At the launch of any new GPU we always try to make an effort to put a reference based video card up for testing as it's the best model to set a baseline for what we're dealing with when it comes to a new model. At the same time, though, we be fair and in a first come first serve basis the XFX HD 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation 3GB was the first to arrive at our labs and not only did it carry with itself an aftermarket cooler, but also an out of the box overclock.
Today, though, we take a step back and look at a Radeon HD 7950 from HIS that carries with it what should be the reference cooler along with the standard reference clocks. Of course before we get into the performance side of things there are a few other areas we need to look at.
We'll start of by checking out the packaging of the card, once we've done that we'll move over to the card itself before we take the time to have a look at the specifications and take a closer look at the reference clocks on offer.
Once we've done that it's into the fun stuff where we find out just what kind of performance the HIS HD 7950 can do for us, of course, though, the package first.
Looking at the bundle it's a little smaller than what we saw out of the HIS HD 7970.
We've got the driver CD, paperwork, case sticker, CrossFire bridge, DVI to VGA adapter and new Weight Lifter add on. What's missing is any other kind of converting cables, like HDMI to DVI or mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort.
Like we've said with a few of our recent video card reviews, this isn't a shock as we are seeing companies shrink down bundle sizes a little. As long as the savings are passed onto the consumer, there's not much to complain about. You just want to double check the bundle as you may need to buy a cable or two separately depending on what you're going to use.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and The Package]
- Page 2 [The Card and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark 11]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Just Cause 2]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Metro 2033]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Dirt 3]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Temperature Test]
- Page 16 [Sound Test]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Final Thoughts]