Conclusion: In terms of design elsewhere on the card we still get the same reference features such as five display outputs and support for DirectX 11.1, Shader Model 5, GPU Computing and PCIe 3.0 but we do note that AMDs stereoscopic 3D solution is still lacking for games (movies are fine) and of course NVIDIA cards do offer PhysX which enhances IQ in games such as Arkham City.
Conclusion: When you get down to it in the end what we all want from a new release is to see it out perform not only the prior generation parts it replaces but the competitors best part in its class. The Sapphire HD 7970 does that in spades as the saying goes. It delivers performance well above that of the Northern Islands Cayman based HD 6970 as well as Nvidia's GTX 580 in just about every game tested (HAWX 2 not withstanding).
Pros: Fastest Single GPU card out, Great overclocking, High performance, Eyefinity gaming, New Architecture, Zero Core power, Noise improvement
Excerpt: We're slowly working our way through our HD 7970s which we have on hand. We started off by checking out the reference card from AMD to find out the kind of performance was on offer from the new AMD model. We then checked out the first card that stepped away from the reference cooler; the XFX HD 7970 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation .
Conclusion: It might seem like a small thing but the packaging and bundle supplied with each of the new Radeon 7970's can make a difference in which reference card we recommend and overall Sapphire score quite well in this regard. We get all of the required cables and connectors in a stylish box and the added bonus of Sapphire Select Club which gives us access to software, competitions and the like.
Excerpt: Very few manufacturers can compete with Sapphire when it comes to creating a flagship video card. Over the last year they have consistently released some of the finest graphics cards to market. Today we are looking at their latest high end HD7970 Overclock Edition which is supplied with twin bios overclock configurations and proprietary twin fan cooling solution.
Sapphire Pure Black X79N Motherboard and HD7970 GPU Review
9 January 2012
Excerpt: Today we are taking a look at the latest ‘Pure Black’ X79N motherboard from Sapphire, based around Intel’s enthusiast X79 platform (LGA2011). We have reviewed many Sapphire motherboards in the past and have admired their build quality and overall level of performance, even if their bios configurations have been lagging a little behind industry leaders such as ASUS. We are pairing this motherboard up with Sapphire’s high end AMD HD7970.
Conclusion: Mit der Radeon HD 7970 hat AMD ein würdiges Spitzen-Modell auf dem Markt gebracht. Dabei strotzt die Karte nur so von Leistung bei sehr gutem Stromverbrauchswerten, dank des neuen 28nm Fertigungsverfahren. Dabei gelang es der Sapphire Karte stehts sehr gute FPS Werte darzustellen, so dass selbst in hohen Auflösungen nie unter 40FPS im Schnitt dargestellt wurden. Auch bei dem Kühler hat AMD sehr gute Arbeit geleistet.
Summary: El desempeño general de la Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 es notable convirtiéndola en la placa de video Single GPU mas poderosa del momento y con las ultimas tecnologías incorporadas como el proceso de fabricación a 28nm que es lo que hace posible un consumo moderado y bajas temperaturas de operación, soporte para DirectX 11.1 para los juegos mas exigentes y las nuevas tecnologías incorporadas por AMD como lo son Eyefinity 2.0 y DDM audio en lo que se refiere al uso múltiple...