Metro 2033: The Last Refuge
As an exception to the general rule of this test session, the increased frequencies of the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC can’t help it win in Metro 2033: The Last Refuge. The reference Radeon HD 7870 is 7% slower than the Sapphire whereas the ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores looks good here.
Total War: Shogun 2
Total War: Shogun 2 shows us the familiar picture again: the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC is 5-7% faster than the reference AMD Radeon HD 7870 and somewhat slower than the HD 7950. The Sapphire beats the latter when overclocked, though.
The same goes for Crysis 2. The overclocked Sapphire is faster than the default Radeon HD 7950. We can note that every card has a very low bottom speed in this game.
The Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC 2GB is one of the best in its class today. Pre-overclocked, it is 5 to 8% faster than the reference Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition as well as reference-design products from other brands. The original Dual-X cooler endows it with high overclocking potential, so it can be easily overclocked further to the level of top-end Radeon HD 7950s and even more. Its eye-catching packaging is going to be attractive on a shop shelf whereas its complete set of accessories, 2-year warranty and reasonable price (comparable to regular Radeon HD 7870s) make it an almost perfect graphics card. The only flaw we can find about it is that its cooler might have been even quieter because there is some reserve in terms of GPU temperature. But you can use MSI Afterburner to set the Dual-X up in such a way as to ensure proper cooling at minimum noise.
In conclusion, we would like to award Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC 2GB graphics card with our Editor’s Choice title as the best-balanced Radeon HD 7870 graphics card available today: