Gigabyte HD7970 OC Review
Published: 2nd March 2012 | Source: Gigabyte | Price: |
The packaging is often only worth a cursory mention unless it's particularly stunning or terrible. The Gigabyte is worth a shout because it's so nice to see something different in the artwork. The combination of neon, almost Tron-esque, and some very clean design choices really brings us something that feels modern, rather than the 80s stuff we're used to.
Not only is the Gigabyte HD7970 OC a triple-fan cooler but we also have the classic Gigabyte standby of a blue PCB. These are definitely an acquired taste, especially when you nearly always are only looking at the back of the card due to the horizontal mounting we're all use to.
Speaking of the cooler, it's a stunner. Heat-pipes and insane fin density should ensure that the card remains frosty at all times.
Despite the factory overclock and increased amount of fans the Gigabyte still only needs an 8pin and 6pin PCIe power input. Round the business end we have the now standard arrangement of a single DVI and HDMI, as well as two mini-DisplayPorts.