature cards..
thanks, Tom.Quote

14-01-2013, 04:06:34

Awesome card and great review TTL dude.Quote

14-01-2013, 05:05:31

Quite some impressive numbers there for a card in that price range, and a black PCB at last. Someone has been listening.Quote

14-01-2013, 05:19:31

These Tahiti LE cards are really exciting although I understand that there aren't going to be a lot, if any, of Tahiti LE releases from other manufacturers. It is intended to be a limited edition so get one as soon as you can...they might not be around for that long.

The TUL corporation are a major source for these releases (and TUL either owns or contracts supplies to Club3D, Powercolor and VTX3D). I'm only aware of Sapphire being the other manufacturer to release a Tahiti LE; possibly because of other major manufacturers not wanting to compromise on the existing 7870/7950 price point given the amount of stock they will likely have.

Cards to look out for:
Club3D Joker
Powercolor 7870 Myst
VTX3D 7870 Black
Sapphire 7870 XT

There is also not going to be an AMD reference Tahiti LE. Also worth noting that this will not crossfire with other 7800 "Pitcairn" cards but will work with 7900 cards which obviously have the same "Tahiti" PCB.Quote

14-01-2013, 05:22:58

This reviewed version of the 7870 is a great value. With a nice look and with benchmarks that are better than any other 7870, also with some interesting results compared with other gpu. All of this makes this a great choice for any one that wants a good product vs cash. Nice review Tom.Quote

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