Conclusion: How to sum up this card? Overall it performed admirably in all tests and did so with surprisingly low noise. The Vapor-X cooling solution held true to its roots and kept the card both cooler and quieter than most other cooling solutions even when pushing the card to its maximum capabilities.
Pros: Awesome cooler (temperature and noise), Good performance even in Eyefinity, Effortless stock overclock
Cons: Failed Batman: Arkham City tests (likely an issue with only the review card), Cooler is too large to run more than two on a standard motherboard, Custom PCB requires custom water blocks for Tri/Quad CrossfireX, Price
Conclusion: Recent price cuts, free games, and driver-related improvements have brought AMD's Radeon HD 7950 back into serious contention for users looking for the best £250 graphics card on the market.
Summary: My feelings are a little bit mixed with what's going on here today with the HD 7950 and its new "Boost" function. The problem is clearly caused by AMD, though, who continue to offer the original HD 7970.
Conclusion: We tend to look at Sapphire cards more than any other brand on both the AMD and Nvidia front, and it’s great to see them keeping up with the market and doing something unique in the process, and that’s exactly what we have here with the 7950 OC Dual-X fleX.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB DDR5 Flex Edition Video Card Review
Hi Tech Legion
11 June 2012
Summary: Synthetics -
Synthetic benchmarks showed very good scores. For 3DMark 11, the GPU score was 2452 with the 7950 Flex Edition. This is actually over 100 points from the previous OC edition I reviewed. Unigine had a FPS pf 43.5 and Tessmark gave a score of 4059.
Cons: Dual-X Cooler, Stock Core Overclock, Flex Technology, Low Noise, Low Power, Better Further Overclocks, Eyefinity At Max Settings On Most Games
Excerpt: AMD’s reference HD 7950 board sets its core clock at 800MHz and memory at 1,250MHz, using the default cooling system. Sapphire takes this reference board, adds dual 12cm fans, and juices the core clock to 900MHz. The memory clock remains at 1,250MHz—but that’s 3GB of 1,250MHz GDDR5.
Pros: Excellent performance for this price range; very power efficient; 900MHz core clock
Cons: Just a bit noisier than the 7970 (but much quieter than GTX 580s); slightly lower memory clock than the XFX model
Summary: As far as the Sapphire HD 7950 goes there's nothing here that is going to blow your mind. This is just another HD 7950 that comes in at that $459 price point, and while a little boring compared to some of the other HD 7950s we've looked including the original Sapphire offering, this is still a...