XFX R7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation - A Performance Thoroughbred

Launch SRP: S$680

Test Setup

Test Setup

As usual, the following are the specs of our trusty graphics card test bed system:-

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

With reference to our earlier article on the AMD Radeon HD 7900 series, we are recalling the same set of cards for comparison against the XFX R7950 Black Edition to see how this overclocked card stands out against the competition.

The list of card tested and driver versions used:

  • XFX R7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview Version)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview Version)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview Version)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 11.11)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 11.11)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 285.62)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1560MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 280.26)

The extra card that was used power and temperature comparison:

  • Sparkle Calibre X580 1560MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 280.26)

Note that we've excluded Unigine v2.1 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in this round of testing as we've already established how the various GPUs scale in these time consuming tests. Instead, we focus on XFX R7950 Black Edition's performance in our gaming benchmarks. We are also paying attention to its temperature, power and overclocking prowess when the card is put under duress.

The list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Crysis 2
  • Batman: Arkam City
  • Dirt 3
The Good
Stellar performance to challenge 7970 GPU
Good cooler design
Thrifty power consumption
The Bad
Heatsink has poor fit over some memory chips

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