Many of you where wondering about the XFX Radeon HD 7950, and today we are pleased to show you a review of the XFX Radeon HD 7950 Core Edition. This graphics card is geared for a user looking for a high end graphics card at a reasonable price, with which you can play all the current games at high settings, without worrying about the performance or temperatures, as this model comes equipped with Ghost Termal cooling, an XFX exclusive.
The XFX Radeon HD 7950 card is based on the Tahiti Pro core, a shortened version of the Tahiti XT core ( the same used in 7970 ) and we must say that it offers very similar performance as it shares most of the specifications with her older sister, but its performance is lower because it has 256 Shader Processors less, but when we overclock can come very close to the HD 7970, and in some cases even overcome it.
XFX Radeon HD 7950 specs
- Core: Tahiti Pro
- Shader Processors: 1792
- Ram Memory: 3GB GDDR5
- Bus: 384 Bit
- Core Frequency: 900 MHz
- Memory Frequency: 5000 MHz
- Interface: PCI-Express x16 3.0
- Processor: AMD FX 6300 to 4.8 GHz
- Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO
- SSD: Sandisk Extreme 120GB SATA3
- Memory: 2x4GB Adata 2400Mhz
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60
- Power Supply: 850W 80 Plus Bronze Saikano
- Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
- Driver Version: Catalyst Control Center 13.4
XFX Radeon HD 7950 Performance Tests
The first benchmark 3DMark 11 Performance test, which obtained a 7913 points of GPU score, surpassing by more than 950 points the GTX 670, its direct rival.
For further testing the latest Futuremark benchmark, 3DMark “2013” was used and Fire Strike level chosen, and with a stock speed it outperformed the GTX 680 and with overclock could also outperform the GTX 770, and got 21 points from the HD 7970 .
On the side of the games, we have Battlefield 3, which the resolutions of 1920 × 1080 in high quality where used, here however is below the GTX 670 and better than the GTX 660TI. By raising its frequencies, the card outperforms the GeForce GTX 670 and even the GTX 680.
In the case of Crysis 3, and as in Battlefield 3, using stock frequencies it only surpasses the GTX 660Ti, raising its frequencies also manages to overcome the GTX 670.
Finally, we see performance in Dirt 3, where using stock settings fails to overcome any graphics card with that comparison, but by raising its frequencies can overcome the GTX 660Ti, and the GTX 670.
The performance of the 7950 is more than acceptable and can run all games and benchmark tests perfectly. XFX technology embodied by this particular model perfectly fulfilled its purpose with their Hydrocell system, a single central fan dissipating the card (unlike most market assemblers or models that have dual solutions fan), the quality of Duratec components, the Dust Free system and robustness in armed with his excellent and sober termination and great overclocking makes it a great option.
To date as mentioned, due to advances in the drivers we see significant improvements to this video card over their opponents of the same generation in some tests and other it lag’s. We look forward to seeing the next generation performance since recently Nvidia and AMD are pushing for a new generation of cards, while still maintaining the generation launched in early 2011.
In North America you can find them for about $300, a figure quite good considering the performance it offers, but for less money we can get the GTX 760 which has a similar performance to the GTX 670, which exceeds this graphics card.
XFX Radeon HD 7950 Pros
- Excellent price-performance ratio
- AMD Eyefinity Technology
- Excellent XFX cooling
- Great Nvidia ability to overclock reaching and surpassing
- Dust Free System
- Duratec Components
XFX Radeon HD 7950 Cons
- For a lower price we can get other graphic cards of equal performance