Cooling and Noise
To put the Double Dissipation cooling to the test on the HD 7950 we put Furmark on under the 1080p benchmark. The actually benchmark result was considerably lower than what we saw with the HD 7907, but this overclocked card ran a lot cooler than its bigger brother. With temperatures reaching 68 degree’s during the benchmark it was actually really close to what we saw with the reference HD 7970. Without a reference HD 7950 it’s hard to say how this compares to the reference cooler this time around but considering Furmark is an extreme way to heat your card up I am confident that this overclocked card will never have to worry about overheating issues. What was even more impressive to me was the improvements XFX did with noise, a remapped fan profile made a world of difference in the noise output for the R7950, one of our complaints of the R7970. It’s not that the cooling can’t be loud, it can be and will be if you ramp it up to 100%. But when letting the card control the fan speed it does a good job of balancing cooling performance while keeping the noise down.