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PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990

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Posted October 15, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards

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Price at time of Review: $999
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Otherworldly performance, Sleek styling, Outstanding accessory package, Low temperatures, The "Wow" Factor
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Very expensive, Huge triple slot cooler, Very heavy, Fans a bit noisy at load
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Insane performance that comes with a similar price tag for those who want, and can afford, the best.
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Specifications

This PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990 isn’t a stock card by any measure, neither in size, ability, nor cost. In terms of specifications, the specifications seem to follow similar specifications as its regular 7970 brethren, with a 925MHz core and 1375MHz memory at stock settings, as shown in the screenshot below:

However, the card also has a little trick up its sleeve, with a small push button on the rear of the card that gives it an instant boost by switching to a new BIOS. Think of it as a “Turbo Boost” since it primarily increases the clock speed to 1 GHz, shown below.

If the clock speeds can be boosted with the press of a button, why bother keeping it at stock? You’re essentially getting an overclocked card, but that does come at a cost of slightly higher temperatures and noise levels for the fans to keep the card reasonably cool. So run it at stock for lower noise and temperatures, then push the red button to go Turbo when you want to game. Simple.

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2 Comments


  1.  

    OMG. I want one of these cards. However doesnt the fact that the card seems to go Waaaay over the backplates lip cause issues?

    I have a big case and yet i dont think it would fit because the side panel is too close to the end of the backplate..

    Hmmm.

    Its shocking just how much of a beast this card is… Then again, What do you expect for $1000 smackers.




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      Actually, there isn’t much difference off the backplate, perhaps the perspective on the photos doesn’t show the detail that well. If you have a large case, you shouldn’t have any issues with clearance, particularly against the side panel, because the card is thick but it’s designed to fit within a case. And at just over 12″ in length, it should fit as well unless you have a hard drive cage that’s in the way (though that shouldn’t be a problem if you have a full tower case).

      The only real concern is the weight. This card is HEAVY. I’d recommend using the included Powerjack support device to help ease the stress being put on the PCI-E slot and motherboard.

      Beyond that, you should be good if you have a full tower case. It’s a monster card, though, unlike any other out there.





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