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AMD Radeon HD 7970 Quad CrossfireX: The Stock Air Cooling Champion

Game Tests and Eyefinity

Alien vs Predator (DX11)

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Texture Quality: 3
Shadow Quality: 3
Anisotropic Filtering: 16
Vertical Sync: OFF
DX11 Tessellation: ON
DX11 Advanced Shadows: ON
DX11 MSAA Samples: 4

Battlefield 3 (DX11) 1080p Ultra Preset

Going Hunting Single Player Level Fraps Runthrough

Min Max Avg
180fps 202fps 198.991fps


We ran into a nice to have problem here – BF3's Frostbite 2 engine capped the FPS ceiling at 200, which is not a problem for our quadfire setup to hit!


Battlefield 3 (DX11) 5760×1080 Ultra Preset

Going Hunting Single Player Level Fraps Runthrough

Editor's note: this writer is an obtuse fellow and insists on running the fans @ 100%, creating an unnecessary ruckus to annoy the others in the office. When left at AUTO on load it is actually barely audible.

Min Max Avg
70fps 140fps 112.153fps



DiRT 3 (DX11) 5760×1080

Monaco Route 0

Resolution Min Avg
5760×1080 154.1312fps 205.101fps


4-Way CrossfireX Power Usage during Battlefield 3 gameplay

Global Warming Indeed



At VR-Zone, we like to think that our team and our readers are brand agnostic and worship only the best stuff available. We salute the AMD Radeon HD 7970 for its all rounded abilities, but for the sake of competition and the evolution of the human race, we hope that NVIDIA have an answer for this in the soon to be announced Kepler GK104.

The numbers shown today are in the territory of subzero LN2 overclocked 4-way GTX580s of yesteryear, achieved with stock air cooling and no voltage bump at all. This excellence does come at a hefty price though – US$2196 (based on retail SRP of $549) for the cards and then some more for a beefy power supply and decent case/cooling.

Meanwhile, Andre Yang of Team PURE has his quadfire 7970 setup at a whopping 1600/1900MHz and a 5.6GHz SNB-E under LN2 over at kingpincooling forums, comprehensively smashing all previous 3D benchmarking records.

Stay tuned for our retail AIB board reviews on 9th Jan!

P.S Could someone show us a guide in the comments section below on how to benchmark with [email protected] and Bitcoin? Other suggestions for graphically or computationally intensive games and applications are welcomed as well.

Lennard Seah
Why can't I have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads

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