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

Back of box

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



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)

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


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


Heatsink removed – exactly like AMD's reference board design


'HydroCell' Vapour Chamber


Appropiately spaced fins for acoustic and thermal dissipation


'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