Following the reference design isn't a bad thing these days when AMD and NVIDIA both offer such strong performing reference coolers. Out of the box the VisionTek HD 7950 is going to perform like any other reference clocked HD 7950 that shares the same reference cooler.
On a whole there's nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the VisionTek offering. We've got strong performance as you'd expect and a fairly basic bundle like we see most companies offering these days.
The model really starts to shine, though, when we fire up something like MSI Afterburner. When adjusting the voltages on the video card (while adding to both heat and noise), do wonders when it comes to overall performance.
Looking through our graphs today you can actually see at times the overclock quite often helps push our FPS over 60 FPS when gaming at 2560 x 1600, a resolution that is normally reserved for the top single GPU offerings when running at stock. Today, though, we see the overclock helps push us from unplayable to playable. It's times like that where we really appreciate the overclock.
Coming in at over $100 cheaper than the GeForce GTX 680 2GB as well, we can see an overclocked HD 7950 is a strong competitor for sure. Sure, you can overclock the GTX 680 as well, but you're going to be paying an extra $100 for that privilege overclocked or not.
For the most part I feel that the AMD Radeon HD 7950 is one of the best models currently on the market when it comes to ticking all the boxes. Strong out of the box performance, awesome overclocking ability and a competitive price point make it one of the best video cards on the market at the moment.
If you want to grab a HD 7950 at that $399 price point, then the VisionTek is a good option thanks to it offering everything you need to get up and running and that same strong overclocking ability we've seen on other Radeon HD 7950 video cards.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and 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 Test]
- Page 18 [Final Thoughts]