Following the release of its 28nm Tahiti GPU and the first Radeon HD 7970 3GB graphics card, AMD announced the more affordable, yet also high-end, product known as Radeon HD 7970 3GB. One of the first companies to introduce an original version of the latter card is the legendary Sapphire Technology. Its product comes under a rather unassuming name of Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC 3GB but is actually one of the most exciting Tahiti Pro based graphics cards available. What is especially nice is that it has come about right after the official launch of the Radeon HD 7950.
Sapphire’s promo banner suggests that the new card is overclocker-friendly thanks to its multi-heatpipe Dual-X cooler and two BIOS chips, one of which contains more aggressive cooler settings. We’ll talk about all these and many other features in this review.
The table below contains technical specifications of Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC graphics cards in comparison with the reference AMD Radeon HD 7970 and HDm7950:
Packaging and Accessories
The Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC is shipped in a cardboard box that has a picture of a full-bosomed girl, masked and armed, on its face side.
The key features of the card are listed nearby and you can note that the product is Overclock Edition. Those features are detailed on the back of the box and accompanied with a long list of awards from online and print media that Sapphire has collected.
Sealed in a soft pack, the graphics card lies in the central compartment of the box. A smaller flat box with accessories can be found underneath.
The accessories include everything necessary to use the card: two power cables, a mini-DisplayPort->DisplayPort adapter, an HDMI->DVI-I (single-link) adapter, a 1.8-meter HDMI 1.4a cable, a DVI->D-Sub adapter, a CrossFireX bridge, a CD with drivers, a user manual, and even a sticker with Sapphire logo. There are no free games in the box but that’s a common trend nowadays among all graphics card makers with rare exceptions.
The retail price of the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC is $479. The warranty period is 2 years.