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Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost 3GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11197-03-40G

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  • 1 x Dual-Link DVI-I
  • 1 x Single-Link DVI-D
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 950/1000(Boost) MHz Core Clock
  • 5700 MHz Effective Memory Clock
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 4.7 x 1.6 inches ; 3.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009B6Y01Y
  • Item model number: 11197-03-40G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 13, 2012

Product Description

The SAPPHIRE HD 7970 3GB OC with Boost Edition shares the features of the recently announced AMD PowerTune technology with Boost which is a intelligent TDP management technology with dynamic clockspeed / voltage / performance enhancement for games and applications. On its standard settings, the SAPPHIRE HD 7970 3GB OC with Boost Edition runs at 950 MHz and with PowerTune Dynamic Boost rises to 1000 MHz on the engine with the memory clock at 5800 MHz effective. In addition, users will be able to individually tune the card with SAPPHIRE TriXX, the company’s free to download software tool that allows key parameters to be adjusted for maximum performance.

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Customer Reviews

Good card, worked right away, very fast.
Jay
Upgraded to this card from my old EVGA GTX 480 and wow has it made a difference!
Dat Guy
Sapphire approved my rebate very quickly (within a week).
Constantine Zachariadis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dat Guy on June 26, 2013
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Upgraded to this card from my old EVGA GTX 480 and wow has it made a difference! The 480 typically ran at ~80-85 C under load and had a fan that was louder than a vacuum cleaner. I could hardly play video games during the summer because my computer was heating my room up to boiling point. The 7970 runs in the high 60's to low 70's under load and even with the fan at full blast it makes about a quarter of the noise that my 480 did. It has had no problem wrecking every game I throw at it in 1920x1200 on full settings (BF3, Hitman: Absolution, Crysis, etc).

It's also an excellent card for mining crypto currencies, easily pulling 700 MH/s for BTC and 680 kH/s for LTC. I have had it mining almost non-stop since it arrived about 20 days ago, and it's had no issues at all. Peak temps of ~76 C mining, but fan control quickly drops it back down to a steady ~71 C. This card has lots of OC potential as well, mild overclocking hardly has any effect on the temps.

Seems like if it were going to fail it would have by this point after 20 solid days of 100% usage but it's showing no sign of stopping any time soon.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Freecableguy on January 21, 2013
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I bought this card to replace my XFX Radeon HD6970 bought in early 2011. The new Sapphire HD7970 OC with Boost is not only faster but cooler (an average 10-15°C less at load) and quieter than the old card. Its Dual BIOS lets the user choose between the standard 950MHz and a higher performance 1GHz preset.

This card is an average 40-50% faster than a HD6970 in DX9c/DX10 titles. In DX11 the gap gets even larger. These are some results on my current PC (i7 920 @ 3.8GHz, 6Gb RAM, Catalyst 12.11):

(HD7970 vs HD6970 results)

Crysis Very High AA8x DX10 1680x1050:
62,75 vs 43,15 FPS

Crysis Very High AA8x DX10 2560x1600:
32,75 vs 21,03 FPS

3DMark Vantage GPU score - Peformance:
32528 vs 22112 pts

3DMark 11 GPU score - Peformance:
9420 vs 5581 pts

Heaven Benchmark 3.0 - Tessellation Extreme AA8x 1680X1050:
1202 vs 725 pts

Overclock: I maxed at 1175/1500, a ~20% overclock. The card comes with stock voltage 1.256V so I didnt have to change the voltages in order to achieve this clocks. Yes, voltage control is possible using the latest version of Trixx (4.4.0b).

Extra: It comes bundled with a 1.8m HDMI 1.4a which was very useful. AMD is bundling free copies of Hitman: Absolution, Far Cry 3 and Sleeping Dogs and 20% discount on Medal of Honor: Warfighter if you buy a HD7900 Series card. Amazon sent me the download codes right after my purchase.

Obs: My card came with dual 8-pin power connectors, which is weird considering the specs listed at Sapphire's website mention 6+8 pin connectors.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jay on December 7, 2012
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Good card, worked right away, very fast. No issues. However.... this card is now shipping voltage locked, so if you plan on overclocking with voltage, look elsewhere. Most I could get on my board stable was Core: 1050 / Mem: 1450.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy M. on January 2, 2013
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I wasn't expecting a huge jump in performance moving from an unlocked 2gb 6950 to this Sapphire Dual-X 7970, but I can honestly say that I was blown away. Amazon's price at the time I bought it was unbeatable, and lower than even the reference 7970's. Card stays very cool, VRM temps are about 15c above core temps in Furmark extreme burn in. Plenty of overclocking Headroom without needing voltage adjustments. 2 8-pin PCI-E adapters for though's that aren't equipped. Note that if you don't have the proper connections you may want to consider a new psu with a proper 12v rail if you plan on overclocking.

Core idle: 31c load: 62c VRM idle: 35c Load: 77c in Furmark '1080 Benchmark'. At 1100/1600 1.175v

Went back and forth between the 680 and this, and I am not disappointed in the least.

edit: Requires Trixx 4.4.0b-MOD to adjust voltage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By meltorment on April 24, 2013
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coupled with amd's never settle bundle including full versions of the games crysis 3 and bioshock infinite, along with a 20.00 rebate from sapphire, this was an offer that doesnt come along very often.

at this pricepoint, i was on the fence between an hd 7970 or geforce 670. i have been a long supporter of amd's products, so the decision was that much simpler.

my intention was to run a current day fps game (i.e.: crysis 3) at high/very high visual settings without any issues. although i overclocked the card only slightly (1120MHz clock, stock ram freq.), this unfortunately did not come without heat and stability issues. 3dmark 11 humbled my system, and wouldnt even complete some of the tests. i suspected that my triple monitor eyefinity setup could be the cause, and also due partly to the specs on the rest of my system (phenom ii x6 1090t, 8gb pc3 14900).

readers please note that this card is not based on the hd7970 reference design, so if you plan on liquid cooling the card, you will need to take this into consideration (i.e.: ekwb full cover waterblock does not fit). also, i needed to cough up extra cash for an active displayport adapter powered via usb. ive read others have had success with the non-usb powered active adapters for triple monitor configurations, so i suppose its a luck of the draw.

overall, im satisfied. i was looking for a single card solution, as i've been hearing the current catalyst drivers have latency issues with crossfire setups. im what i would describe as a "casual" gamer, so this purchase didnt impact the wallet too much while still providing an improvement in performance in regards to current day standards.
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