DIAMOND Radeon HD 7970 3GB Double Black Diamond Video Card
July 25, 2012 - 10:45pm — brandon
Performance Test Platform
The hardware chosen was picked to reflect that of a relatively modern computer system that an enthusiast may own. The configuration of the system is as follows:
Intel Core i7 2700k @ 4.5GHz (overclocked)
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 motherboard
G.Skill Sniper 2x4GB DDR3-1600 memory kit
Crucial m4 256GB solid state drive
Liteon iHAS124B SATA DVD-writer
Thermaltake Level 10 GT (Snow White) case
Corsair H100 Liquid CPU Cooler
A base Windows 7 Professional 64-bit install is used for the operating system. Non-essential services including Fax, Windows Defender, Windows Search, Windows Update were disabled, as they can affect testing results.
All tests were performed 5 times each, and the average of all test runs were used as the results.
Video Card Drivers
Diamond Radeon HD 6970 2GB (6970PE52G): Catalyst 12.3
Diamond Radeon HD 7870 2GB Double Black Diamond (7870PE52GDD): Catalyst 12.4
Diamond Radeon HD 7970 2GB Double Black Diamond (7970PE53GDD): Catalyst 12.4
PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB (AX7850 2GBD5-2DH): Catalyst 12.3
XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB (HD687AZHFC): Catalyst 12.3
Note: Unless specified, the video cards used for comparison purposes were all clocked at the stock speeds of the reference design of the GPU. This means factory overclocked video cards were downclocked.
Performance Testing Results: Synthetic Benchmarks
Unigine is a real time 3D engine supporting DirectX 11 rendering features. Heaven is the name of the benchmarking tool using the Unigine engine. Looking at current DirectX 11 games, it looks like there is a strong focus on pushing the realism envelope with the use of tessellation, and Heaven can be used to test performance when tessellation is used heavily. In our test, we maxed out all of the settings, including "extreme tessellation". The Double Black Diamond held an 8% performance lead over the stock 7970, and this brought it up in line with the GeForce GTX 680.