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ASUS HD7970-3GD5 AMD 3072MB DDR5 PCIE DLDVI/HDMI/Mini DP Video Graphics Card

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Pros: Powerful High Res Performance, 3GB Video Memory, Overclocks Well

Cons: Noise and Heat on reference cooler

After owing my HD 6950 for over a year and a half, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and upgrade my graphics card. I needed a card with at least 2GB video memory, and I wanted something I could water cool for a future loop. I didn't want to pay a premium for an Nvidia card, so I ended up sticking with AMD, purchasing the gruntiest single GPU they offered.


Nvidia had been leading the market recently, with their GTX 5xx, no single AMD card came close to GTX 580 performance. Until the release of the 7xxx series. The 7970 instantly took the title of fastest single GPU on the market with ease, at a price point everyone loved.

The 7970 is a very fast graphics card, it'll handle anything. It will work for multimonitor gaming perfectly, although If you want those high resolutions while maintaining acceptable graphics settings you may want to look at a crossfire setup. For anything 1080P and even upto 1600P the 7970 will be adequate at pushing out those frames while maintaining that nice eye candy offered by modern games.

The 7970 is uses a 28nm manufacturing process. Reference speeds will see you at 925mhz core clock and 1375mhz (5500mhz effective) memory clock. With a strong 384bit memory interface, you're looking at a memory bandwidth of 264GB/s. Armed with a 8 and 6pin PCI-E connector, it has a 250W TDP.

Thanks to the 28nm chip, the 7970 will overclock to much higher speeds than stock with ease. There are 7970 ghz editions on the market, which will come with a factory overclock of 1ghz core clock.
After an hour tinkering with my 7970, I found my card runs a stable 1200mhz core clock pumping 1.25v into it. Respectable numbers and a wonderful free performance boost.

The 7970 features a single DVI, a single HDMI and two mini display ports.


The stock heatsink, while adequate for cooling the card at stock settings, and even a minimal overclock given the ambient temperature allows it, is not very good at all. I only bought a reference model knowing that I was investing into a water loop in the not to distant future. While folding on the stock cooler at stock speeds and voltage, it was very loud and ran at 95c, not very good at all!
A Heatkiller water block saw it folding at 50c, at my overclocked settings of 1.2ghz core / 1.25vcore.

Update: After a couple years this card finally bit the dust. This is fine, it's what we have warranty for right? Well no, dealing with Asus was almost the most unpleasant business I've conducted, and was nothing short of appalling. While no fault to their cards, their costumer service is really quite terrible.

ASUS HD7970-3GD5 AMD 3072MB DDR5 PCIE DLDVI/HDMI/Mini DP Video Graphics Card
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The world's first 28nm GPU with fantastic ASUS GPU Tweak.

Details:
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BindingPersonal Computers
BrandAsus
EAN0886227083664
Featuremonitoring widget provides detailed muti-parameter info
Height2 inches
Length16 inches
Weight3.53 pounds
Width9 inches
LabelAsus
List Price$625.95
ManufacturerAsus
ModelHD7970-3GD5
Package Quantity1
Product GroupPersonal Computer
Product Type NameVIDEO_CARD
PublisherAsus
StudioAsus
TitleASUS HD7970-3GD5 AMD 3072MB DDR5 PCIE DLDVI/HDMI/Mini DP Video Graphics Card
UPC886227083664
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