When AMD released their reference Pitcairn HD7850 and HD7870 early March, I was really impressed with the range. The price point for the HD7870 is around the £270-£280 inc vat mark, meaning it will target a wide audience of enthusiast gamers who don’t want to fork out the extra money for the HD7950 or HD7970. Both of these cards are really expensive … around £355 for the HD7950 and £470 for the HD7970.
Gigabyte’s HD7870 Overclock Edition is a memorable graphics card, particularly for the incredibly low noise emissions. The engineers deliberately opted for a triple fan cooler so they could spin each of the fans as slowly as possible, and the design really does deliver the goods.
When gaming in a moderately warm room, the card hovered just under 50c which is 17c better than the reference cooler.
It may seem like overkill, but for a media center with a primary focus on gaming, this Gigabyte card would make an excellent first choice. The overclocked core clock allows this HD7870 to perform at a level close to the more expensive HD7950 in the majority of games.
Pricing in the United Kingdom has yet to be confirmed, but we would expect this card to demand a small premium over the reference card. Gigabyte need to keep the price below £299 inc vat however, or it will be getting periously close to the least expensive HD7950’s. OCUK for instance have an offer right now for the HIS HD7950 at £335.99.
If you can find this card for under £270 inc vat, then we reckon you should snap one up, immediately.
- Excellent performance.
- Almost silent.
- cooler maintains a <50c threshold when gaming.
- additional headroom for manual overclocking.
- The semi translucent black plastic might not appeal to some.
Kitguru says: An almost silent high performance gaming card which runs at under 50c, when gaming. Its an attractive combination.