|XFX Radeon R7950 Black Edition Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 31 January 2012|
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XFX R7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation
Manufacturer: XFX Creation, Inc.
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by XFX.
AMD might have trouble keeping up with the competition in the CPU arena, but their acquisition of ATI allowed them to become a major player in the graphics world. AMD and NVIDIA regularly trade places in the "fastest video card" rankings, and while NVIDIA's been good holding down the title with its current high-end, the Fermi-based GTX 580, AMD's new "Tahiti" GPU decisively stole the performance crown in its 7970 form.
While our recent test of the XFX R7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation video card praised its performance, we did gulp at the price: an eye-watering $600. This is $50 more (at Newegg prices) than a 3GB GTX580 and about $130 more than the standard 1.5GB GTX580s. Today we have the R7970's little brother, the R7950, which comes in at a still-high $500...but how will its performance compare?
Like its big brother, this card comes with a factory overclock and an elaborate dual-fan cooling system. I'll compare its performance against NVIDIA and AMD's current top-end cards, as well as the R7970 we tested recently, to see how well it performs.