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PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-M2DHG Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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Based on the revolutionary new 28nm GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture, the PowerColor HD7970 enables the absurdly high frame rates at demanding setting while using less power and better transistor efficiency, and maximizes the most astonishing gaming performance like never before.

The PowerColor HD7970 comes natively equipped with support for PCI Express 3.0. With world-class AMD CrossFire performance scaling, enthusiasts' GPU experience is maximized when paired with the latest platforms. By utilizing AMD PowerTune technology, the PowerColor HD7970 performs a real-time power draw to enable higher clocks and faster gaming; furthermore, with AMD ZeroCore Power Technology, no power is wasted when the graphics card is not in use.

HD7970 also ships with AMD Eyefinity 2.0 technology which features all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation and brand new display configurations. Fold and mine faster than ever with AMD App Acceleration to speed up daily applications such as video rendering, web browsing and office applications. The PowerColor HD7970 is your personal checklist for ground-breaking technology.

  • newegg New GCN Architecture for Leading DirectX 11 Performance AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series (codename Tahiti) boasts the world's first 28nm GPU architecture which is optimized for gaming and compute. The Tahiti GPU features up to 32 Compute Units, each with 64 Vector Units for up to 2048 Stream Processors, along with dual geometry engines and 8 Render Back ends than can process 32 color ROPs and 128 Z/Stencil ROPs per clock. Backed by 384-bit 3GB of GDDR5 memory, AMD Radeon HD 7970 with GCN Architecture realizes an improvement of over 150% in performance/sq mm over the prior generation.
  • newegg Next Generation AMD Eyefinity Technology & AMD HD3D AMD Eyefinity 2.0 features all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation, brand new display configurations and an expanded and more immersive field of view. With full support for 3GHz HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 is set to drive next generation displays at up to 4K resolution. The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is also backed by AMD’s open 3D initiative for stereo 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D movies.
  • newegg Refined AMD PowerTune Technology & AMD ZeroCore Power Technology Designed with the most advanced power management features, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 is equipped with the intelligence to convert unused power headroom into extra performance by dynamically controlling clock speeds, allowing gamers advanced performance inside of the power envelope they specify. AMD ZeroCore Power technology found in the AMD Radeon HD 7970 enables lower idle power than any other currently available graphics card. With support for AMD CrossFire technology, AMD ZeroCore Power eliminates wasted power, as well as additional heat and noise from extra cards when you are not using them.
  • newegg Enhanced Multi-GPU Capabilities with PCI Express 3.0 AMD CrossFire technology is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Unlocking game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire technology, coupled with native support for PCI Express 3.0, will allow for unprecedented bandwidth in TriFire and QuadFire configurations.
  • newegg Discrete Digital Multi-Point (DDM) Audio DDM Audio provides multiple independent audio streams for audio-capable displays via DisplayPort or HDMI signals. DDM Audio delivers unique experiences in cases where multi-display video conferencing, directional audio or multi-room entertainment hubs are being used.
  • newegg AMD App Acceleration AMD App Acceleration lets you speed up applications and enjoy brilliant video. Enjoy improved GPGPU performance and new features including Video Codec Engine (VCE) in many top media, entertainment and everyday productivity applications powered by the unprecedented 28nm GCN Architecture. AMD Radeon HD 7970 fully supports DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL 1.2, enabling broad application support today and tomorrow.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Jeffrey D.
  • 8/5/2013 7:31:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast

Pros: Works great

Cons: Fan is too loud when using dual monitors w/ regular windows applications

Other Thoughts: Can you believe I spent $579 on this card when introduced? Crazy - never again will I spend that much on a GPU

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  • joshua h.
  • 11/18/2012 5:51:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but not great.

Pros: This is a very nice looking card.

Cons: I only received a few FPS improvement beyond crossfire 6950. I have looked around on the card for the markers that should prove this is a reference version, but I am not seeing and of the markers that power color said should be there.

