Club3D HD 7870 XT jokerCard review

High-end performance for a mid-range price tag. Gotta love this joker

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  • Very competitve speeds
  • Great price
  • Good overclocking ability


  • Cooling array not quite as good as Sapphire HD 7870 XT

Last month saw me going a little giddy over Sapphire's take on AMD's new, slightly cut down Tahiti LE GPU. It was an incredibly pacey card, for just under £200, and offered the sort of performance that you'd struggle to hit with a £300 card.

And now I've got the jokerCard version of this great card from Club3D. Somehow you can pick up the Club3D version for an insanely low £172. The distributors are selling the cards into retail for only a little less than that, so anyone dishing them out at that price is barely making anything on them.

To be honest though, I couldn't care less about their profit. What I do care about is the fact that you can now pick up a graphics card that will give you next-generation graphical fidelity right now for an incredible price.

Not only is this card capable of throwing around polygons at a rate of knots at the standard HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, it's more than happy doing the same at the rarefied heights of 2,560 x 1,600 monitors. And that's without dropping image quality or post-processing effects such as anti-aliasing from the menu either.

No laughing matter

No sacrifices have been made with the Club3D jokerCard compared with the original Sapphire HD 7870 XT. For the record, that means it's got the same Tahiti LE GPU, replete with 1,536 shader cores and 4.3 billion transistors at its heart. The only thing that's changed is the third-party cooling array that adorns the Club3D jokerCard.

It's got a single mid-PCB mounted fan, but with some rather fat copper heatpipes running through the large heatsink. While the Sapphire card had its familiar dual-fan setup, this Club3D card still let me hit the same 1,200MHz overclocking mark even with the single-fan array. It was running rather hot though, so I'm not convinced that it would be able to run at that speed all day, whereas the Sapphire card was completely stable at that pace.

Whatever the vagaries of GPU overclocking afford you, and whether you even bother to start cooking your clocks at all, the HD 7870 XT is a marvellous graphics card, and the Club3D jokerCard is a great version of it.

The pricier Sapphire card may have the edge on top-end cooling, but unless you're seriously going to be ragging your GPU on the highest overclock you can muster from it, the Club3D cooling array is going to be more than capable.


DirectX 11 tessellation performance
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SAPPHIRE HD 7870 XT: 28.6
ASUS GTX 670: 32.6

DirectX 11 gaming performance
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ASUS GTX 670: 56

DirectX 11 gaming performance
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ASUS GTX 670: 28

It's almost unbelievable that you can now pick up a graphics card that's almost half the price of an overclocked GTX 670, but which will post incredibly competitive benchmark numbers against it. You may struggle to find the Club3D card for this price - it's surely going to be in high demand - but we found it at this price from Amazon direct, and it ought to keep a decent stock level. Especially if they keep selling.

Right now, the HD 7870 XT is the bargain card of this gen, and the jokerCard is a perfect example. With such a stunning combination of performance and value you can't go wrong. Unless you're a sucker for PhysX, I guess…


Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelHD 7870
Chipset LineRadeon
Chipset SeriesHD 7000
Maximum Resolution4096 x 3112
Brand NameClub 3D
Standard Memory2 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologyCrossFireX
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs2
Number of DVI Outputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height107 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length211 mm
ManufacturerClub 3D
Memory Speed4800 MHz
Product NameRadeon HD 7870 jokerCard
Product LinePoker
Manufacturer Part NumberCGAX-7876DS
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Club 3D proudly presents the Club 3D Radeon™ HD 7870 jokerCard graphics card. With PokerSeries Club 3D offers a new level of special gamecards that delivers the best performance, newest features and best coolers. The jokerCard present our highest demands.

Get ready for the future with 28nm GPU technology, Graphics Core Next Architecture, AMD App Acceleration and support for Ultra HD 4096p resolutions and PCI Express 3.0.

Package Contents
  • Radeon HD 7870 jokerCard
  • CrossFireX Bridge (CAC-CB) Interconnect Cable
  • DiRT Showdown Full Game (Voucher)
  • E-Manual CD
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Doorknob Hanger
Thickness36 mm
API SupportedDirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2