Overclocking headroom was actually a little surprising on the DEVIL13 as the video card performed better than we thought it would. When you start sticking GPUs this close together you don't always have the best of luck overclocking, but you can see from our results today that overall the performance increase was very strong.
Overclocking, though, for the most part is going to be a non-issue on the DEVIL13. Performance out of the box is just so strong that a lot of people will simply find they just have no need to throw overclocking into the mix. Especially when you consider the added heat and noise that is added to the equation.
Of course that's not to say that overclocking won't happen. It's not going to be the most useful of abilities when it comes to gaming on a single monitor at literally any resolution, any setting and in any game. However, if you're going to go down the path of Eyefinity and don't want to move past the single card solution, it's something that could indeed become handy.
In the most intensive of situations we're seeing gains of around 10% which is a really nice increase. If you're gaming across three monitors and you get an average of around 60 - 65 FPS at stock speeds, when overclocked you're going to see 66 - 72 FPS and that extra 10% comes in extremely handy when we're skirting the 60 FPS average that we aim for to provide a solid gaming experience.
The hardest part when it comes to swallowing the DEVIL13 HD 7990 from PowerColor, though, continues to be that associated $999.99 price tag. Like we said in our original review, this isn't going to be everyone; not only the high price tag, but also the insane amount of performance.
If you're gaming at 1680 x 1050 or even 1920 x 1080, this is simply a video card that is punching way above that weight class. Your money could be better spent while still being able to achieve playable FPS across the board. Moving above those resolutions, though, we get a bit of a different story.
As we get more and more intensive games and increase graphics detail more and more, you can begin to make real use of the power that's on offer. This is seen under something like Metro 2033 with AA and AF on. While it may be an older game, it continues to be one of the most intensive games on the market. Maxed out you can see our averages are in the mid-80 FPS range.
This is still excellent performance, but as games become more and more intensive that number is going to get lower and if you have intensions of holding onto a video card for a few years, that's important to remember. If you've got the money and you can make use of the power that this video card offers, it's a fantastic buy!
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - 3DMark 11]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Just Cause 2]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Metro 2033]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Dirt 3]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Temperature Test]
- Page 15 [Sound Test]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Test]
- Page 17 [Final Thoughts]
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