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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 )

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  • 1000/1050(Boost) MHz Core Clock
  • 6000 MHz Effective Memory Clock
  • 1 x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1 x Single-Link DVI-D
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x Display Port
  • Display Port 1.2
  • OpenGL 4.2
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SAPPHIRE HD 7970 3GB Vapor-X Edition has the latest GDDR5 memory clocked at 6000MHz effective, and runs with a core clock speed of 1000 MHz which with Power Tune Dynamic Boost rises to 1050 MHz on the engine. It has a slightly less sophisticated 8-phase power design and the versatile output configuration of Dual-link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and Display Port. The Vapor-X cooler is based on a new vapor chamber designed especially for this series. Heat is carried away by four heat pipes (2 x 8mm plus 2 x 6mm), and finally dispersed by two 90mm fan with aerofoil blades and dust repelling bearings. The Vapor-X cooler easily handles the heat generated from the HD 7970 GHz Editions even under extreme load conditions.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Max Screen Resolution 2560 x 1600
Memory Speed 1500 MHz
Graphics Coprocessor Radeon HD 7970
Chipset Brand AMD
Graphics Card Ram Size 3 GB
Brand Name Sapphire Technology
Item model number 11197-12-40G
Item Weight 4.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.8 x 4 x 9.8 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 14.75 x 4 x 9.75 inches
Processor Count 1

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ASIN B008PQAE98
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4.3 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,288 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Graphics Cards
Shipping Weight 3.6 pounds
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Date First Available July 26, 2012

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I've been running this card for about a week now. I'm very happy.

Pro's
This card runs BF3 and MOH W, on 1920x1080, with max settings, averaging over 100 FPS. It was easy to Over Clock with AMD Overdrive Tools in the Catalyst software. Mine runs 1200MHz on the GPU clock and 1600 on the Memory Clock with no issues, and 64°C is the max temp I have seen.

Con's
The fans get loud at about 70%, but I only hit that speed by using the manual override option. I had to uninstall the driver and disable the device for the onboard Intel HD Graphics on my 3770K, in the device manager, before the AMD Catalyst software would install successfully.

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16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600, RAM
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3DMARK11 - 9705
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I wanted an awesome gaming pc that could run any game on the market now and for the foreseeable future. The most important part of a gaming rig being the GPU, I wanted to get something I knew would live up to my expectations and I eventually settled on this Sapphire 7970 Ghz and I Could not be happier. I installed this card last night in my first ever PC build and after playing extended hours on Company of Heroes 2 can firmly say that it has worked as it should from the minute I booted my system. I cranked up all the settings as high as they would go on Company of Heroes and while it may not be the most graphically advanced game on the market, it is the newest big league game and it is a great looking game that renders a RIDICULOUS amount of detail on the screen at any given moment. The 7970 has not gotten hot and has played all manner of media and will be running Crysis 3 soon....IF Amazon will e-mail me the code for the game(s) I should be receiving as part of the Never Settle Reloaded bundle. I thought like most that it came in the box in card form, as that is what Sapphire has advertised on their website, but apparently you have to wait for Amazon to E-mail you the codes(7-10 days). That being said, I got this card for $369 and now I see that the only one from Amazon is at $499 -I feel like I just got the steal of the century!...but for $329 you can still get the Sapphire 7970 OC ed, which is only 50 MHz less on the clock speed than the Ghz. The Ghz editions do however feature "premium chips", as described by the manufacturer - so kind of a pick of the litter of the 7970's that each individual company sells. All I know is, premium chips sound tasty and this GPU is a steal if they have it back at $369. I feel future proofed for under $400 on a GPU, that's a good feeling and so far this card kicks posterior.
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This card is purely awesome!
Doesn't even break a sweat with the games I throw at it.
Runs super cool and very quiet compared to other 7970's that I worked with.
Better bigger beefier heat sinks, ram cooling, and better quieter fans in this one.
It gets noticeably loud under full load but since its super cool a small compromise had to be made although not a big one at all.
Overall I'm very happy with it so far. It's very impressive. The free games that came with it were an awesome addition but every game is on some different gaming platform not all in one place, one on steam, one on origin, one on uplay. Kinda cheesy if you ask me..wish I could have all games in one place...

Get this card if you want ultimate gaming performance and super cool temps.
The mail in rebate came fairly quickly!!! Very happy!!! :) A+ Experience!!!
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Let me fill you in on my expertise and experience with gaming and computer building--> I've done a loooot.
I have built simple rigs from around $500 for my friends to $5,000-$8,000 for myself and much wealthier friends, so I've come across my fair share of cards, boards, power supplies, etc... which landed me across this beast of a card. Now you can see from the picture it is big,
takes up dual slots and takes two 8-pin power connectors as well(so plan accordingly PSU wise). Now overclocking can be done by software automatically as mentioned by others, but who doesn't love just moving a slider a billion times till it crashes and you find that sweet spot? So to the main subject, the Vapor-x.

I'll sum it up to these points:

>Fans don't make much noise unless you're really pushing it and aren't wearing headphones...stays around 55-60C with ~40-45 fan speed.

>DVI and HDMI both are great, hard to tell difference...all personally opinionated at that point.

>Need some room both width wise(dual slot) and length wise(~11 inches long) so plan accordingly.

>Get ^this and you won't be sad...but rather mighty glad and want to share with all.

>Don't waste money on anything "Titan," cause if my friends won't buy it (CEO kids) then clearly it's not a money for value kinda deal.

>Overclock it to the max and play a game like you are actually in it for real with crisp colors and high FPS.

>AMD is a superior force to be caged up and thrown into a computer to be unleashed in the virtual reality world with you guiding it every click
of the way.

P.S. Just cause something says it will be more FPS for more money, it's all a lie...
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