ASUS HD 7970 Review

By on January 24, 2012
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The first of the 28nm generation.

Good: Much faster than HD 6970 and GTX 580, Close in performance to HD 6990 & GTX 590, Slightly cooler than HD 6970, Draws much less power, Completely new 28nm architecture
Bad: Performance increase over previous-gen cards offset by price hike, Stock heatsink fan just as loud as previous generation
Price: AED 2,450
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

For testing the ASUS HD 7970, I used the following testbed.

As you can see I haven’t used a standard GTX 580 which costs $499, but the slightly overclocked Zotac GXT 580 AMP! Edition graphics card. The GTX 580 AMP! Edition runs at speeds of 815MHz/1025MHz compared to 772MHz/1002MHz default. The 6% increase in core clock and 2% increase in memory clock speeds come at a 4% increase in price hike; as fair a competitor to the HD 7970 as it gets from the Nvidia camp, without going overboard on price.

The drivers used for the Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition were Nvidia’s beta 290.53 and AMD’s beta RC11 (8.921.2) drivers.

As for the various synthetic tests and game benchmarks used, the below table provides details on the settings used.

All of the above tests were run at a resolution of 1920 x 1200, with all DX11 effects enabled, or set the highest wherever applicable.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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