The Black Edition series from XFX has served us extremely well since the launch of the new HD 7000 series this year. We saw XFX come out strong with the HD 7970 version which was then followed up with the HD 7950 version.
After that we saw the HD 7770 get the same treatment, but unfortunately the HD 7770 on a whole hasn't been our favorite model due to the current price point it hits at. Today it's time to check out the HD 7870 version of the Black Edition card and see how it goes.
So far the HD 7870 has impressed us and we've got our fingers crossed that the XFX version today will be able to do the same thing. As always, though, there are a few things we need to do before we get into the performance side of things.
The first thing we'll do is take a quick look at the bundle XFX is offering us. Once we've done that we'll take a closer look at the video card and also see what kind of overclock is on offer from this Black Edition version. Once we've done that we'll quickly look at our testbed, run over the cards we'll be using in our graphs today and then get stuck into the performance side of things.
You can see we've got a lot of paperwork, a sign to hang of your door knob, CrossFire bridge and that sweet XFX case badge that we see in the Black Series cards.
There's nothing too much going on in the cable department, for some that will be fine, for others, there might be a particular cable you need when buying the card, so just remember that.