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As expected, all major graphics card makers came up with original products soon after AMD had announced its GPUs of the Southern Islands family. We have recently reviewed three such cards from the top-end segment, based on Cayman GPUs, and today we want to introduce to you one of the first original products with the Pitcairn GPU. It is Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB.

Technical Specifications

The new graphics card from Sapphire is compared against AMD Radeon HD 7950 and AMD Radeon HD 7870:

* - may vary depending on the specific graphics card sample.

Packaging and Accessories

Like the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC 3GB we reviewed recently, the new graphics card is shipped in a cardboard box that is embellished with a picture of a pretty girl with a gun. She may distract your eye from the technical information such as the amount of graphics memory, the Overclock Edition sticker and the card’s connectivity options.


There is a description and specs of the product and a list of its accessories on the back of the box. The accessories include everything you might ever need to use every feature of the card.

  • Two adapter cables for additional power;
  • CrossFireX bridge;
  • DVI→to→D-Sub adapter;
  • Mini DisplayPort→DisplayPort adapter;
  • HDMI→DVI-I (Single Link) adapter;
  • HDMI 1.4a cable (1.8 m long);
  • CD disk with drivers;
  • Manual;
  • Holographic sticker with Sapphire logo.

The Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC comes at a retail price of $359, which is a mere $10 higher than AMD’s recommended price for Radeon HD 7870. The warranty period is 2 years.

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