Today we are looking at a new card from Club3D – the HD7870 Royal King, which ships in an overclocked configuration with custom cooler. The big question we will answer today, can Club3d compete in this competitive marketplace against the likes of market leader Sapphire?
CLUB3D do not have huge visibility in the United Kingdom, and when they offered us a video card for review we had to do a little background research. The company are based in Amsterdam and they currently sell a range of video cards, power supplies, digital sound cards, USB graphics adapters and cables. There is a little more background on the company on this page, if you are interested.
Unlike Sapphire or VTX3D however they sell both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards which is not an easy balancing act. XFX tried it for a while and we know how that worked out.
On the road to ‘first review research’, I decided to have a poke around their website and found the card they sent us for review, under the AMD product category, inside the ‘Extreme‘ submenu.
The company policy seems to be based around a ‘playing card’ concept, and many of their discrete solutions are named after these characters. The HD7870 solution we are looking at today for instance has four different versions on their website called Radeon HD 7870 royalKing , Radeon HD 7870 royalQueen , HD7870 Eyefinity 6 and lastly the Radeon HD 7870 JokerCard.
The RoyalKing series are the ‘overclocked’ models, in this case the HD7870 we have for review has been bumped to 1,050mhz, and the RoyalQueen has to make do with 1,000mhz.
The HD7870 EyeFinity 6 looks almost identical to the VTX3D HD7870 Eyefinity 6 that we reviewed a short while ago – designed for multiple screen support with 6 mini DisplayPort connectors. The HD7870 JokerCard looks identical to the RoyalQueen version – same 1,000mhz core clock speed. We checked with Club3D and they told us that the JokerCard edition has a Dirt Showdown designed box with game voucher bundled.
|Product||Club3D HD7870 Royal King 2GB||AMD HD7950||AMD HD7870||AMD HD7850|
|Core Clock speed||1050mhz||800mhz||1000mhz||860mhz|
|Compute Performance||2.56 TFLOPS||2.87 TFLOPS||2.56 TFLOPS||1.76 TFLOPS|
|Texture Fillrate||80 GT/s||89.6 GT/s||80 GT/s||55.0 GT/s|
|Pixel Fillrate||32.0 GP/s||25.6 GP/s||32.0 GP/s||27.52 GP/s|
|Memory Type||2GB GDDR5||3GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5|
|Memory Data Rate||4.8Gbps||5.0 Gbps||4.8 Gbps||4.8 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||153.6 GB/s||240 GB/s||153.6 GB/s||153.6 GB/s|
The Club3D HD7870 Royal King has received a core clock boost to 1,050mhz although the memory speeds are identical to the reference card, clocked at 1,200mhz (4.8Gbps effective).