The Club3D HD7970 RoyalAce Graphics Card ships in a black and red box which again features the letter ‘A’ normally seen on playing cards. Nothing wrong with the design however, I quite like the minimalistic approach.
The Club3D bundle is extensive. There are game codes for Dirt Showdown, Medal Of Honor Warfighter and Shogun 2. Club3D also supply a software disc, ‘Do Not Disturb’ door hanger, installation instructions and several video converter cables. Its a well rounded bundle and one of the best we have seen in recent months.
The Club3D HD7970 RoyalAce Graphics Card is a dual fan model with a plastic shell covering the full length of the PCB. Unlike some other modified coolers, Club3D has designed this one to perfectly match the length of the PCB with no ‘overhang’. This card is built on a sexy black PCB, in contrast to the HD7870 Royal King which was built on a red PCB.
This is a dual slot cooler.
Copper heatpipes are visible from both sides of the cooling solution, and we will take a closer look at this shortly when we disassemble the card.
The Club3D HD7970 RoyalAce is Crossfire capable in 2,3 and 4 way configurations.
It demands power from an 8 pin and a 6 pin PCI connector as shown above.
The Club3D HD7970 RoyalAce features a single DVI port, a full sized HDMI port and two mini Displayports. The video converters supplied in the box allow these mini Displayports to be used with other interface connectors.
The cooler is comprised of three thick copper heatpipes which run from the copper base into two racks of aluminum fins on either side. The Club3D HD7970 RoyalAce is using high grade Hynix H5GQ2H24AFR GDDR5 memory. There is an additional heatsink on the VRM’s to help provide stability under these high clock speeds.
A GPUz overview of the hardware. As we mentioned on the previous page, the core is overclocked to 1,100mhz which should give the card a noticeable speed boost over the reference design. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 6Gbps and is connected via a 384 bit memory interface.
The card has dual geometry engines, eight render back ends, 2048 unified shaders, 32 color ROPs per clock and 128 Z/stencil ROPs per clock. It is a powerful card and AMD’s current reference flagship.