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XFX R7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation review

XFX R7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation - A Performance Thoroughbred

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Overall rating 9/10
Performance:
9
Features:
8.5
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Stellar performance to challenge 7970 GPU
Good cooler design
Thrifty power consumption
THE BAD
Heatsink has poor fit over some memory chips


3DMark 11 & Battlefield Bad Company 2 Results

3DMark 11 Results

As an overclocked card, we expect the XFX R7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation to perform better than the stock AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card, in light of the slew of various DirectX 11 functions such as tessellation and DirectCompute used by 3DMark 11 benchmarking utility. With that said, the XFX R7950 managed to secure gains in the range of over 9% to approximately 11% over the Radeon HD 7950. The performance increase in this benchmark was almost proportional to the percentage increase in its clock speeds over a reference card. It narrowed its losing margin against Radeon HD 7970 to slightly over 5% (versus the losing margin of almost 20% for the standard Radeon HD 7950) on the Extreme preset.

Understandably, the XFX R7950 was clearly outclassed by the dual-GPU cards from both NVIDIA  and AMD but it managed to put itself well ahead of last year's single GPU graphics card king, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580.

 

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Results

From our early experience with the AMD Radeon HD 7900 series graphics cards, they seem to be a bit weak in the area of tessellation. This disadvantage is clearly evident from our benchmark scores below. The XFX R7950 failed to beat its main competitor, the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 580, but it did improve upon the reference Radeon HD 7950 notably and was rather close to challenging the NVIDIA counterpart.