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Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD

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  • Ultra Durable VGA Components - GPU Temperature 5-Percent-10-Percent Down - Overclocing Capability 10-Percent-30-Percent Up - Power Switching Loss 10-Percent-30-Percent Down
  • WINDFORCE 3X Anti-Turbulence Cooling with New Triangle Cool Technology
  • Gold Plated HDMI for optimum signal transfer between connections
  • Features DVI-I/HDMI/2x mini-Display port outputs with HDCP protection
  • Supports AMD Eyefinity/Eyespeed/CrossFire/Avivo HD Technologies

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 7.4 x 26.9 cm ; 1.6 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Item model number: GV-R787OC-2GD
  • ASIN: B007PJVB3Y
  • Date first available at May 13 2012
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,613 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Powered by AMD Radeon HD 7870 GPU and Integrated with the industry's best 2 GB GDDR5 memory and 256-bit memory interface.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2434e04) out of 5 stars Fast, Cool, Quiet Dec 20 2012
By Joshua G. - Published on
I purchased this from Micro Center, but will soon be purchasing a second one from Amazon for a CrossFire setup.

The first thing you need to know is that this is widely regarded as the best model of the 7870. Gigabyte's cooling system is fantastic and the card comes overclocked, at 1100MHz / 1200MHz. The fan system is very quiet, unless you manually bump it up to 70% or higher, which makes it relatively loud. The auto fan control has never gone this high for me, even with the card sitting at 70c.

But what I'd like to focus on is further overclocking of this card, which is very easily tweaked.

Using MSI Afterburner, I was able to get this card stable at 1175Mhz / 1450Mhz, by bumping the voltage to 1299 and putting the power limit at +20%. Testing in FurMark at 1920x1080 on the factory settings ran between 33.3 and 33.6 FPS, and capped around 60 degrees Celsius. After my overclock, it ran at 43.2 to 43.8 FPS, around a whopping 30% increase. Keep in mind that this will not always directly translate to 30% better FPS in games, but it was impressive, regardless. Overclocked temps hit about 70 Celsius, well within safety limits (I'd cut it off at 80, but it should be safe up to 85-90). I didn't even put the fan on manual control, so my card still stays silent.

Now if that overclocking stuff sounded complicated to you, trust me when I say it isn't. You simply download and install MSI Afterburner, change a simple checkbox under settings to unlock voltage tweaking, and slide a few bars. If your case is well ventilated, I would recommend trying it if you are comfortable doing so. You may not see the exact same results I did, so run FurMark or MSI Kombustor for a while to test stability and temps. If you don't like the results, try dropping the memory or core clock in increments of 25 and trying again.

So basically, what you have here is a card that gives you plenty of bang for your buck. Putting them in CrossFire will run just about anything you throw at it, hard locked at 60 FPS. Even with a single card, all but the most demanding of game settings are locked in at around 60.

So I'll leave you with a few examples of games that average 60 fps on my single overclocked 7870, all at 1920x1080:

Borderlands 2 (max settings but with NVidia PhysX technology on low [seriously demanding physics engine])
TES V: Skyrim (max settings with tons of 2-8k texture packs and lighting effects)
StarCraft 2 (max settings + AA)
(pretty much anything else in that ballpark)

Games that are close, but not quite locked at 60:

Metro 2033 (high, DX10, 30-60 FPS)
Crysis (max settings, 30-60 fps)
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2439228) out of 5 stars Price to Performance Ratio "King" | Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB Jan. 24 2013
By C.S.L - Published on
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Intro | I bought this card after about a month or so maybe longer of pure in-depth research, comparing other various video cards and their respective brands by both AMD and Nvidia in the Mid to High class range, i bought my custom brand new rig without a video card because i wanted this one in the end ultimately for very specific reasons that i'll get to later.

Im not going to go into detail about my personal specs on my PC since there is really no need and the purpose of this review is to give credit where it is due and to also help other customers and new PC gamer's building their very first gaming PC like i did.

I'll break it down to make it as simple as possible to understand and get straight to the point.

At the time i purchased this card, in december 2012 it was $259.99, after finally making my choice to go through with this after nearly a month of planning and research, it was certainly my best choice that i have made in a long time when it comes to being on a extremely tight budget which most of us middle-class average people are. Not to long after i bought the card though, it quickly went out-of-stock as you can clearly see with the recent influx of reviews, 90% of which are very positive reviews mind you, lots of happy customers and *cough* gamers *cough* here. Anyway, the price sky-rocketed to $360 after the demand was noted by which is the regular price, but slowly trickled down to the current price as of the date of this review 1/24/2013 at $249.99, $10 cheaper than what i paid which is very good for those of you still sitting on that shaky fence we all know too well.

Now for the breakdown of Pros....... these are facts from my personal experiences with this A Class Card.


