Asus AMD Radeon HD7950 DirectCU II TOP Graphics Card (3GB, HDMI, DVI-I, CrossFireX, Overclocked on Arrival)
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Unfortunately this card has a massive issue as Asus didn't do a good job redesigning the cooler. The 7950 has an IHS around the GPU to help protect it from too much pressure being applied. Therefore, the cooler has to have a little extra square molded into the bass so that it is able to touch the GPU. The problem is, Asus didnt use the correct screws and a lot of the time this square doesn't make good contact with the GPU. Because of this the stock temps are VERY high, under Furmark I got it up to 100C which is just crazy, its far hotter than the stock cooler even though its so bulky. There is a trick you can do by using paper washers on the back of the PCB where the screws are in order to force the GPU further up and let it touch the cooler. I used this trick combined with a nice coating of high performance Arctic MX-4 thermal paste. This helped temps go down to about 90C.
The card then promptly died on me after 2 days of use, showing typical signs of shorting so I had to send it back. Because they have been out of stock for ages I bought a different 7950 (gigabyte Windforce OC) which only gets up to 65C in Furmark and has the same clocks as well.
The cooler on the card also doesn't heatsink the VRMs,meaning any overvolting is going to stress them madly which isnt good either. The contact issue on the cooler seems to be hit and miss though, and apparently is being fixed in a later revision although I havent heard anything yet.Read more ›
You may have noted the past tense, however. My card seems to have shorted and no longer works, leaving me in ASUS after-sales hell (if packed in two days after the amazon 30 day return). A month ago it was 4 stars, now somewhat less.
Shipping was a bit pain, it arrived 5 days late, but biggest problem was that amazon NEVER answered to me when i asked where my package was, and because amazon had changed their postal partner in Finland i didn't know were the packet was and i waited nearly another 5 days because of this. Luckily i started to google with postal services name that amazon had given the package and found out that they have changed postal service in my country. Amazon seriously wtf, next time answer customer mail, or at least choose partner that sends sms, or otherwise notifies customer. Getting notification through mail (not email) after it had been there over a week was a ****ing joke.
Now for the actual card review. I am very pleased with the card, it is very fast and silent. Although i have 4 hdd:s that generate quite a lot of noise, so this might be reason i don't hear anything from the card. Idle temperatures are very good between 36 and 41 C. I haven't checked what they are when i play, but at least fan doesn't generate noticeable noise from corsair 550d case. My bottleneck seems to be old qx9650 cpu, that i needed to overclock to get most out of the card.
The things that reduced one star were :
zerocore mode, where card only uses 3w or less. Because i don't like screen going blank when i work or watch movie i have set powersaving setting so that it takes 2 hours to get to zerocore state. I would like to be able to manually make my computer go to this zerocore state, since i have a lot of software in my computer that needs to be open nearly 24/7 and this solution would clearly save me money.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As the same as some people below the card shorted after a few days of use. PSU would not power the computer and after extensive diagnosis the card was at fault. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2012 by Pacey
This card is a monster with all the extra cooling. No doubt it's all for some good overclocking but leaving mine at stock for now (factory 900mhz). Read morePublished on 19 April 2012 by A. Markham