We recently tested the exciting Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC which turned out to be virtually blameless and pleased us with a very high performance for its class. That was one of the three Radeon HD 7870 modifications offered by Sapphire which also has as many as four Radeon HD 7850s in its product range. The company just cannot stop developing more and more of these graphics cards.
So, here is the new Sapphire Radeon FleX HD 7870 GHz Edition. What could the developer come up with in this product if its predecessor already had pre-overclocked frequencies and an original cooler? A custom PCB can hardly be a cost-effective option since the Radeon HD 7870 is a mainstream card. Moreover, the HD 7870 and HD 7850 have already passed from the peak of their market life to its decline. Well, it turns out that Sapphire still has clever ideas which are implemented in the card we're going to take a look at today.
The Sapphire Radeon FleX HD 7870 GHz Edition specifications are listed in the table in comparison with the reference Radeon HD 7950 and Radeon HD 7870.
* - may vary depending on a specific graphics card sample.
** - on July 17, 2012 AMD dropped the MSRP of their Radeon HD 7xxx graphics cards:
Packaging and Accessories
The graphics card is shipped in the same cardboard box as its predecessor. There’s a picture of a cute girl on its front.
A sticker with the product’s key features can be spotted in the top right:
We’ll discuss these features shortly. As for the packaging, there’s another cardboard box inside the external wrap. The graphics card is additionally wrapped into a soft pack:
We can hardly question the reliability of such packaging.
There’s also a flat box inside with the following accessories:
- Two power cables with adapters;
- DVI-to-D-Sub adapter;
- CrossFireX bridge;
- 1.8-meter long HDMI 1.4a cable;
- HDMI-to-DVI-I (Single-Link) adapter;
- Holographic Sapphire logo sticker;
- CD disk with drivers and utilities.
We hadn’t paid much attention to accessories until our tests of triple-monitor configurations, but now we are quite sure that cables and adapters can be very necessary. Sapphire is a leader in this respect, offering a lot of such stuff with its graphics cards.
The Sapphire Radeon FleX HD 7870 GHz Edition is manufactured in China and costs $299. Its warranty period is 2 years.