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PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 DirectX 11 AX7970 3GBD5-M2DHG 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 925 MHz
  • 1 x DVI 1 x HDMI 2 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • 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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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Wish it lasted longer

Pros: Powerful for gaming. It lasted almost 5 years.

Cons: Dead at just under 5 years.

Other Thoughts: Never overclocked or even messed with & did not need to, it is powerful without any clocking stuff. I have 2 GTX 260's still going in other computers & a 9800 Gt still going. Wish it lasted longer.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Fast

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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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Good 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.

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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
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Bought 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.

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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
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
I'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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5/ 5
I like it
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5/ 5
Great card
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5/ 5
THE BEST GRAPHICS... PERIOD

Comments: 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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