XFX's offering is different from the other two cards in our roundup and it already shows in its box design

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Back of box

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Accessories/Documentation – XFX has the least amount of display convertors (HDMI to DVI only) in our roundup

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XFX Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition – clocked higher at a still conservative 1000/1425MHz on the core/memory and featuring twin axial fans instead of a centrifugal blower (more on that later)

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Back of card – identical to the reference design except XFX uses bigger screws

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Same story here on the outputs too – only difference is there is a XFX cutout at the exhaust grills which XFX claims will provide better airflow

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Heatsink removed – exactly like AMD's reference board design

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'HydroCell' Vapour Chamber

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Appropiately spaced fins for acoustic and thermal dissipation

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'Duratec' IP5X Twin PWM capable 0.55A@12v fans – claims to have protection from dust getting into its bearings and is rated for 10,000 hours of operation

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