Closer Look at The Card:
Pretty much like its box, the Club3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce has a very minimalistic black and red design. The shroud covering the cooler is made of a very thin sheet of metal but it’s durable and much better than plastic shrouds we see on most of the graphics cards these days.
The graphics card has a standard dual slot form factor. The heatpipes are extending a bit out of the shroud from the top part but they should not really be an issue. In fact, they add to the design and overall look of the card.
Main feature of this graphics card which sets it apart from other is its cooler, which is based on Club3D’s Cool Stream technology. The cooling solution consists of two fans, three thick copper heatpipes and two arrays of aluminum fins which are penetrated by the heatpipes at five points. The fans throw cool air directly at the fins and the PCB. This air cools the fins that are heated due to direct heat transfer through the heatpipes and it also cools down the electrical components on PCB. At last, it is released into the chassis. This design works pretty effectively for the graphics card but one should have ample air flow in the chassis to prevent overheating due to the hot air released from the graphics card. Both the fans get their current from a single 4-pin power connector hence their speed can be regulated through Catalyst Control Center or other overclocking utilities.
The graphics card has two Crossfire connectors which enable it to be used in up to 4-way CrossfireX configuration.
It gets it power from an 8-pin and a 6-pin power connector. This configuration is good for delivering up to 300 Watts of power.
In terms of display connectivity options, the graphics card comes with a DVI port, an HDMI port and two mini DisplayPorts.
The graphics card has a BIOS switch which is standard in all Radeon HD 7970 cards. The switch comes with two options; both come with factory default clocks but they come in handy in overclocking. If one of the BIOS ROMs messes up or goes bad during overclocking or flashing, user can easily switch to second BIOS and recover the card.