Looking at the card, the overall design isn't anything out of the ordinary and we've seen similar designs out of Sapphire in the past. We've of course got that main fan on the right and the shroud that covers the entire card. What people will like about the design is that like the reference version, we see that the air is pushed out the back of the system instead of it being kept inside.
Moving around the card, we can see our power connectors at the back of the card which is a little up on the normal reference dual 6-Pin setup. Instead you can see that Sapphire has opted for a single 8-Pin and single 6-Pin. We see most companies move to this kind of configuration when they start to offer us higher end versions of these cards.
Closer to the front of the card you can see our two CrossFire connectors, but more importantly, next to that you can see our Dual BIOS switch that is a lot easier to access when compared to the location of it on the Dirt 3 Edition HD 6950.
Looking at the I/O side of things, the first thing that stands out for me is actually the massive amount of copper that's sitting behind the I/O bracket. You can also see that Sapphire has opened it up a little more to let more air escape. Apart from these changes, the setup of connectivity isn't anything unusual with a Dual-Link and Single-Link DVI port present, HDMI and two mini-DP connectors.
Being part of the TOXIC family means the card of course comes out of the box overclocked and looking below, you can see that Sapphire has done a pretty good job with these clocks.
You can see our core has been lifted from 800MHz to 880MHz, while our 2GB of GDDR5 memory goes from 5000MHz QDR too 5200MHz QDR.
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