PowerColor HD7970 Overclocking & Eyefinity Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

PowerColor HD7970 Eyefinity Review

Test Setup

For those of you who have skipped straight to our Eyefinity review, firstly you're very naughty and have missed some important information in the first review, and secondly you'll notice that as it's 2012 we've upgraded our test rig to a LGA2011 Core i7-3960X. Which gives a decent improvement scores over the i7-950 set up we previously used.

PowerColor HD7970
Catalyst HD7970 Drivers 11.12
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair AX1200W
Corsair GTX8
Corsair H100
3x iiyama Prolite 24"
Windows 7 Ultimate x64


To say that the HD7970 overclocks easily is akin to saying that British weather has a habit of raining. Open the Catalyst Control Centre, slide the GPU Core slider to the stops, apply. It's really that simple. The only thing to note is the bug in GPUz which shows the newly overclocked speed as the default clock, which it isn't.

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Considering that this is the bog-standard reference cooler, and AMD aren't known for their excellent coolers, it's good that even when overclocked and under a hefty load the temperature doesn't go above 77°C. You have a little noise to put up with, but certainly better than the reference HD6 series cards.


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Most Recent Comments

09-01-2012, 03:28:57


09-01-2012, 03:32:57

Good work AMD. Nice to see.Quote

09-01-2012, 04:23:04

These cards are retailing in Australia for the same price as a 3gig GTX580 so bang for buck can't beat it ATM.Quote

09-01-2012, 05:21:58

Just amazing...

Great vids Tom. All we need know are better drivers.

The prices are a bit steep but what the hell.

Personally I'm going to wait till their are some oc editions with better cooling before i shell out 800+ on a couple of these beauty's.

Great work Tom, go have a lie down know. Quote

09-01-2012, 05:28:16

XFX has already released their dual fan version.Quote

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