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HIS IceQ Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition DirectX 11 H787Q2G2M 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 1000 MHz
  • 1 x DVI 1 x HDMI 2 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1280 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16


Outperforms two Sapphire 2GB Radeon HD6950s by just the single card itself

Driver software is stable and installs well (from fresh install with no former AMD drivers on the system)

Quiet. Surprisingly quiet. I've pushed the card to the max on Sonic Generations, Borderlands 2, Portal 2, Sega All-Stars Racing, Heaven 2.5, Furmark, and many of those being played on a 20" and 42" monitor at the same time (screens duplicated). Former 6950s in CrossFireX could do that with only one or two games in my library (the lowest-weight ones at that). Speaker volume has been low, and the fan sounds like it's at 30% when the card has a load. Temperatures were stable and efficient.

Comes with CrossFireX bridge

Works in 970 chipsets.


The fan. Oh yes, but it's not a horrible con. The fan is the most efficient I've seen on Radeon cards, and the fan part itself will take up the next and third slot on your motherboard if you plan to have a long card in there. My motherboard's PCI-E ports are three apart though, so I'm fine.

Long. I could fit one into my system, but I'll likely have to take out my hard drive bays to fit the second one I plan to buy. One is powerful enough to be decent, but two is another layer on a cake.

Other Thoughts:

Corsair H50
ASUS M5A97 970 motherboard
8GB (temporary until an RMA gives me 16GB)
64GB Crucial M4 SSD (OS, utilities)
60GB OCZ Agility II (non-Steam games)
2TB Seagate Barracuda (personal data)
Corsair HX750
Corsair Carbide 300R (windowed)
Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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