AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB DDR5 - AMD Strikes Back



The AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition proves that the card has what it takes to compete with NVIDIA, but at US$499, $20 more than the existing HD 7970, it's hard to justify spending the extra money for an overclock that will take you five minutes to do by yourself. We would have liked to see AMD do more than just overclock the core and memory clock speeds as the card's single fan cooling system just isn't sufficient to keep the temperatures down and revving the fan speed up results in a very noisy setup. 

Current Radeon HD 7970 owners, there's no need to trade-in or sell it for an upgrade to the GHz edition as you can, of course, just overclock your own unit to reach the same speeds.

For those with older cards thinking about whether to upgrade to the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, if you're not planning on doing any overclocking, the GHz edition is one of the most powerful cards out there (just ensure that you have a good cooling setup in your build), however, if you do intend to do some tweaking yourself, you might be better off with a custom cooler endowed card from one of AMD's add-on partners instead like a couple we've tested here.

It's a very powerful card, but it's nothing new. AMD could have done better.

The Good
One of the highest default clock speeds around
Great performance
The Bad
No physical improvements on previous Radeon HD 7970
High temperature
High power consumption
Fan is very loud at high speeds

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