Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC
Posted on: 03/19/2012 12:24 AM
Today we are checking out the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC Edition, which has been designed from the ground up featuring a custom PCB, upgraded cooling setup, and factory overclocking. Despite the numerous improvements that Gigabyte has been able to make, they have also managed to stick very closely to the MSRP...
Earlier this month AMD released their Radeon HD 7800 series featuring the HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards. Both were impressive performers that provided a much better performance to price ratio when compared to other Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards already released.
The Radeon HD 7870 really stood out for us as it was just 8% slower than the much more expensive HD 7950. Then when compared to the GeForce GTX 580 the Radeon HD 7870 was on average just 7% slower, while it was 12% faster than the GeForce GTX 570 and 10% faster than the Radeon HD 6970.
Given that at $349 the Radeon HD 7870 shares the same price tag as the GeForce GTX 570 and Radeon HD 6970, the fact that it was 10% faster or more is a big deal.
For those gamers still flaunting a Radeon HD 5870 graphics card because they skipped the HD 6000 series for something more worthwhile, we now have that something. The Radeon HD 5870 debuted with an MSRP of $380, which makes the much faster Radeon HD 7870 a very attractive prospect at $349.
That said, as the Radeon HD 7870 was a paper launch, finding one hasnít been easy as they were only meant to officially hit shelves on the 19th of March. As I write this it is March 19th and by coincidence the only Radeon HD 7870 we can find online is in fact the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC (GV-R787OC-2GD) which is retailing for $360. With that said, letís check out the card in greater detail...
Printed from Legion Hardware (http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_radeon_hd_7870_oc,1.html)