Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC Graphics Card Video Review
29 September 2013
Excerpt: With the 7950 official launch day being yesterday, we made sure to have a look at at least one card for launch to get the juices flowing, and now we can sit back and figure out how we can show different angles of this new GPU with its new technology.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC 3GB Graphics Card Review
29 September 2013
Conclusion: With the 7950′s starting to come in and now that we can start to build up a table of data for direct comparison, the consistent performance gains are coming more and more clear and the consistent slight shortfall behind the 7970 is becoming more apparent as well.
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.
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
Excerpt: It really feels like AMD are a little lost at the moment and don't know how to handle what NVIDIA are throwing at them. Normally you'd see a company take one of two approaches when it comes to combating a competitor. The first is you'd go and drop the price on your current video cards to bring them in at a stronger price point against the competition.
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. Sweetening the deal that little bit more, AMD's providing more performance by way of a user-upgradeable vBIOS that increases the core clock from 800MHz to 850MHz, jumping up to 925MHz under the auspices of PowerTune with Boost.
Summary: The Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 FleX is a surprisingly fast video card, holding its own against another very good video card we are testing from the nVidia camp. The overclocked Core speed of 860MHz along with the 3072 MB 5000 MHz (effective) GDDR5 Memory makes this HD 7950 fast enough to handle any game currently available, as well as future ones. All the while allowing the user to take full advantage of multiple screen gaming.
Excerpt: The Flex Edition series from Sapphire has been around for a while now and we've seen a few models for fall under the series. The big feature that the Flex Edition video cards bring is the ability to have three DVI monitors running in Eyefinity mode. Normally you're restricted to two at most with the third being a DisplayPort based display.