Manufacturer Response:

This version of our 7970 is indeed a reference version of the card. As for the performance, a CF'ed setup of last generation's near "top of the line" cards will still perform quite well and give a single current generation "top of the line" card a good run for its money.

Thank you,

Jonathan

jgaray@powercolor.com

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  • visa d.
  • 9/6/2012 7:43:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBought 2 for crossfire but it doesn't work

Pros: Very good card, runs smooth and well in eyefinity on 8064x1440 resolution with a single card. Can run pretty much all games at this resolution.

Cons: I bought two cards for my Quadfire Setup
(I have two PowerColor like this One and two XFX black Edition) I cannot run them in crossfire properly. I can run MY XFX in Crossfire Easily but as soon as I add a powercolor to the table, I get instant freeze.

I have tried many things to make it work. Contacted Asus Support (Raja @ Asus tried to help) Swapped components, I tested everything and tried everything. My system was properly working with my 3 x 6970s. I unfortunately passed my newegg warranty expiration date so I cannot return them anymore. I have tried flashing the BIOS.

The PCB doesn't look like a reference board like other Users mentionned. I have seen all refenrece design of the 5000 series, 6000 series and the 7000 series. And this card is clearly a different PCBS from the other reference.

Other Thoughts: Great Card but I doubt about its Crossfire capability.

Manufacturer Response:

I apologize for the issues you have been experiencing with our product. I would advise that you contact me directly at jgaray@powercolor.com for support on the issues you are experiencing with our product.

Thank you,

Jonathan

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/6/2012 5:55:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI'm set for several years

Pros: I've mainly run two games with this card.

In Battlefield 3 I get 60-80 fps on average running the game on ultra settings

In team fortress 2 I usually get around 300fps with all the settings maxed because that's as high as counter will go.

I think I still have lots of headroom to push the card but I doubt I will do that for several years

Cons: it doesn't run crysis. Oh wait, yes it does. Nevermind

Other Thoughts: I recently heard the xbox 720 will be running on a GPU comparable to the AMD radeon 6670. Can you imagine being 6-8 years down the road and still having to play on one of those things because microsoft hasn't released a better console?

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  • Dylan O.
  • 4/23/2012 9:40:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI like it

Pros: Runs very well on every game can max settings at 60 fps.
stays very cool
and just plain awesome

Cons: sometimes in cod blackops i get a couple hickups when i first start playing and cant figure out why

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  • Anthony H.
  • 3/2/2012 1:43:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Runs just like it should :)

I see no reason to overclock this card, but I did stretch its legs a little in unigine.

Cons: None

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  • Michael H.
  • 3/1/2012 9:19:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTHE BEST GRAPHICS... PERIOD

Pros: Beautiful graphics. Isn't slowed down by any game that I play at all. The temps that this card keeps the GPU at are wonderful. Mine on regular desktop use stays at no more than 40* C. Huge improvement overall over the last series of Radeons. The picture is unmatched.

Cons: The only thing that I wish is that the Catalyst Control Center would do is come up with an automatic profile that would switch between desktop use and gaming. Other than that none.

Other Thoughts: This is the best graphics card that I've ever owned. ATI just keeps getting better. Every card that I've ever owned was an ATI, and I have NEVER been dissapointed. And they've been the 9200 All in Wonder, 1350XT, HD 5770, HD 6970 and now this one. Video and picture quality is the best. All categories included. All I've ever wanted as a gamer is solid graphics, and ATI has gone far beyond that. I'm very happy and excited to see how far that they can take this card with their drivers. :)

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  • Steven H.
  • 2/28/2012 9:44:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate to previous feedback

Pros: This is an update to a previous, bad feedback post I made (actually two). Please disregard the last, two bad feedback posts about this card being a poor overclocker due to it not being reference. I did a bit more research into 7970 overclocking, and it turns out I had the Graphics Processor Type set improperly MSI AB in my original tests, and once I got that resolved (calculated), this card really started to shine. 1200Mhz/1500 @ 1.2V and I haven't reached its ceiling. I am impressed with this card's performance. I apologize for original, erroneous feedback in regard to this card's overclocking ability.

