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Conclusion

We’ve got mixed impressions from the Sapphire Radeon FleX HD 7870 GHz Edition. This graphics card can indeed be used to build an affordable Eyefinity configuration out of three inexpensive monitors with DVI inputs. The problem is that the resolution of 3240x1920 or higher is too much for this card as it cannot deliver high performance at such a load. Even the faster Sapphire Radeon FleX HD 7950 3GB is hardly up to that task, so we can’t expect any miracles from the slightly overclocked Radeon HD 7870. We should note that our games are not the heaviest ones such as Metro 2033: The Last Refuge, Total War: Shogun 2 or Sniper Elite V2. Moreover, we didn’t turn on antialiasing which would have transformed them into slideshows. Perhaps Sapphire designed the FleX series for older monitors with resolutions of 1680x1050 pixels or lower, but a 1920x1080 model with DVI input can be bought for a mere $130 or something today.

On the other hand, if used for professional applications, a triple- or quad-monitor configuration based on the Sapphire Radeon FleX HD 7870 GHz Edition would be just perfect and the card comes with all the required accessories for such a setup. Overclockers may be disappointed at the low potential of its GPU and, especially, memory, but Sapphire offers such users the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC we tested earlier. Among the product’s advantages we can also name its dual BIOS, reinforced PCB, highly efficient cooler, eye-catching and informative packaging, 2-year warranty and competitive price. So, the Radeon FleX HD 7870 GHz Edition can be interesting for some users and we are glad that Sapphire has extended our shopping options.

 
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