AMD HD 7950 Review

By on January 31, 2012
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Bridging the gaps.

Good: Performance better than GTX 580, close to HD 7970, Overclocked performance better than HD 7970, Custom heatsinks provide higher speeds and low temperatures
Bad: Price point may make it worse than competition, Fans can get quite loud
Price: AED 1,750
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The XFX R7950 Black Edition Overclocked comes, as the name suggests, with a factory overclock of 900MHz Core and 1375MHz Memory speeds. A respectable 13% speed increase in core and 10% in memory speeds.

The packaging for the XFX R7950 was surprisingly modest, which I quite like. Inside are the warranty card, install guides, drivers CD, HDMI to DVI cable, CrossFire bridge, door handle tag and a metal XFX Black Edition badge.

The cooling of the XFX R7950 is very impressive, with its ‘Ghost Thermal Technology’. The PCB is directly connected with a large black metal frame, which houses the metal fins and the twin fans on top. The entire heatsink is encased within a metal frame that further helps dissipate the heat from the GPU and RAM. The latter is of particular interest because the memory chips have a thermal strip that directly contacts the black metal frame of the heatsink.

It may not look like much, but the XFX R7950 has one of the most impressive dual-slot cooling solutions I have seen in a while.

Sadly it wasn’t as quite as I expected it to be, as under full load the XFX R7950 spun to 2300 RPM, making it louder than the PowerColor offering, and indeed louder than the HD 7970. It never got irritatingly loud, though. Temperatures remained at 27°C while idling, going up to 58°C under load.

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