PowerColor HD7970 Overclocking & Eyefinity Review

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PowerColor HD7970 Eyefinity Review


Now we've discovered how surprisingly good the HD7970 is, and that by any measure it's a great card capable of pushing a GTX580 to the limits and sometimes surpassing dual-GPU cards, it's time to really stretch it out.

Enter PowerColor.

We've reviewed quite a few cards from PowerColor in the last twelve months including some hardcore liquid-cooled cards and our very recent look at the Zenith of the Cayman XT cards, the Devil 13 HD6970.

Now being such a new piece of hardware this is very much a reference card with a different sticker. So there isn't a huge amount of interesting things to comment upon that isn't just repeating what we've pointed out in the VTX3D review. So because these are all going up at the same time, and to save you all reading the same thing over and over, let's crack on with taking a look at the PowerColor.


Does anyone else look at the design and instantly think of Stargate? It's great to see that PowerColor are including a game in the box, something that far too few companies do. Although we'd like to see something that isn't so ubiquitous that we don't know anybody who hasn't got Dirt3 already, it's always nice to get a freebie. 

About the only thing we don't really like is how the graduated text blends a bit too much into the box art. This is a HD7970, the first great card from the red team in well over a year. It needs to stand out more we think.

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Most Recent Comments

09-01-2012, 00:00:35


Next up in our insane look at the HD7970 is Powercolor, purveyors of some of our favourite Radeon cards.

Continue ReadingQuote

09-01-2012, 03:28:57


09-01-2012, 03:32:57

Good work AMD. Nice to see.Quote

09-01-2012, 04:23:04

These cards are retailing in Australia for the same price as a 3gig GTX580 so bang for buck can't beat it ATM.Quote

09-01-2012, 05:21:58

Just amazing...

Great vids Tom. All we need know are better drivers.

The prices are a bit steep but what the hell.

Personally I'm going to wait till their are some oc editions with better cooling before i shell out 800+ on a couple of these beauty's.

Great work Tom, go have a lie down know. Quote

09-01-2012, 05:28:16

XFX has already released their dual fan version.Quote

09-01-2012, 05:33:08

Originally Posted by Lollipop View Post

XFX has already released their dual fan version.
Thanks for that, just got back on my pc after 2 weeks of family fun

I'm guna wait a few more weeks to see whats what before i declare my self bankrupt. Quote

09-01-2012, 05:37:24

Wait for Saphires monster 1335mhz at stock card Quote

09-01-2012, 05:42:40

Originally Posted by SieB View Post

Wait for Saphires monster 1335mhz at stock card
Will do sounds tasty, and date for release?Quote

09-01-2012, 05:44:11

Originally Posted by 8bit View Post

Will do sounds tasty, and date for release?
No date but it is in the works, maybe a couple of weeks or so, not sure to be honest.Quote

09-01-2012, 15:04:16

| raVen |
In retailers there are pictures of the card with this ugly red pcb, for example VTX one on Aria, but Toms one have black pcb? Does that mean that they will be selling this cards with only black pcb?Or somebody can get unhappy and get the red one???

Also really looking for it to get one of those and put water block on it Quote

09-01-2012, 15:06:56

The XFX Black Edition looks amazing .Quote

10-01-2012, 00:23:58

The 7970 looks pretty cool. Hopefully AMD will continue to impress with their video card line up. Anticipating what the vendors will be bringing out in terms of their respective coolers and card variations. Quote

06-03-2012, 00:52:21

1125mhz oc with CCC. Was this the maximum limit and how far can it be pushed mhz/mV? Can it be pushed further in msi afterburner perhaps.

I like the performance of this card. It beats the Gigabyte oc in so many benches :-)

Maybe TTL or someone else could anwear about this. Thanks in advanceQuote

09-03-2012, 12:37:47

Great review. The 7970 is quite the card.Quote

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