Cons: It is a non-reference being sold under the reference model number. I really wish they had changed the model number to something that didn't originally pertain to reference cards, because this is a bit misleading to the consumer. Also, I hope Newegg updates the images of this card to reflect a non-reference PCB board, because again, this is _also_ extremely misleading, and this is important information to the enthusiast community (which this card is obviously aimed at).

Other Thoughts: So in hindsight, this card is a mixed bag. It performs well, but it's not reference. Which would have been fine, had the model number reflected the non-reference nature. I am probably going to keep it, and not RMA like I had originally intended, as it fits my reference waterblocks and just so happens to overclock well.

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  • Bryan B.
  • 2/26/2012 12:10:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI give it two thumbs down

Pros: Have yet to notice any

Cons: I got two of these puppys thinking it was guna be awesome. I am so disappointed. they will only pick up 2 out of 4 monitors. My main monitor has a black border around it, and before you say ajust the resolution, been there done that and it doesnt work. catalyst just doesnt give me the option for the correct res. I cant forget both monitors flash constantly, on and off, on and off.

Other Thoughts: funny thing is, i can't get anyone in customer service to pick up the phone. I am totaly sending this back

Manufacturer Response:

We appreciate the feedback on this card. With new product launches, there is a possibility that you may into run into some bugs since it is often the case that the hardware is ahead of the drivers. AMD has released new drivers for this model that have resolved several issues.

The problems you are having with two of four monitors could be that you are not using proper active adapters. I apologize that you were unable to contact us when you called. Our phone number is 626-330-4700 and we are here 9am - 6pm PST. You can always email me directly if you continue to have issues. My email is hugo@powercolor.com

Thank you,

Hugo

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  • Steven H.
  • 2/25/2012 2:08:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot reference

Pros: It worked, but that's about it.

Cons: This is no longer a reference, PowerColor pulled a fast one and is selling non-reference boards with cheaper parts under the reference model number--my board does not have an AMD logo on it. This non-reference has cheaper parts, and cannot overclock past 1100 and remain stable. Even minor voltage increments cause it to crash and be unstable. I cannot even get mine to go to 1.140 volts stable. False advertisement, what is picture is not what you receive. Stay away, buyer beware. Mine is on its way back RMA. NOT HAPPY.

Other Thoughts: Stick with the big players like MSI, ASUS, and Sapphire. This card is a non-reference posing under the reference model number, but with cheap, chinese knockoff parts on the PCB. The PCB is physically the same layout as reference, but the components on the board have been replaced with cheaper variants. Don't make the same mistake I made, now I have to wait for an RMA before I can use my 7970 :( I had high hopes, but have been let down by PowerColor, BIG TIME.

Manufacturer Response:

This review is very similar to the other one, so I'll just provide the same reply. But you are wrong, this is a reference card.

I appreciate the feedback regarding this product. If the product you received is the same product number as the one mentioned (ending with M2DHG) then it's most definitely a REFERENCE card. Just because it doesn't have the AMD logo near the PCI-E port, doesn't mean it isn't a reference card. And just for your own reference, the ones with the AMD logo were in very short production, and AMD changed the PCB revision on their reference cards, which is why reference 7970's no longer have the logo. This isn't something POWERCOLOR did, this was an AMD change. If you take the time and look at the reference 7970's from other manufacturers, you will notice that none of them have the AMD logos either. What they do have in common though (ours included) is that on the back of the card it says Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). This is how you know the cards are reference.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131452
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150591
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161399
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127645

I just linked you 5 reference cards from 5 different manufacturers. Notice how NONE of them have the AMD logo, yet they are all using identical PCBs, and they all say Advanced Micro Devices on the back of the card.

And here is our non-reference 7970:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131465

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me directly at hugo@powercolor.com, I;ll be more than happy to help you answer any questions you may have regarding this and any of our other models. Thanks.

Hugo

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