XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Graphics Card Review

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AMD launched their new flagship HD7970 graphics card in December, and we have been extremely impressed with the solution as it has claimed the top performance slot … knocking the GTX580 from the throne. Today AMD have lifted the NDA on partner cards and we have several reviews for your enjoyment. We had expected that there would be no partner cards with custom cooling solutions at this early stage, but XFX have surprised us by sending a ‘Double Dissipation’ model with proprietary dual fan cooler. Excited? you should be.

In 2011, XFX released some of the finest AMD graphics cards, featuring their ‘DD’ coolers. Our testing highlighted great performance from this cooling solution, and today we are looking at their latest version of the Double Dissipation cooler, showcased on the XFX R7970.

Isn’t this one of the most beautiful video cards you have ever seen? But is it as good as it looks? Time to find out …

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  • HIS HD7970 Crossfire Review | KitGuru
    January 9, 2012
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  • Sapphire Pure Black X79N Motherboard and HD7970 GPU Review | KitGuru
    January 9, 2012
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  • Adrian
    January 9, 2012
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    Wow…Wow…Wow!!! I can’t wait for Ivybridge chips to start rolling in so I can start thinking about one of these or any of the possible new custom coolers/pcb designs coming out. For now the 6970 will do me just fine.

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  • XFX is launching its super powerful 7 Series! | Kaira Global Blog
    January 9, 2012
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  • XFX is launching its super powerful 7 Series! | Kaira Global Malaysia Blog
    January 9, 2012
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  • Ethan
    January 9, 2012
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    They did supply it in an overclocked state. Its called the Black Double D 7970. I bought one just now lol. Its over clocked at 1 Ghz out of the box.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150586

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  • Colin
    January 9, 2012
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    seems they have two models, one with an updated bios. good move !

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  • Radeon HD 7970: Partners’ Boards Available - 3D Tech News and Pixel Hacking - Geeks3D.com
    January 9, 2012
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    [...] – Review: kitguru.net [...]

  • Peter Saunders
    January 9, 2012
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    XFX have two versions of this card available soon. this is the non black edition which kitguru reviewed, at reference clocks. FX-797A-TDFC

    The black edition seems only available in America this week, and its 1ghz clocks – its FX-797A-TDBC. They seem identical cards, so the non black edition is better value as price is lower. Black Editions are meant to be hand picked but I think either Kitguru got a great card, or they are all the same batch as 1,200mhz is pretty much as good as it gets when ocd’

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  • XFX siūlo neetaloninį Radeon HD 7970 | FACEIT.LT
    January 9, 2012
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    [...] kompanijos pavadinimas. Beje, ši XFX vaizdo plokštės versija jau suspėjo pabuvoti resurso KitGuru laboratorijoje. Čia paaiškėjo, jog XFX Double Dissipation sistema tylesnė už etaloninę [...]

  • Kenny
    January 9, 2012
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    Great looking card, love the cooler !

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  • Desmond
    January 9, 2012
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    I am getting one of these when they are availabile.

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  • XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Graphics Card Review | KitGuru | G-FX.NET
    January 9, 2012
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  • Monday Shortbread | EconoLan
    January 9, 2012
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    [...] Reviews, KitGuru, PC Perspective, and TweakTown review XFX R7970 Double [...]

  • Gary Odonnell
    January 9, 2012
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    Very sexy ! nice job from XFX on this card. out of my price range, but pisses on all the rest today.

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  • Новости компьютерного мира - XFX предлагает неэталонный вариант Radeon HD 7970
    January 9, 2012
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    [...] Если верить результатам тестов на сайте KitGuru, эта система охлаждения опережает эталонную на [...]

  • NOTBIASED
    January 9, 2012
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    omg, this card is out of this world, am waiting for the next batch as the ones i wanted are all sold out, am going XFX this time round… good job xfx & amd/ati

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  • mbryans
    January 9, 2012
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    HD 7970 consumes only 250 watts just like HD 6970, so the temperature and noise from R7970 XFX DD is still considered average, not interesting. Components used by XFX look cheap.

    I’m waiting, who is able to make HD 7970 has load temperature below 60 and noise below 30 dBA. Is Asus or MSI Twin Frozr DirectCU?

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  • Zardon
    January 9, 2012
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    Im curious mbryans. what ‘components’ look cheap?

