Neither a powerhouse gaming card, nor a diminutive HTPC card, the Radeon 7870 occupies the middleground in the marketplace, looking to capitalize on a large segment in the marketplace. There’s some strong competition here, both from AMD partners and Nvidia’s GTX 660 which is priced nearly identical.
On that note, the 7870 GHz Edition handily beats Nvidia’s GTX 660, so there’s not much to worry about on the AMD side of the equation. That said, cards in this price range aren’t solely about framerates; temperatures, noise levels, and dollar value are likely just as important. And on those criteria, the Diamond 7870 GHz Edition matches up extremely well against the competition.
With temperatures that are amongst the best we’ve seen, noise levels that are impressively low, and a price as low as $219, a 5 year warranty and sleek styling and sharp aesthetics are icing on the cake.
We think these factors complete the picture for the Diamond 7870 GHz as a compelling option for gamers who don’t want to sacrifice quality at an affordable price.
Diamond 7870 GHz Edition