Club 3D 7950 Royal King Review
Published: 20th November 2012 | Source: Club 3D | Price: |
We have a fairly strict rule here at OC3D. Whilst we are Overclock 3D, and as a bunch of enthusiasts we adore the fun of overclocking, we always try and score our reviews as if you just got it out the box and plugged it in. Although overclocking is now so easy that everyone should be able to do it, we're always aware that many people either haven't the bravery to try it, or are so fearful of breaking their hard earned purchase that they stick with how it comes out of the box. After all, if everyone overclocked then manufacturers would never sell those factory overclocked models that come with a big price premium.
With the Club3D HD7950 Royal King we're going to make an exception though. To run this card at stock is like buying a Ferrari 458 and using it to go to the shops for some milk. The stock results are, let's not beat about the bush, pretty poor. If you just plug this in and go, you'll be wondering what all the fuss was about.
It's a very Jekyll and Hyde card. At stock it's the mild-mannered, mild performing Dr Jekyll. No, this is a card built to be overclocked. It's made to be tinkered with. It's all about being Mr Hyde. Or, if you prefer your analogies a little more pop culture, then to watch the Hulk just to see Bruce Banner is missing the point entirely.
The overclocked performance, and let there be no doubt about this whatsoever, is staggering. Stunning. Brilliant. Our thesaurus runs dry. In every test the overclocked performance took the Club3D HD7950 Royal King from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
We regularly saw average frame-rates double that of the stock card. No matter how simple or complex the game, the Royal King chewed it up and begged for more. It's a wolf in sheep's clothing. Up there with the best single-GPU cards you care to name. We don't care if you bring a Matrix HD7970 along. We don't care if you have a Super Over Clock GTX680. The Club3D HD7950 Royal King when overclocked will stand proud against the lot of them.
The only thing that lets it down is the decision to use a red PCB, which does limit it if you're OCD about the colours you'll allow into your rig. Although you'd be missing out on one of the GPU bargains of 2012 if you did so.
So we're not going to give it a score based upon stock performance. It would be like rating the quality of a cake by eating the flour. If you're the kind of person who abhors the thought of overclocking, move along. But, and there is no reason why you shouldn't, if you're willing to grab your overclocking program of choice and give it the beans then there are few cards on the market who will out-perform it.
Purely for the insane overclocked performance we have to give the Club3D HD7950 Royal King our Gold Award. You owe it to yourself to see the true value of overclocking your hardware, and nothing will give the same benefits as this card.