TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,198 Reviews & Articles | 40,010 News Posts

AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card Overclocked - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

We take the time to overclock our reference AMD Radeon HD 7950 to see just what kind of performance we can expect from the new model.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 3:25 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: AMD

TweakTown image content/4/5/4540_99_amd_radeon_hd_7950_3gb_video_card_overclocked.png

 

We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.

 

Moving over to our testbed you're not going to see anything out of the ordinary and everything is fairly self-explanatory in the above image. Before we get into our benchmarks, though, we just want to quickly cover the cards we'll be using today and how we're going to be comparing.

 

Of course the main thing we want to know is how much the overclock boosts performance over the stock HD 7950. Along with that we want to see how close we are to the more expensive HD 7970 when it's running at stock.

 

Because the overclock was so strong, we've also decided to include the HIS HD 7970 in the graphs today when we overclocked it to 1130MHz / 6100MHz QDR. Along with those setups we've also got the GTX 570 and GTX 580 for good measure.

 

Let's get started!

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Video Cards content at our Video Cards reviews, guides and articles index page.

Do you get our RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases