With AMD’s new HD 7970’s rocking the boat slightly with both price and performance it’s about time we started to see the slow trickle of GPU’s that will fill in the rest of the HD 7000 series video cards. First on the list is the HD 7950, a card that a lot of people have been waiting for because of the high price of the HD 7970. There is no doubt that it’s not going to outperform the HD 7970, but how will this new card compare to the GTX 580? Today I’m not taking a look at a reference card, we have skipped directly to the XFX Double Dissipation Black Edition Overclocked version, similar in design to what we saw with their R7970.
Product Name: XFX R7950 DD Black Edition Overclocked
Review Sample Provided by: XFX
Review by: Wes
Pictures by: Wes
• GPU Edging: Black Edition Selection Process
• Double Dissipation
• Ghost Thermal Technology
• HydroCell Thermal Solution
• Duratec: Solid Capacitors
• Duratec: Ferrite Core
• Duratec: 2oz Copper PCB
• Duratec: IP-5X Dust Free Fan
• Duratec: XFX Bracket
The XFX DD Black Edition Overclocked came in a box that is exactly the same as the R7970 other than the one digit difference on the cover. Along the bottom you have the HD 7950’s system requirements and a very long list of Key Features on the side of the packaging also. On the other side and the rear you have different breakdowns of the cards important features with photo examples of things like Tessellation Depth, Resident Textures, and increased Physics.
Inside the original box is a second black box.
Inside that box you have the card in the bottom wrapped up in a static protectant bag. On top you have a tray with all of the R7950’s documentation and accessories. You get a kick ass case badge, a crossfire cable, and an HDMI to DVI adapter cable. Most notable in the documentation, and something I pointed out on the R7970, is the Do No Disturb door hanger. This door hanger is cool but on the back you have your cards serial number and a place to write down your XFX support login information in case you ever have a problem with your card.