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All the boards in our roundup today feature the reference PCB design of the Radeon 'Tahiti XT' HD 7970, with differences only in the pre-programmed default clock speeds, cooling solution, bundled software/accessories, warranties and most crucially, price. We help our readers to make an informed choice…

ASUS Radeon HD 7970

A fiery looking box – with ASUS keen to emphasize their GPU Tweak software as a selling point

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Back of Box

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Bundled Accessories (1 x MiniDP and 1 x HDMI to DVI convertor, 2 x 6 pin PCIe to 8 pin PCIe, Crossfire bridge) and Documentation

P1020997 AMD Radeon HD 7970 Roundup: Contenders from ASUS, Sapphire and XFX

ASUS's HD 7970 is based on the reference design by AMD, the only difference being an ASUS sticker pasted on the vapor chamber shroud

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Like the reference design, it requires 8+6 pin PCIe power connectors and preferably a PCIe 3.0 compliant CPU (currently only Intel's SNB-E) for max link speed

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Up to six-monitor Eyefinity 2.0 configurations from the mini-DP, HDMI and DVI-D ports

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ASUS has bundled an updated version of GPU Tweak software, which allows independent monitoring and control of the GPU and memory clocks/voltage on its cards. Some other thoughtful features we liked were the ability to sync GPU clocks with appropiate voltages (good for novice users), 2D mode clocks removal. FRAPS-like video recording, and Live Update for vBios and drivers.

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ASUS themed GPU-Z

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