1.| Powerful [Runs Guild Wars 2 on max settings @60 FPS easy, thats using the in-game option to lock it at that frame rate (if your card can even get that high) which of course this card can, and actually if set to unlimited option can reach all the way up to 70's and even low 80's, depending on the area even 90's is possible, which is just outright overpowered already.

I haven't played games like Battlefield or Call of Duty because i don't like first-person-shooter games, but if you read reciews around on this GPU you'll see that it performs extremely well considering the price.

To behonest, whatever is released "currently" and will be released within the next year or so, chances are, depending on your rigs specs you'll be able to handle most games at 60 FPS or higher on very high/ultra/maximum settings with AA turned on and all that other stuff to make things look more pretty, if anything you WILL get over 30 FPS on all games, that is for certain if it ever goes under 30 FPS you are either playing a Next Gen PC Exclusive game or something is very wrong and you should look into it.

2.| Cooling [Having Power is Great! don't get me wrong, but what good does power do you if heat becomes an issue and slowly hurts your new $200+ investment? i was originally going for the XFX Double D's Video Card, but come to find out after research it doesn't stay nearly as cool as XFX advertised, i may be relatively new to all this but i know the basics, and that is quite simply, Less Heat/Best Cooling = You'll have your video card for a much longer time, therefore protecting your investment and have less stress, we don't need more of that anyway right? :)

Let me just say this GPU has three things going for it, the turbulence x3 triple fans, a couple of really good heat absorbing pipes that eject it out somehow (sorry im still learning) and a third cooling solution, i don't remember what the third one is but it's triangle tech or something like that.

Alright you most likely want numbers if you are still reading up to this point right? well you are in for a treat, because the main reason i went with the Gigabyte 7870 over the others was for this very reason. This.Thing.Is.Frosty!

Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB

Idle(Average): 22c (Note: Night,Morning) to 30c (Note: Afternoon)
Load(Average): 45c to 55c

Example: Comparison VS my old 2010 HP Built ATI Radeon HD 5770 (Which is still a very popular video card and many people had at the time and still have to this day, chances are you most likely have or had this card at some point with the last couple of years.)

ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Idle(Average): 45c to 55c (Time of day didn't matter much to be honesy, the card simply ran a bit to warm for not doing anything.)
Load(Average): 69c to 85c (I heard most video cards should be 80c or under tops... some times the old and currently outdated 5770 would even go slightly higher than 85c, but im just typing what i do remember for sure. not good for a card to be hot like that for hours on end, at least i don't think so.)

Overall(Average): Idle = 33c maximum decrease in temperatures/Load = 30c maximum decrease in temperatures.

Conclusion? you get more horse power that can runs most games at 60 FPS or higher that runs around 50% or higher cooler overall, at least in my case, for others the change might be extremely more vast or less depending on what you are upgrading from. but the point is, chances are the change will be for the better.

3.| Warranty [One of the first things to look for thats a good and healthy practice for your wallet is to look for which brand offers the best customer service and which brand offers the longest warranty for that extra "Less Stress is Best" feeling ya know?, not much to say here and i really hope i don't have to in the future at any time, but Gigabytes Warranty is 3 Years for parts and labor, i assume that includes straight up replacement if need the push comes to shove but as i said earlier i hope i won't be one to find out...


1.| Customer Service [I have contacted GIGABYTE customer service on driver issues, i can't seem to update my driver from version 12.4 to the newest 13.1, if anyone knows anything about this i would really appreciate the help in the comments section below, tips, guidelines, dos and donts? anyway i contacted them and they were quick to respond, not exactly helpful as they offered basic info i already knew and tried and still didn't work and i am still waiting to here back from them.

I can't really judge here yet as my interaction has been very limited with them on this strange non-update-able driver issue, but will update this later on.


None as of 1/24/2013, and im very thankful for it.

*Other Thoughts

Word of Caution buyers... Three things to think about before buying.

#1. This video card is HUGE, i don't know much about ATX cases and all that stuff, but please make sure you have a mid-sized tower ATX case that can fit up to an 11" card, and in general have a lot of room, with great power and great cooling comes great size to match. i was actually shocked at how much bigger it was compared to the 5770.

#2. Power Supply, make sure you have at least 500W power supply MINIMUM on your rig, since this thing is packing some horse power it needs the extra juice so ya need to give it it. 500W is enough as long as you have enough rails to transfer over that energy over to everything in your rig, but a 600W or 700W would be better if you can afford it now or later since if anything you will be future proofing your rig for an even more potent video card later.

#3. I heard that "some" cards from the AMD HD 7K series with ALL brands (XFX, Sapphire, MSI, HIS, Powercolor or any other brand you can think of) have a unknown percentage chance (that or completely random chance) to fail within the first month or so of use for various reasons... honestly though most of these complaints came from and their review list.

