XFX Double D HD 7970 GHz Edition Video Card Review

With continuous AMD price drops the XFX Double D HD 7970 GHz Edition video card has dropped into line with many of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 670 cards. Find out if the XFX's Double Dissipation technology will excel this video cards overclocking potential when we put it head to head with GeForce GTX 680 and overclocked GeForce GTX 670.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4-TH motherboard, an Intel Core i7 2600k Overclocked at 4.8GHz, and 8GB of Corsair RAM.

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Drivers

For the XFX Double D HD 7970 GHz Edition video card we used Catalyst 12.9 BETA dated September 26th, 2012, along with 12.9 CAP 1. This was the latest driver available at the time of testing.

For the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 video card, and the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 we used ForceWare 306.97 WHQL driver package, dated October 10th, 2012. These were the latest drivers available during the time of testing.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-Z.

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