Club 3D HD7970 Royal Ace with Crossfire Review
Published: 6th March 2013 | Source: Club 3D | Price: |
So far when we've been reviewing graphics cards from the Club 3D range we've found them to be solid performers out of the box, but absolutely blazing when overclocked. There have been plenty of comments that we 'won the silicon lottery' which is why ours overclocked so readily, except we've tested many models and they've all been fabulous. The matte black with the crimson logo is really eye-catching.
The Royal Ace changes that, but only because it's blistering at stock. According to Club 3D the HD7970 Royal Ace should run at 1100MHz, but our model worked at 1180MHz without any adjustment at all on our part. The performance backs up this whopping GPU clockspeed, being the fastest HD7970 we've tested.
Whilst we love overclocking, and who doesn't enjoy free performance, we understand that the majority of people want hardware they can plug in and go play, without all the faffing about of overclocking and tweaking. When it comes to the simplicity of sticking a card in and obtaining frankly incredible levels of performance from it, then the Club 3D HD7970 Royal Ace is definitely the GPU for you.
The Crossfire performance is stunning. The combination of these speedy cards and the latest Catalyst 13.1 drivers really emphasises the available horsepower and leads to a smooth experience in every game, no matter what the resolution or image quality settings.
It's not without a couple of caveats though, both of which depend upon how loud you game. The Coolstream cooler certainly keeps the temperatures in check but it's not the quietest cooler we've ever come across. It's not loud in the same way that a reference GTX480 was, but you're aware it's there. Secondly, and more annoying to us, is that the card chirps. Both of them. Now we know that we're attuned to finding fault with everything, it's our job after all, and that if you're running with headphones on or loud speakers you're unlikely to notice it. But it's there, so we have to point it out.
Because the Club 3D HD7970 Royal Ace has such outstanding 'stock' performance, and because with the noise you're definitely going to want to run with headphones most of the time, then it's definitely a card for the gamer on the go who just wants to fit and forget. For that reason we're happy to award it our OC3D Gamers Choice.