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PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-2DHV3 Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 925MHz
  • 2 x DVI (1 Single Link, 1 Dual Link) DVI 1 x HDMI HDMI 2 x Mini DisplayPort DisplayPort
  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16


My previous videocard was an HD 6850. I recently built a new machine and upgraded to this card and the improvements in comparison are amazing.

It overclocks very well, I can take it to 1125 GPU clock and 1575 memory clock in the Catalyst Control Center with it topping out at 54C at the highest. This is without changing the power and with having the fan control @ 100%. I have good airflow in my case which helps a lot. I hope to bring the temp down even further after I put some new higher CFM (and lower db) case fans in later this week.

I'm very impressed with the performance this thing puts out.

I play games like Guild Wars 2 on 1080p with all settings up to the highest settings with it averaging around 60fps. The framerate does drop a little if I turn supersample on but it's nothing major. I would like to try multi monitor gaming but I have yet to do so.


It's a pretty expensive card, it's also very long. I was planning to mount an additional 140mm fan in my case for additional airflow on the card but it isn't possible with it being as long as it is.

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System specs:
i5 3570k (only OC'd to 3.8ghz for now)
8gb ddr3 1600

I bought the gpu here on newegg for $390 and sold the game coupon online for $40 so the card roughly cost me $350. It's not bad for the price. It's still expensive but that's the way it is if you want a videocard as powerful as this.

I was planning to buy a Sapphire card since I have been loyal to their brand for several years now but I decided to take a chance with PowerColor and I'm glad I did.

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  • Michael L.
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

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