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XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition Video Card Review

XFX steps to the plate with its customized version of the Radeon HD 7950 with the XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition. This video card sports a factory overclock and XFX's custom Ghost Thermal Technology cooling device. We see how it matches up to a GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970. Does its performance justify the cost?

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Overclocked XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition vs Reference Radeon HD 7970

We just looked at how the Overclocked XFX Radeon HD 7950 compared to its stock settings. Throughout all of our tests, the XFX Radeon HD Radeon HD 7950 not only hammered the Radeon HD 6970 in performance, but also beat the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580. In these following tests we match the stock and overclocked XFX Radeon HD 7950 to a better performing opponent, an AMD Radeon HD 7970. The reference Radeon HD 7970 has a stock fan, heat sink, and stock speeds of 925MHz Core, and 1375 MHz memory.

Batman: Arkham City

This test was performed with Batman configured to run at 2560x1600 and FXAA High, 16X AF, and highest in game graphics options selected. PhysX was not available for these AMD video cards.

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In Batman you can see that the stock XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition video card was very close in performance compared to a Radeon HD 7970. The Radeon HD 7970 performed just 3.2% faster with a 1.3 average FPS advantage. Our fully overclocked XFX Radeon HD 7950 performed 8.7 FPS or 20.8% faster than the reference Radeon HD 7970.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

This test was performed with Skyrim configured to run at 2560x1600 with 8X MSAA and FXAA, 16X AF, and highest in game graphics options selected.

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At 64.9 average FPS, the reference Radeon HD 7970 was 3.9 FPS faster than the stock XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition in Skyrim. The fully overclocked XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition had the last laugh with 14.5 FPS more and 22.3% faster.

Battlefield 3

This test was performed with Battlefield 3 configured to run at 2560x1600 with 2X MSAA and FXAA High, 16X AF, and highest in game graphics options selected.

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Again in Battlefield 3 we see that the stock XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition is just behind a stock Radeon HD 7970 in performance. It averaged just 1.5 FPS less. The overclocked version was again, faster than the reference Radeon HD 7970. It performed 9.9 average FPS higher and 22.3% faster than the reference Radeon HD 7970.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

This test was performed with Deus Ex: Human Revolution configured to run at 2560x1600 and MLAA, 16X AF, and highest in game graphics options selected.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution was the first game we tested where the stock XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition was 8.8 average FPS less than the reference Radeon HD 7970 that averaged 69.8 FPS. The overclocked XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition averaged 79.4 FPS, which is 9.6 FPS higher and 13.8% faster than the reference Radeon HD 7970.


Summary

Our first thought about comparing this XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition video card to a reference Radeon HD 7970, was that we could overclock it and see how it matches up. To our surprise, the stock XFX Radeon HD 7950 with the factory overclock stood its ground, and provided nearly identical performance to the Radeon HD 7970. The overclock we achieved pushed performance beyond the Radeon HD 7970.