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  • XFX es el primer fabricante en lanzar un diseño personalizado de la Radeon HD7970 | Hard Zone : Hardware, Reviews, Noticias, Tutoriales, Foros de ayuda
    January 10, 2012
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    [...] Ya hay un análisis de esta gráfica de XFX, realizado por KitGuru: ENLACE. [...]

  • XFX udgaver af Radeon HD 7970
    January 10, 2012
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    [...] XFX HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation 3GB Video Card Review :: TweakTown USA Edition XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Graphics Card Review | KitGuru Lidt test med XFX 7970, bla med støj test af dobbelt blæseren [...]

  • The News: Radeon HD 7970 Edition | MEGATechNews
    January 10, 2012
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    [...] – ASUS Radeon HD 7970 CrossFireKitGuru – HIS HD7970 Crossfire Review, XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Graphics Card Review, Sapphire Pure Black X79N Motherboard and HD7970 GPU ReviewHardwareHeaven – HIS Radeon HD [...]

  • mbryans
    January 24, 2012
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    What I mean with look cheap is the blue-pink colored capacitors on the PCB, as painted by hand. As a semi-custom graphics card, the XFX card is is more like a reference card with custom cooler added. XFX should use a special color or logo on the capacitors and other components. Looks cheap does not mean really cheap, but rather to it felt.

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  • mbryans
    January 24, 2012
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    I think there is something wrong from HQV 2.0 table. After the “Resolution Enhancement”, followed by “Theme Park”, “Driftwood”, “Beach at Dusk” (not “Ferris Wheel”), and “White and Black Cats” (this is not in table). End with “Skin Tones”.

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  • MWTS 2 X XFX Double Dissipation 7970 (1 month old) - www.hardwarezone.com.sg
    April 8, 2012
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    [...] 7970 (1 month old) MWTS 2 pieces of XFX Double Dissipation Edition 7970 3GB(Non Reference). XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Graphics Card Review | KitGuru This is might want to sell thread as I am thinking of going full water cooling rig so might be [...]

  • XFX launches first custom HD 7970 card - eTeknix
    April 11, 2012
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    [...] bracket with XFX branding. A review is out already, you can read a full review of this card here courtesy of [...]

  • MWTS XFX 7970 Double Dissipation Edition 1 Month Old
    April 12, 2012
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    [...] MWTS 2 pieces of XFX Double Dissipation Edition 7970 3GB(Non Reference). XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Graphics Card Review | KitGuru This is might want to sell thread as I am thinking of going full water cooling rig so might be [...]

  • Old Gamer
    December 25, 2012
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    [...] acoustic performance of the XFX 7970 are all over the place, but I finally caved on the basis of this review by Kit Guru. If 32.1 dB is a reasonably accurate measurement, fan noise somewhere between a [...]

  • Blackops_2
    January 7, 2013
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    I was under the impression voltage was locked on these cards?

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  • poep
    January 9, 2013
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    There is no voltage lock if you use Sapphire Trix 4.4.0 B.
    Otherwise ur limited.

    And afterburner is gh3y software these days which limits almost everything!! even the maximum clocks you can set i hope they die those mofos who make afterburner, F***ING HATE THOSE F*GGOTS!!

    DIE!

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  • Sean
    March 19, 2013
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    the card may be crazy powerful, but longevity is a joke. I have been a long time xfx fan but after my recent experience I’ll NEVER buy another xfx product. 4 months ago I purchased their 7970 ghz edition card and about 30 days ago it fried, and by fried I mean computer won’t “post” with card installed. Their warranty policy is horrible and it will likely take you a month to get your replacement. I actually read their warranty policy which states they do not actually have to replace the card you send them with the same brand ie. AMD or Nvidia. On top of that they do not offer an advanced replacement option, I even offered to let them hold the full retail value from my bank account to make sure they got their defective card back…. “nope I do not have the ability to do that” I actually paid not only for shipping to them but put a return shipping label in the box so I didn’t have to wait for their 5 to 7 day gound shipping on the return. About 2 weeks ago I received my replacement 7970 ghz and all was good, until last night when the exact same failure took place and again after only 2 weeks I have a brand new dead XFX 7970 ghz edition video card. God I wish I would have done some research instead of just buying from the brand I had used in the past. Think I’ll look into ASUS’s ROG series, they actually offered an advanced exchange when my crosshair v died.

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