OverKILL-3D ASUS HD7970 Quadfire Madness

Final Thoughts

ASUS HD7970 Quadfire Madness

Final thoughts

So let's get a few things out of the way beforehand to hopefully calm some of the more vocal forum members.

Yes, we know this is overkill. We know this is insanity. There is a clue in the title. We know that no right minded person would want four of these things in their PC solely for gaming. It's all about the quest for enormous benchmark results and nothing else. For proof of this, and also explaining why we had two Corsair AX1200W PSUs, under loading the bench rig was sucking a magnificent 1290W. So this is the equivalent of running a kettle all the time. It certainly gets warm enough to boil water when it's running. Finally in our brief 'heading off at the pass', it's clear from our 3D Mark P scores that even with the 4.8GHz Hexcore i7 under the hood, we're CPU limited!

So it's too expensive, too hot, too hard on the electric bill and you can't get enough CPU power to make the most of it anyway. We know this.

What it is, is hilariously powerful. Well over 50000 X Marks and 65000 P Score is frankly insanity. We all remember when Vantage was released and how we all dreamt of scoring 10000 P score. Now hardware has reached such a point that even 3D Mark 11 is providing only a slight challenge. Thanks to this monster haul of hardware and a couple of bleeding ears we have managed to go top of the UK benchers in all of the tests we ran (correct at the time of going to press) which is not to be sniffed at with some of the epic benchers that grace our shores.

If benchmarking is something that interests you then be sure to have a word with the boys on the OC3D Benchmark Team who will be more than happy to walk you through do and dont's of eeking every last drop of performance from your system for benching.

Therefore if you have won the lottery, live in a fridge, own a windfarm and are solely interested in having the very biggest scores currently available, this is absolutely the setup for you..... If you dont plan on gaming at all!

For the rest of us, it's like when you watch Top Gear and they show the latest Veyron. It's a dream machine, but one that will have to remain exactly that.

Thanks to ASUSfor supplying the HD7970s for our Quadfire review. Let us know what you think in our forums.  

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28-02-2012, 05:04:19


In combination with ASUS we're rerunning our Quadfire HD7970 test with the benefit of overclocking. Roll up, roll up.

Continue ReadingQuote

28-02-2012, 05:18:31

Bonkers.......but I love it Quote

28-02-2012, 05:22:35

Originally Posted by Ofan View Post

Bonkers.......but I love it
Truly bizarre when I post here it shows my profile picture as my last(fully n00b)rig....not my current one on profileQuote

28-02-2012, 05:27:18

What PCIe bandwidth are the 4 x GPU's getting? x8 each?

Very impressive scores.

Will it run BF3 on Ultra?Quote

28-02-2012, 05:31:02

Originally Posted by grammaton_feather View Post

What PCIe bandwidth are the 4 x GPU's getting? x8 each?

Very impressive scores.

Will it run BF3 on Ultra?
I suspect it will run N.A.S.A on ultra and with a fat overclock too. I understand all the lanes run at 8xQuote

28-02-2012, 05:31:26

"4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16; x16/x16; x16/x8/x16 and x16/x8/x8/x8, red) *1"Quote

28-02-2012, 05:32:57

I want Tom's playing hours

al tho then i am afraid i will put Folding on it , POS for F@H or NOT Quote

28-02-2012, 05:44:31

Mouth watering resultsQuote

28-02-2012, 05:47:28

Even with these cards is there an appreciable difference with x8 vs x16? I know for the last gen of card it didn't really make any odds, are these new gens of cards so fast that the x8 slows them any? The PCie.3 review Tom did showed that the new standard didn't really make much difference to performance.Quote

28-02-2012, 05:55:37

CONGRATS on being No1 in Britain, Awesome review as always Quote

28-02-2012, 07:12:28

OC3D - breaking hearts and setting world records http://i.imgur.com/oqYN6l.gif

Now bring on the DICE Quote

28-02-2012, 07:53:14

hey guys

when LIKING the vids on YT, please hit the button too

it helps TTL make us more nerd pr0n like this beauty

thanx for doing this tom - we lurves yaQuote

28-02-2012, 07:55:09

Awesome scores and review. How far could you push that cpu with proper wc?

Would be fun to see some benches with dice also :-)Quote

28-02-2012, 09:12:35

glad i looked back .....thought this was a rerunQuote

28-02-2012, 09:41:04

Originally Posted by Azurite View Post

Awesome scores and review. How far could you push that cpu with proper wc? Would be fun to see some benches with dice also :-)
Water wont make any difference, temps are not the problem here.Quote

28-02-2012, 10:13:59

Tom, I have been wondering, since you are held back by the CPU, do you perhaps have a EVGA Classified Super Record 2 (SR-2) Motherboard lying around there somewhere with two high end 1366 Xeon processors to go with it? I know it's an older architecture but maybe that will give you that little bit extra that you need?

It sure would make an interesting review if it did. Quote

28-02-2012, 12:20:44

Dammit TTL bring out the dice and cool that cpu

5400 MHz on the cpu and the score whould a been 75000+ in vantageQuote

28-02-2012, 12:23:34

Originally Posted by ExtremeBB View Post

I want Tom's playing hours

al tho then i am afraid i will put Folding on it , POS for F@H or NOT
What an amazing rig, but you are right in saying its just like a Veyron. Look but dont bother touching as you cant afford the fuel to run the thing.

Reason I reply to your post is coz I love your quote, BUT.. What happens if the iron is no longer an option? Mind and body on different wavelengths... That is the worst thing life can do to someone that has truely seen and enjoyed life O.C'd.Quote

28-02-2012, 12:57:26

Those scores were insane! Honestly, i fear what sort of scores you could do with the CPU at a higher clock. 3960X under dice would absolutely demolish those benchmarks.Quote

28-02-2012, 13:49:51

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Water wont make any difference, temps are not the problem here.
Ok :-)Quote

28-02-2012, 14:36:46

wow I really need to stop the beer, I see double ... twice.

Otherwise good review as usual. Quote

02-03-2012, 14:29:07

Out-freekin-standing. Questions...

Given the sys setup:

4x ASUS Radeon HD7970 @ 1225MHz

Catalyst HD7970 Drivers 11.12

Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.8GHz

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme

2x Corsair AX1200W

Corsair GTX8

Corsair H100

Noctua NF-F12 Fans

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Are two 1200W PSU really needed? Did I completely overlook them, or were there no power draw figures provided in this review? Other reviews of quad 7970 (not overclocked, but under heavy load) showed power consumption north of ~830W. Would be curious to see the power consumption digits for this rig as reviewed.

Great work, hoping to match it


02-03-2012, 14:42:36

Originally Posted by cz3141 View Post
Are two 1200W PSU really needed?
He needed 2 PSU's because there isn't enough PCI-E power connectors on a single PSU.


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