XFX R7950 Double Dissipation Video Card Review

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XFX R7950 Double Dissipation 3GB Video Card

With everybody’s attention on the latest AMD Radeon releases, the R9 series, it often makes people forget the previous generation video cards, which are still relevant and frequently drop in price making them a good buy.  Such as the R7950 series, released in early 2012.  One example is the XFX R7950 Double Dissipation video card, it features PCIe 3.0, DirectX 11, Ghost Thermal technology, 1792 stream processors clocked at 925MHz and 3GB of GDDR5 memory running at 5GHz on a 384-bit bus.  Not bad for a card that costs $249.99 Shipped after a $20 rebate! Let’s take a look and see whether this card can handle some of the latest games.

R7950 Full View

Available as part number FX-795A-TDKC, the GPU is clocked at 925MHz, while the 3GB of memory runs at 1250MHz, with a 5.0GHz effective speed.  The card measures 236 x 111.2 x 38.1mm, or 9.3 x 4.4 x 1.5inches (LxHxD).  This makes it shorter than a standard ATX motherboard, which comes in at 9.5inches.  

R7950 Card Front

For cooling, the XFX R7950 DD uses two IP-5X Dust Free 90mm fans, which are housed in a heavy duty aluminum fan shroud.   The brushed silver and black looks great, while the black fan blades stand out surrounded by the brush silver.

R7950 Video Connections

Here we see the video connections for the XFX R7950 video card.  From the left, two mini Display Port 1.2, HDMI 1.4a and two DVI-I ports.  The mini Display Ports are capable of doing 4K resolutions, while the digital ports support up to 2560×1600.  A small portion of the expansion port cover has the company name, XFX cut out, this will provide a little exhaust rather than all the hot air remaining in the case.

R7950 Top Edge

The top edge of the aluminum shroud is red, and has the company name and series identified.  On the far right side of the shroud is a label showing that this card has XFX’s Ghost Thermal Technology.  XFX says that their Ghost Thermal technology is a design that allows air to pass through the heatsink to the PCB and components.  This allows the fans to be lower, reducing noise.  In addition it has their HydroCell solution, which is a vapor chamber system.  For power, it utilizes an 8-pin and 6-pin PCI power connectors; a 500W power supply is the required size to provide ample power.

R7950 No Shroud

Removing the fan shroud reveals the card length heat sink and four copper pipes.  As each of the heat pipes begin at the GPU, they terminate on other areas of the heat sink.  Here we can see the Ghost Thermal technology designed heat sink, as we can see directly through the fins to the PCB and the components under it.  It was nice to see that XFX took the time to cable tie the fan power cables to the heat sink to keep them secured.

R7950 Back

The back of the card is pretty plain, there are a number of screws for the heat sink, two CrossFire connections so it will support multiple cards in CrossFire mode.   Two of the heat sink screws have stickers on them that will void the warranty if they are tampered with.  With XFX’s lifetime warranty, it is best to not mess with these.

XFX Double D HD7950 Features and Specifications

  • Solid Capacitors
  • Ferrite Core Choke
  • 2oz Copper Layer
  • Dust-Free IP-5X Fan
  • XFX Bracket Design
  • Up to 3 Displays
  • Independent resolutions & controls
  • 16K x 16K Resolutions
  • Combine multiple
  • Active and Passive 3D
  XFX R7950
GPU Clock 925MHz
Memory Bus 384bit
Memory Clock 5.0GHz
Memory Size 3GB
Memory Type DDR5
AMD CrossFire Yes
AMD Eyefinity Yes
AMD HD3D Yes
Display Port 2x Mini DP 1.2
HDMI 1.4a
Dual Link DVI-I 1x
DVI-D 1x
Max Analog 2048×1536
Max Digital 2560×1600
Thermal Solution Ghost DD
Thermal Type Dual Slot
Card Dimension (in) 9.3 x 4.4 x 1.5
External Power

6-pin: 1

8-pin: 1

Minimum Power 500W
Recommended Power 650W

 

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  • Terry Perry

    I bought 2 650 ti boost for less than what this card cost and they will blow this away in SLI and I was lucky at the same time to pick up a 280X with BF 4 for the 300$ that made it 250$ now there 420$ all AMD VC went up a hundred $. This card is no longer 250$.

  • Strider

    These are fantastic video cards. I ordered one of the Black Edition cards back when they came out, even paid almost $50 over that $500 price tag just to get it overnight. To be fair, it was a Wednesday night and I did not want to have to wait through the weekend. lol

    Anyway, it replaced the XFX Radeon 6950/70 I had in my system at the time. I say 6950/70 because the card ran a dual-BIOS where one was flashable, and you could drop a 6970 BIOS on there, and not void the warranty. That’s exactly what I did. There was no risk involved, and all profit, that card is still going strong to this day in a friends system. This was also the last generation where XFX offered the double lifetime warranty, so even though the card is his, it’s still covered.

    Sadly, XFX did not offer that with the 7000 series, but you still get the lifetime. I was able to overclock my card to 1.1GHz on the core and over 1500MHz on the VRAM, pretty impressive if you ask me. I ran that card in my main system for several months before getting my hands on the 7970 version.

    That XFX Radeon 7950 is a beastly card. It will easily handle most all games on the market today at high to max settings, at 1080, if you couple it with other good quality hardware. It’s a GCN based card so it will have full Mantle support once it’s available. This is just a fantastic price to performance high-end card, especailly if you can pick one up cheap now that they are being phased out. It’s still got way more than enough game left in it to easily justify the purchase.

    My card is still being used in house on a secondary gaming rig. It easily plays Battlefield 4, Borderlands 2, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider (with TressFX enabled), Metro Last Light, and even had little issue with Crysis 3 at very nearly max settings.

    So yeah, I have nothing but good things to say about this card, Having it since release, it’s still going strong, and still gaming like a champ.

  • basroil

    Why compare this to a 560Ti for power? At least use a 760 or 770, Fermi cards were known for their high idle power draw.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Basroil – This is a newer writer and only his second GPU review. Sadly, you got to start off somewhere!