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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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by Jake
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Summary

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

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2 Comments


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    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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