It's apparently rare though since even at the reviews for AMD HD 7k cards are still like 95% 5 out of 5 to 5% 1 out of 5 overall and the reviews here on is overall far more positive than negative from verified customers. this is just a friendly warning, take it as a grain of salt since in general stuff happens, nothing is made perfect and we shouldn't expect perfection from anything, but that doesn't mean "Greatness" shouldn't be expected. ;)


Overall i am very happy with my first purchase of a computer component that wasn't already built-in-to a PC, it was also my first time ever installing a graphics card which would have cost $90 to have our local so called "Computer Store" to do it for me so savings from rip-off company avoided as a bonus on top of learning how PC hardware ticks myself! and if you are aiming for a mid-ranged graphics card, this card from Gigabyte is the King of the Price to Performance Ratio. In my opinion of course.

Note: I don't post product reviews often because when i do it'll be in-depth to help others hopefully benefit in making the right choice for them, as such i will be updating this review every now and then. Also again, if anyone has any advice on the whole driver not updating to the latest 13.1 version please post a comment i would really appreciate it, thanks in advance! :)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2439654) out of 5 stars FAST..........and that is what I was after March 21 2013
By T. Nunley - Published on
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Folks this is a full size card.
If you have a small computer case, you better check to see if it will fit.
I held on to my old HD5750 for years because it was a good card for most gaming.
It only started to become a "slow" card when I upgraded to 1080p gaming with stereo 3D.
This card was just too slow. I needed something roughly twice as fast.
The HD7870 is ideal. Price point at about $250 it is not CHEAP; but it really cranks out the performance without having to spend $300+ on a higher end card. I don't plan to game beyond single monitor 1080p gaming so this was the ideal card.
I can max settings on all games and have 30+fps frame rates.
This is a "preformance" card in a sense; it has vapor chamber cooling and 3 fans. When pushed the fans are a bit loud. But my system is a overclocked AMD FX and the fans on it are loud anyway. So when people complain "the fans are loud" that is kind of like saying "the exhaust is loud on my Corvette when I put my foot to the floor". Well DUHHHH.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb243966c) out of 5 stars 3 quiet fans Sept. 20 2012
By Warren L. Puckett - Published on
Never could get the bundled software to work right. No problem, catalyst 12.6 works fine. I am using a AMD 890fx system. replaced a gtx 460 which was good, this is betterer and cooler. could not play some games until I discovered physix system driver for non nvidia gpus. Tried it my old 790GX system, surprise, it worked very good. When I am not running anything that requires cpu time I get a constant 60 frames. Maxes all settings on most games @1080p(1920x1080). It will overclock easily 10-12% but it not needed. Good card for single monitor gaming. 3 months without a problem.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb344e798) out of 5 stars Great Card March 15 2013
By Joleme - Published on
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I've only had the card installed for a day now but so far I am really liking it. A few things to note.

I am not fond of overclocking, I don't usually have great luck with it. I have tried to OC this card a couple times, but it has locked up on me after even upping it a little bit, I could be neglecting voltage/power or something, but I don't really care, the card runs extremely well straight out of the box, no OC is really needed.

I keep my home at about 65-67 degree in the winter, I do have fake wood flooring, so it is a little colder on the foor where the PC is. My old card a radeon hd 4890 ran 55 degrees celsius just sitting and browsing and around 80c or so while under full load.
the 7870 sits idle at 21c and while playing the new tomb raider at full graphics it sits around 44c, over 10 degrees cooler at full load than my old card idle! Thats quite amazing. --- as a side note... opened the window for a few minutes to let some fresh air in from outside and the card actually hit 15c.... mind boggling considering its not liquid cooled.

I've yet to actually hear the card step up the fans, even under load, the 3 fan triangle heatsink design really seems to be doing an excellent job.

I contacted customer service before buying to make sure it qualified for the amd reloaded special, and they assured me it did. One day later I had my code for Tomb Raider, and it says I will be receiving my code for Bioshock Infinite when it is released. Very happy with the responsiveness of Amazon's CS dept.

Like other reviews have said, this card is pretty big. While only about an inch longer than my last card, the power connectors are on the side of the card, towards the side of the case, not on the rear where your hard drives would be so it isn't too bad, but you may want to measure your case before you buy this thing.

The only "con" I'd list about the card is that two of the video out ports are mini display ports.... I've yet to even own or see a monitor that used those ports... but at least it still has a dvi and hdmi, so its okay. I won't dock for it, because you can get adapters and it doesn't affect the card's performance at all. If you have need of mini display ports i guess the card would be even better for you. it does come with a few molex to 6 pin power connectors, a crossfire connector, and one mini display port to display port adapter.

For the price I paid.... $249.... minus the cost of Tomb Raider (49.99) and Bioshock Infinite (59.99)... lets just round up the pennies... 249 - 110 = $139 for an awesome card since I was going to purchase those 2 games anyway, you just can't beat that.

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