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Did you buy shares in Apple in the 90s, which you've been holding onto? Did you manage to patent the spork, or invent a social media node that allows people to present their aspirational lifestyles in 140 characters or less? We presume you've ticked off at least one of those, because this is the sharp end of the consumer GPU market, where prices are steep enough to make grown men weep. Sapphire's version of the HD 7970 aims to push AMD's Graphics Core Next hardware to its very limits by boosting the core and memory clocks, and managing the excess heat with its top-of-the-line air cooling. It's not unreasonably pricier than the vanilla model, but does this Sapphire monster push the HD 7970 GHz Edition hard enough? Like EVGA's Signature 2, its close competitor using Nvidia tech, the Vapor-X makes good on AMD's advancements in efficiency. The card powers itself up and down according to its workload, so boosting its clock values at full strain doesn't keep the fan whirring away or give you any heat-management nightmares. Under load, the core clock boosts up by 200MHz, and when it's not in use, the factory values kick back in.
The HD 7970 has proven to be a capable video card that can deliver excellent frame rates at high end settings. Just a couple moths ago AMD and its partners upped the ante with the introduction of the GHz edition cards that featured increased clock speeds along with a special "Boost" clock speed that offered a further increase. The first "GHz" Edition card I looked at from Sapphire was the Toxic Edition that delivered a massive boost clock of 1200MHz on the 28nm core and 1600MHz on the memory at the push of a button. The Sapphire HD 7970 6GB Toxic with its 6GB of onboard memory and clock speed overhead delivered excellent gaming results. Included as part of the package was Sapphire's excellent Vapor-X cooling solution first seen on the HD 3870 Atomic version seen here on OCC back in 2008. Since that time Sapphire has used the cooling solution as a point of difference allowing its signature video cards to deliver excellent thermals and increased overclocking margins. The Toxic Edition is a custom card that carries a steeper price tag than the reference cards but has the unique feature set, looks, and performance to command that price tag.
|Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHz OC 3GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card (11197-12-40G )||$459.99||See it|
|Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHz OC 3GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card (11197-12-40G )||$489.9||See it|
|Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHZ OC 6GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I / SL-DVI-D / HDMI / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics 11197-05-40G||$549.99||See it|
|Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHZ OC 6GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I / SL-DVI-D / HDMI / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics 11197-05-40G||$664.07||See it|