One of the biggest concerns for Sapphire I had testing the HD 7970 GHz Edition Vapor-X 3GB wasn't how good it would look and work, but more that it would make the more expensive TOXIC 6GB version look bad if it was able to achieve an overclock that lined up with the more expensive TOXIC version.
Today, though, you can see what we're able to get out of the Vapor-X 3GB is performance that matches the TOXIC 6GB video card when it's pulled out of the box. The good news is that if you want even more performance, the TOXIC is able to take us to another level again with an even stronger core and memory clock being available.
Sapphire as always has put together a really nice video card that ticks all the right boxes. Out of the box you're going to get some strong performance with the default GHz Edition clocks and with a simple push of a button, you can bump that core by a further 50MHz.
The bundle in typical Sapphire fashion is strong and there's no reason you should find yourself disappointed with what's going on in that department. Of course we don't need any Mini-DP to DP connector due to the fact we've got a full size DisplayPort connector on the card itself, so that's not a concern.
One of the brightest parts of the video card, though, in typical fashion, is the Vapor-X cooler, which does a fantastic job. You can see it not only helps us achieve an excellent overclock, but manages to keep the core running at a reasonable heat level, while noise levels also stay extremely attractive.
At $469.99 we're not talking about a cheap video card here, but we are talking about a good quality one. You can see AMD continue to do extremely well when it comes to high resolution benchmarking and if that's what you're going to be gaming at, then this is a video card you should be looking at over the GTX 680.
If this is the kind of money you want to spend it is safe to say you're not going to be disappointed with what AMD and Sapphire is offering here. If you're after some serious power under the $500 mark, then this is a video card you need to be keeping an eye on.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Card and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark 11]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
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