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Club3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce Review

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  • Excellent performance
  • Good design
  • Good build quality
  • Cool Stream dual-fan cooling design
  • Excellent cooling performance
  • Decent overclocking potential
  • Dual BIOS
  • Power consumption
  • Kinda noisy when overclocked

AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition to tackle NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 and it succeeded in doing so. On average, it turned out to be around 7-10% faster than the GTX 680. However, in pursuit of performance, AMD kind of neglected the power consumption and the HD 7970 GHz ended up being a power hog.

The Club3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce is actually the HD 7970 GHz edition but with higher clocks and a custom cooler. Extra frequency brings in extra performance which is not much but it’s still considerable. The custom cooler is the biggest improvement. The reference HD 7970 GHz edition is loud and hot. Club3D’s cooler with Cool Stream technology fixes it. Even with heavy load, the core temperature does not cross 70 degree and that too with fan speed set at auto. Once the graphics card is overclocked, the load temperature reaches 77 degree but noise emission does not get a huge hit.

As far as the overclocking headroom of the Club3D HD 7970 royalAce is concerned, I am pretty content with it. We achieved an increment of 70 MHz in core clock without even adjusting the core voltage. This puts the core clock at 1170 MHz which is decent for an HD 7970 and it gives a considerable performance jump.

All in all, the Club3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce is a decent card which one should seriously consider when selecting one from all the factory overclocked HD 7970 SKUs. However, availability is a major issue with all Club3D products. Their products are not available in two major markets; US and Canada.


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