Crysis, Metro, DiRT 3, Shogun 2, & Batman

CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.3GHz
Motherboard: EVGA X79 SLI
Chipset Drivers: Intel 9.​2.​3.​1022
Power Supply: Antec True Power Quattro 1200
Hard Disk: Samsung 470 (256GB)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1867 4 x 4GB (8-10-9-26)
Case: Thermaltake Spedo Advance
Video Cards: AMD Radeon HD 7970
AMD Radeon HD 7950
AMD Radeon HD 7870
AMD Radeon HD 7850
AMD Radeon HD 7770
AMD Radeon HD 6970
AMD Radeon HD 6950
AMD Radeon HD 6870
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB
Video Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 295.73
AMD Catalyst 12.3
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

As the HD 7870 OE ships with a fairly mild overclock, it effectively splits the difference between the reference 7870 and the other 7870s we've seen with larger core overclocks. That said all of these cards are fairly close, offering varying degrees of overclocks at similarly varying prices with no single card doing particularly better than the others in that respect.

AMD's recent 7900 series price drop means that the 7950 is now within $50 of the reference 7870 and onyl $40 of the HD 7870 OE, but at the same time these overclocks close what was already a small gap. While the remaining gap depends on the game, with a 250MHz advantage the HD 7870 OE makes a very good case for grabbing what's otherwise a smaller, less power hungry card over AMD's lower-tier 7900.

In any case, since all of these 7870 cards are so close we'll skip the running commentary here on game performance.

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  • princehamlet - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    the Sapphire HD 7870 OE Load uses 219 V under load? Fascinating!!
  • Ryan Smith - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    Yep, but the amperage is astoundingly low! Thanks for pointing that out; fixed.
  • ImSpartacus - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    Best correction response ever. Jarred will need to up his game.
  • axelthor - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - link

    Best response ever. I think today is the first time I actually laughed out loud reading Anandtech.
  • xeizo - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    As it is best in "just about every metric" as Charlie D wrote long before it's launch.

    But, it could be interesting for the uninitiated to see just how much is sacrified by chosing a cheaper solution, that's why it should have been included in this an upcoming tests.
  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - link

    Yes, but they had to show only amd winning to satisfy their fanboy love.
    Just expect it here every time, right down to wording and phrasing, not just the charts.
    Anyway, if we go back to the abandoned price vs performance metric that was spewed here for years and instantly abandoned when AMD spit out their greedy failship that cost me dearly, I'd say the GTX570 is one sweet deal - and they did include that in the charts.
    Overclock it and you almost have the 580 - also in the charts.
    Here is it for $269, and it's a quad monitor, surround single card MDT overclocked out of the box.
    Never mentioned is the FACT that Nvidia's newest driver 301.24 takes ALL the wonderful GTX680 special driver features and ports them all the way back to the 8 series Nvidia cards.
    That's FXAA, dynamic V-sync, etc, etc -all the way back to anyone and everyone including gems like 8800GT/X, all the rebrands !
    ROFL @ amd's driver fail
    Think about that - all that hatred over all those years now Nvidia is stepping up like the men amd only wished they could be and providing enormous added value for long discontinued cards - with so many owners one can only hope these review sites swallow their bias and actually report on the wonderful development.
    What this means is cards going way back for Nvidia purchasers just got new life breathed into them, the adaptive v-sync does wonders for gaming smoothness.
    I've dumped the flagship amd card overboard for failure to support the end users and gamers and scalping us like crazy until they got hammered back by Nvidia, then what did they do ? Dumped support for my 4000 series amd cards.
    Good bye amd, who cares what your fps say at we won't show nvidia 680 websites, and your lousy amd no added valueless fail crash drivers.
    And that's the way it is. Good night.
  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - link

    Here's the driver link
  • snakefist - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - link

    errrr... are you sane?

    being a fanboy is one thing, but having THAT ridiculous argumentation is... well, *quite* different

    where I came from, there is absolutely NO GTX680 available, neither for love nor money... i see not much point in argument that "almost fictional graphic card seen only on reviews or as a gift on lottery" to be a necessary addition to a completely different price-range card review

    or, if we want to play make believe reviews, let me introduce brand new, revolutionary Einstein-architecture graphic card called Snakefist GTX+1699, which has recommended price of sub-300$, beats both AMD and NVIDIA flagship solutions in all benchmarks for blazing 30+%, and require no additional power...

    only catch is, this magnificent card is available only on reviews, and can't be bought in real life... but surely, this lacking review would profit greatly if a Snakefist GTX+1699 was included, therefore i protest for its malicious excluding... and this site is well known to be biased to BOTH AMD AND NVIDIA, as well as for BOTH AMD AND INTEL... and dropping out GTX+1699 only confirms this fact

    anyway, people *that* full of rage should refrain from posting... at least until they cool off a bit...

    as for me, this review includes all relevant, similarly priced and AVAILABLE cards in the price range... and as much as i would like to be able to see my make-believe card showing its shiny blue colour in, for example, budget card comparison, dominating everything else by 30-30000% margin, it's just... not necessary

    and, please, do a comment about my grammar, i'm not a native english speaker, but i surely deserved that. and lacking grammar is a sure sign of being completely wrong in all points, that is a fact well known of this site. please. just this time. it will strengthen your argumentation and make you feel superior
  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - link

    In other words everything I said is true and you decided to call names and make up fantasies for 8 paragraphs because you have no other method of dealing with the truth.
  • snakefist - Monday, April 30, 2012 - link

    i have no problems in dealing with a truth (and no problems with typing, either - besides, i don't see mine post was longer than yours). thing is, you were raging and spilling hate because ~500$ card was missing for sub 300$ comparison. and because you presumably had a problem with a card, every review from there on has to be 680 vs 7970? if you need it in writing: "680 is better than 7970". happy?

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