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Diamond 7870 GHz Edition

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Posted February 22, 2013 by Jake in Video Cards
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Price at time of Review: $239 ($219 after rebate)
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek and unique styling; very low temperatures; low noise; smaller PCB; 5 year warranty; excellent value against Nvidia competition
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Can struggle with high resolution and image quality settings.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Sharp aesthetics are complemented by excellent gaming value.
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Introduction

We’ve looked at the gamut of graphics cards in AMD’s current lineup, including several 7900 models, cards which garner much of the exposure, in no small part due to the extreme nature of those products. Those cards have proven to be powerhouses, posting impressive results, but it’s no secret that what one considers a reasonably-priced purchase might be extravagant and expensive to another. Not everyone is a hardcore gamer and enthusiast, and there is a considerable number of consumers out there that need something far more affordable that can still satisfy a gaming fix.

To that end, the Radeon 7870 sits in the middle of AMD’s product lineup, at the “performance” echelon. It’s far more affordable than the potent flagship 7970, yet packs far more than the gaming-anemic 7750. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a graphics card from Diamond, but today we’re looking at the company’s 7870 GHz Edition, a model that sports a smaller PCB design and a custom cooler, as well as some flashy red styling.

Retailing for about $239 ($219 after rebate), this card is quite affordable, and while we don’t expect it to be a gaming powerhouse, it could prove very enticing to gamers on a more modest budget. Let’s take a closer look at the Diamond 7870 GHz Edition and see how it fares.

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2 Comments


  1.  
    Casecutter

    Wow would’ve like to have seen the GTX660 in all those test. In those missing it’s amazing how close this 7870 was against the 660Ti OC; which something like that would require at least $60 more. Would’ve also like to have seen what you could’ve found in OC’n that Diamond, even in Crysis 2 you wonder how it would closed in on the GTX Ti’s 25% lead. As cool as that that thing ran adding 15% to the 1Ghz could paint a whole different picture.




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      We’re in the process of updating our benchmark games, as well as cards, so unfortunately the GTX 660 wasn’t in all the charts this time. We’re working to get those done for upcoming ones though.

      OC’ing can be a tricky beast. Yes, the 7870 might close in on the GTX 660 Ti, but then that card could be OC’d and then pull ahead again. It’s a back-and-forth thing really, and not a question easily solved.

      Thanks for the feedback!





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