|Screen Resolution||2560 x 1600|
|Memory Speed||5500 MHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Radeon HD 7970|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||3 GB|
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 21197-00-40G
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- PCI-Express Gen3
- 384-bit GDDR5 Memory
- 6pin + 8pin Board Power Connectors
- DirectX 11.1
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Another point that ALMOST made me sit on my hands for a while and wait was going from top of the line custom cards (msi lightnings)to launch day OEM cards. I've only purchased cards with after market coolers for the past 3 generations but I just couldn't wait to try out the 7970. I'm happy to say that while gaming, I don't notice a difference in fan noise. If anything, it runs cooler than my previous setup (obviously crossfire had a lot to do with it) and it may be actually quieter. While the Lightnings had an excellent HSF along with all sorts of other custom parts, the 7970's 28nm process just really nullifies the need for a monster HSF setup.
Plenty of great reviews out there on the interwebz, go read those. Just wanted to 5 star this because of the fool with the 3 star review spreading FUD.
Size - The cards are basically the same size as the 6970s, which is to say big. If you have a small case look elsewhere -- if you have a midsized case I recommend you make sure these will actually fit before you make a purchase.
Performance - One thing to note first is that the drivers that ship with this are basically beta drivers and AMD has so far only released one update. With that siad the performance is very good. In older games there isn't much of a gain over the 6970s as they both play anything older perfectly. As for new games once again the 6970 in Crossfire could basically run almost anything at 60fps or better on a 30" screen -- however for those games that didn't want to run smoothly the 7970 in Crossfire takes care of that. In Crysis 2 with the Ultra high-resolution pack installed with everything turned on and all the way up I can get a solid 60FPS with the new setup, on the older 6970 Crossfire I got about 20FPS, so that's a huge jump. I think it's safe to say that the 7970 can handle DX11 games extremely well which should give you some future proofing, or at least as much as you can expect in the field of high end video cards.
Heat - I read some people saying these cards run hot. This might be the case if you're coming over from the peasant class cards of the mainstream, but for the highest of high end cards these actually run quite cool -- and they're much quieter in games than any other high-end card I've ever had (GTX8800, GTX295, AMD 6790, etc). Even in Crossfire I'm amazed at how much more tame the sound is coming from them.Read more ›
Best ever, pricey but you pay for performance I am very happy with my purchase.I had before sapphire 6990 and while performance was better it was little too much heat and noise from that card so I sold it and got one 6970 from his and it was very good but I missed my 6990 performance...not anymore!!!!!Get it you will not regreat your decision.
My system specs ...
2 X Corsair Vengeance 12 GB ( 3 x 4 GB ) = 24GB
2 X Sapphire Radeon HD 7970
1 X OCZ Technology 240 GB Agility 3 SSD- 3G SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive
1 X Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA III
1 X Intel Core i7-980 Processor 3.3 Ghz LGA-1366 (BX80613I7980) Intel Core i7-980 Processor 3.3 Ghz LGA-1366
1 X Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CWCH100) Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Coole
1 X EVGA Intel X58 and ICH10R Chipset EATX DDR3 800 LGA 1366 Motherboards 141-GT-E770-A1 EVGA Intel X58 and ICH10R Chipset EATX DDR3 800 LGA 1366 Motherboards 141-GT-E770-A1
1 X Cooler Master Cosmos II Full Tower Case
1 X ENERMAX MAXREVO Series EMR1350EWT 1350W ATX12V
4 X COUGAR CF-V12H Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan
Put it in last night and everything is going great. Framerates doubled or more, and that is with all graphic settings maxed out, which they weren't before. Awesome card and well worth the price of the upgrade.
Glad Sapphire put some Mini-DP to DVI adapters as those were the monitor cables I had for the outboard monitors, though the change in DP cable threw me a little bit. The nice thing about this over the 5870 was that it didn't matter which monitor was on which port. Before the middle monitor needed to be on the DP port.
Very happy with the upgrade.
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This card matched EXACTLY to the one that I had previously. I'm outlandishly happy with the performance upgrade. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by James C Ryder
I got the card within the first month of release. The drivers were crap. Since then the drivers have gotten better and this is a very powerful card. Upgraded from a HD 6970.Published on October 19, 2012 by T. Etzel
Most likely the best graphics card money can buy. Theyre quiet, fast, and I can run wow on ultra and get 150 fps and upPublished on April 19, 2012 by Dsdylan
Good performance is able to play in DX11 @ 5760x1080 metro2033 but had problems,The speedfan control doesn't work only stay in one speed, I try to change with Amd overdrive,... Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by Hugo
Ok, I come from a Gforce Gtx260 and with this card every game runs maxed out at 60fps or more at 1920x1200 in my 24" inch, my temps are fine 39-42 degrees idle and 75 degrees max... Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by Eugenio Rinaldo
This video card is awesome. Runs everything max'd out, and super cool (sub 70C) the entire time. I actually can play two games at once with both hitting V-Sync caps, which is... Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Gbupp