Reviews and Problems with XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 3 GB
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Ronald L. Watkins, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: This design is physically identical to the original AMD cooling design. Cooling air exits outside PC case. Fan noise is very low. Mine was reconditioned, so saved cost. No "quick start" guide provided! My biggest install issue was that this card requires a lot of power, so has two power connections, 1-6 pin and 1- 8 pin. My PC's power supply had 4, 4-pin cables, but no 8-pin cable.
Summary: The video card gets hot, like 80°C, in 5 to 10 minutes of Battlefield 3 and this is very odd (the fans are OK) but the card is very fast running every game 60fps at least, Crysis 3 45fps average. Running on PCI-E 2.0 x16 i5 750 @2.67GHz no bottlenecks.
Summary: I'm writing this review after ordering this card a long time ago. The card itself is a powerhouse, but the difference between the 6970 and the 7970 is not that huge. My reasoning behind ordering it is to run 3x 1920x1200 monitors in eyefinity. Sadly, with such a high resolution to get any decent frame rate, you need the best cards if you plan on running current games.
Summary: Update Jan 2014: Although there were some severe issues with AMD drivers on first release most of these issues have been fixed by now... most. While this card is great for gaming it makes for a terrible workstation card. For running multiple monitors, real time 3D graphic design, stability, etc. I recommend the AMD Firepro line of cards.
Amazing card, barring a few quality control issues
Jackson Andres, Amazon
20 February 2013
Summary: I had gotten one of these for a Christmas present and decided it would be nice to finally Crossfire like I've always wanted to do, so I picked up a second card from Amazon. I've never had a system this good in my life. Upgrading from a single GTX 570 the difference is night and day. You don't realize how many games can actually use more than 2GB of video memory until you actively watch how much games like Hitman: Absolution and Crysis 3 are using.
Summary: Runs hotter then their earlier reference design. Even with water cooling running about 10c hotter then my other one. I have managed to keep it running at 1200 on core for days at a time mining bitcoins but it will get pretty toasty and it dumps all that heat into the case. For anyone wanting to attach a koolance water block there is no issue with this card.
Summary: I purchased two of these cards May, 2012. A month and a half ago, one of the fans on one card started humming. The annoying hum you get when a fan starts to fail. I contacted XFX and they sent a replacement heat sink/cooler housing that had fans. I replaced the fan and problem solved. Today, the other fan on the same card is now making the same noise. Fans should last longer than this. Maybe it was a bad set of fans in this card? Not sure.