XFX R7950 Black Edition Review

Conclusion

XFX R7950 Black Edition Review

Conclusion

It's always interesting to see how identical underpinnings can lead to a very different target audience. The HD7950 is clearly a very powerful card, but the XFX take upon it definitely ends up being aimed at people who more want a 'fire and forget' style card when compared to the HIS Digital reference card.

Clearly the Tahiti core responds well to overclocking. In fact we're struggling to think of another GPU that has such a clear improvement across all of our tests when it's overclocked compared to the stock settings.

However, we know that not everybody is comfortable in overclocking their card and so their eye is always drawn to the cards that are faster out of the box. Here is where the XFX Black Edition gets a clear advantage.

Barring a couple of tests the extra 100MHz really makes a difference, giving you those vital few extra frames to provide a smoother playing experience. Overclocking it is as easy as you could hope for, but it's a surprise that the XFX ended up being 25MHz shy of the HIS on both GPU Core and Memory speed. Generally, and further demonstration of how well the HD7950 scales with clock speed, those few extra MHz meant that the XFX offering placed in the second and third spots in our testing.

The cooler is excellent. It looks absolutely gorgeous and keeps the temperatures much lower than the reference design. With two fans you're always balancing temperatures with noise. The better heat-sink allows the fans to spin slower, but two fans will always be louder than one. In the end it's louder the reference design, but better at keeping the card cool.

If your interest was piqued by the excellent performance of the HD7950 but you prefer to just plug a card in and forget about it rather than tweak and tune it then the XFX HD7950 Black Edition with Double Dissipation, a lengthy name if ever there was one, should certainly be high on your list.

For its excellent stock performance and great cooler we're happy to award it our OC3D Gold Award.

*VIDEO COMING UPLOADING*

   

Thanks to XFX for supplying the HD7950 Black Edition for review. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

30-01-2012, 23:57:00

tinytomlogan


It's been too long since we've reviewed an XFX card, and we've got their famous Black edition of the 7950 here.

Continue Reading

31-01-2012, 00:54:52

MaXiMiZe
Awesome review as usual. Going to be interesting to see what kepler offers seeing as tahiti is a more than capable overclocking architecture.

31-01-2012, 02:07:05

trazom
Nice review for a nice graphics card.

I've rarely been impressed by AMD but I must admit that their graphics cards are successful. XFX is one of my favorite brand and I find them particularly beautiful.

31-01-2012, 02:47:10

marsey99
it pains me to say this but i like this xfx more than the others i have seen

nice 1 tom

31-01-2012, 04:58:44

leejc73
Tom!!

You alright bud, you looked absolutely battered on the XFX Video.

Pleased to see an appreciable difference between stock 7970 and 7950 which won't be bridged by a bios frig.

Any suggestions on why the unigen quadfire 7950 score was so poor?

I've noticed something similar on dual 6950's where you go past a certain overclock point and it becomes shockingly bad.

31-01-2012, 07:38:41

Solidarity
This is probably the best looking 7950 at the moment.The initial fan step down was crazy in the video.

04-02-2012, 15:42:59

murphy7801
Think it needs a back plate

04-02-2012, 17:10:44

S_I_N
gotta admit thats the best looking graphics card I've seen in a while.
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