Club 3D 7870 Joker XT Edition Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

Club 3D HD7870XT Joker Edition Review

Test Setup

Club3D HD7870XT Joker Edition
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum
Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64  

Overclocking and Temperatures

One of the most stunning things about the Club 3D range has been how readily they overclock. We often talk of the silicon lottery here at OC3D, the fact that not all chips are created equal, but as this is the third Club 3D card we've tested that overclocks like a banshee we have to say that it's more a product of the excellent design. The Joker easily pushes to 1150MHz on the GPU core, so hopefully we'll see a nice boost in frame-rates.

 Club 3D HD7870XT Joker Edition Review

Temperatures are a little disappointing. The Coolstream cooler has been excellent in its other guises, but the Tahiti LE is just starting to push it a bit too far, with temperatures still tolerable, even if their right at the top end of our acceptable level. Because of these high temperatures the fan works very hard most of the time, especially when overclocked, which means it's not the quietest card we've tested either. Hopefully the performance will be worth the inconvenience.

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Most Recent Comments

14-01-2013, 03:44:46

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

14-01-2013, 04:06:34

CEUOTC
Awesome card and great review TTL dude.Quote

14-01-2013, 05:05:31

dragoonk
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

Master&Puppet
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

Koolzy
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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