Board layout

The HD 7970 is similar to the HD 6970 in both the cooler design and size. All along the side you have a red strip with the Radeon logo formed into it. 

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AMD upgraded the GPU fan with thicker fins, the difference is slight but you can see by looking close. 

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Unlike the GTX 580 AMD stuck with an 8 pin connection and a 6 pin for power over the dual 8 pin that is becoming common. 

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The PCI slot has a little higher flow ventalation than past models. For connections you only have a single DLI, one HDMI, and two Display Port connections. In the future you will be able to run up to four monitors per Display Port, but currently just one with a DP monitor or using the adapters provided. 

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I was a little disapointed to see no backplate this time. The HD 6970 had a backplate, making the card stronger to prevernt sagging later on. 

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Dual Crossfire connections mean up to four way crossfire

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Arxon's Avatar
Arxon replied the topic: #22116 10 Jan 2012 14:44
Dear god that thing is a BEAST!
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Dreyvas replied the topic: #22118 10 Jan 2012 18:16
Was hoping to see some BF3 benchmarks, but looking awesome otherwise. :D
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L0rdG1gabyt3 replied the topic: #22119 10 Jan 2012 18:24
That is an amazing piece of hardware. Compared to the 580s which run $499, the amount of performance gain you get going to this card for just another $50 is really a great deal!

I hope to hear something from nVidia pretty soon on their Kepler cards.....
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THUMPer replied the topic: #22120 10 Jan 2012 18:56
hardocp.com/article/2012/01/09/amd_radeo...performance_review/5

They also OC great. Here are some BF3 benchies
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lonewolf170 replied the topic: #22647 08 Feb 2012 08:46
ugh, seeing these all make me realize how behind I am with my crossfire 5750's...
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Wingless92 replied the topic: #22648 08 Feb 2012 08:48
Yea, those are getting long in the tooth. It all depends on what resolution that you play at. 1920x1200 and lower you don't need a "Monster" card to run games at. A 6870 would be just fine. Then again, it depends on what game that you're playing and how much eye candy you want on.
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lonewolf170 replied the topic: #22649 08 Feb 2012 08:52

Wingless92 wrote: Yea, those are getting long in the tooth. It all depends on what resolution that you play at. 1920x1200 and lower you don't need a "Monster" card to run games at. A 6870 would be just fine. Then again, it depends on what game that you're playing and how much eye candy you want on.


Yea I haven't really played anything new recently. LoL, SC2, BF3 run fine so far. My last comp I ran into the ground. 4 years on a single Nvidia 9600...
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #22650 08 Feb 2012 08:56
what resolution? BF3 on high settings can be demanding
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lonewolf170 replied the topic: #22652 08 Feb 2012 09:12
1920 X 1080 on auto settings. Mostly on high though.

EDIT: I hardly play though. Got the game for $10 and haven't played since alpha... I'm lvl one still...

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