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In the end of the last year we carried out a series of tests of Radeon HD 69xx and 68xx graphics cards based on AMD’s Cayman and Barts GPUs. And we wrote that we were sad to see such very exciting products come about that late, close to the end of the lifecycle of the sixth Radeon generation. Indeed, right after the release of the Radeon 7 series many graphics card makers announced their original products with exclusive cooling systems or pre-overclocked frequencies.

XFX Company was one of the first to offer their very own XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Edition based on AMD's new Tahiti XT processor with GCN architecture. As a matter of fact, XFX already offers as many as four HD 7970 series products. We are going to check out the mentioned model in this review and will also throw in a reference AMD Radeon HD 7970 to benchmark the resulting CrossFireX configuration.

Technical Specifications

The technical specifications of XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Edition are summed up in the following table:

* - may vary depending on the particular graphics card sample.

As we see, the official specifications of the new XFX graphics card are practically identical to those of the reference AMD Radeon HD 7970. The only differences are an 8 mm shorter PCB and $10 higher price.

Packaging and Accessories

The graphics card comes in a medium-sized cardboard box with two icy letters DD on the face side:


This is supposed to indicate the highest efficiency of the card’s original cooler. The type and amount of graphics memory and the device’s interface (it’s the new PCI Express 3.0) are also indicated on the box. You can also find exhaustive information about the product, its features and technologies and cooling system, on the sides of the packaging.

The graphics card is sealed in a central compartment. Its accessories lie on top of it in a cardboard tray.

The accessories are rather scanty: an HDMI-DVI cable, a CrossFireX bridge and a CD with drivers. There is also some documentation, mostly useless. It is odd for such a top-end product to come without a free game or some other bonus.

The retail price of the XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Edition is $560. Its warranty period is 1 year.

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