Thursday, March 15th 2012

SAPPHIRE Introduces HD 7970 Dual-X OC Edition

SAPPHIRE Technology has just release a new factory overclocked version of its high end graphics card based on the highly acclaimed graphics GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD.

The SAPPHIRE HD 7970 OC Edition features SAPPHIRE’s new dual-extractor technology - Dual-X - a highly efficient multi-heatpipe cooler with dual fans providing quiet and very cool operation during normal operating conditions, and superb cooling performance even under extreme load. The HD 7970 from AMD is the most powerful single chip GPU ever built - it has a new internal structure with 32 compute units and a total of 2048 Stream processors. The SAPPHIRE HD 7970 OC Edition ships with a raised core clock speed of 950MHz, and 1425MHz for the memory. Its Dual BIOS switch allows users to select the higher performance settings of 1GHz core and 1450MHz memory, making the fastest card in its class. This setting also uses a more aggressive fan profile and raises the limits for maximum overclocking.

For enthusiasts wishing to maximise performance, a new version of the SAPPHIRE overclocking tool, TriXX is available free to download from the SAPPHIRE website. TriXX allows tuning of GPU voltage as well as core and memory clocks, whilst continuously displaying temperature. Manual control of fan speed is supported, as well as user created fan profiles and the ability to save up to four different performance settings.

The HD 7000 series is the third generation of DirectX 11 compatible solutions from the graphics division of AMD - formerly ATI. The SAPPHIRE HD 7970 is ready for DirectX 11.1 and the new Windows 8 operating system as well as delivering all the features of the current DirectX 11 such as DirectCompute11 and multi threaded communications with the CPU. Communication with the host PC is optimised with the implementation of the latest high speed PCI-Express Gen3.0 interface, and multiple cards can be used to further enhance performance in CrossFireX mode on a suitably specified mainboard.

HDMI specifications have also increased in the HD 7000 series. Fast HDMI 1.4a supports Stereoscopic 3D with enhanced frame rates of 60Hz per eye - 120Hz total. It is also ready for the next generation of 4K displays that can be driven from a single high speed input of 3GHz HDMI 1.4a or DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2.

Working or gaming with multiple monitors is becoming increasingly popular, and the SAPPHIRE HD 7970 supports this with AMD Eyefinity. With its DVI, HDMI and two mini-DisplayPort outputs the card can support configurations of up to 6 monitors. In addition, the SAPPHIRE HD 7970 is the first graphics card that can simultaneously output multiple, independent audio streams allowing the correct audio content to be associated with different applications on different screens.

APP Acceleration is the name given to the enhanced performance of a wide range of applications using the stream processing capabilities and specific hardware features of the graphics architecture. The HD 7000 series has been optimised for this type of task. Typical applications include Video encoding and decoding, compression and multiplexing for media distribution, gaming or video conferencing. APP acceleration can also enhance everyday tasks such as Internet browsing, Office applications and file compression with supported software suites.

The retail bundle for the SAPPHIRE HD 7970 OC is second to none. In addition to the standard bundle consisting of an Active mini-DP to single-link DVI adaptor for Eyefinity setup, CrossFire bridge cable, HDMI to DVI adaptor for dual DVI setup, DVI to VGA adaptor, 8 pin to 4 pin power adaptor and 6 pin to 4 pin power adaptor, SAPPHIRE also provides an extra mini-DP to DP adaptor and a 1.8 metre HDMI 1.4a cable.

The SAPPHIRE HD 7970 OC is shipping now and will be available through SAPPHIRE’s established e-tail and retail partners.

For more information, visit the product page.
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31 Comments on SAPPHIRE Introduces HD 7970 Dual-X OC Edition

#1
Lionheart
Fap Fap Fap looks Beast.........Black PCB ftw:D
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#3
ice_v
is it just me or does this card look shorter than reference PCB length?
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#4
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: ice_v
is it just me or does this card look shorter than reference PCB length?
It uses an AMD reference PCB.
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#5
AlienIsGOD
cooling solution looks familiar (shroud at least) to my HD6870 Dirt 3 Edition.
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#6
zargana
I think sapphire dual-x solution is the best among others, even Asus DCuII 7970. I just wanna see the MSi's twin frozer. Then i will decide which direction should i go.

Sapphire Dual-x, beats others on cooling and quietness.

579,99$ @ newegg.
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#8
swirl09
This is a pretty sweet card, if nV fail to deliver, I think this might be in my next build =]
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#9
jbunch07
Very nice looking card indeed. I've always been a fan of exposed heatpipes.

PUN was intended btw.
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#10
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
by: swirl09
This is a pretty sweet card, if nV fail to deliver, I think this might be in my next build =]
Oh it won't fail to deliver...in performance or price.
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#11
radrok
by: btarunr
It uses an AMD reference PCB.
So there is no difference in power delivery circuit right?
If so I'd rather purchase a DC II
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#12
eidairaman1
by: swirl09
This is a pretty sweet card, if nV fail to deliver, I think this might be in my next build =]
dont hold your breath for NV. AMD has their stuff out Nv keeps on rattlin on bout this n that...
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#14
Fluffmeister
Meh same story different year. Enjoy your perceived glory lads. :nutkick:
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#15
eidairaman1
by: Fluffmeister
Meh same story different year. Enjoy your perceived glory lads. :nutkick:
w/e dude have fun waiting for your overglorified NV part, that is yet to release :nutkick:

Oh Wait WHere is it, you dont have it in your hands sorry for your loss dude

by: Super XP
Fully Agree. AMD's been selling like hot cakes. Thank you Sapphire, awesome looking card.

AMD is even talking about the upcoming HD 8970 graphics monsters that should outperform the HD 7970 by as much as 60%.
http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/Does-AMD-have-2304-stream-processor-GPU-waiting
I feel a refresh of the 7 series should be due in to spur sales even further
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#17
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: eidairaman1
dont hold your breath for NV. AMD has their stuff out Nv keeps on rattlin on bout this n that...
I love how when AMD talks about there stuff before it releases and they don't get bashed for hyping it, then when Nvidia talks about their parts they get bashed constantly. Keep on drinking your haterade.
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#18
radrok
by: nvidiaintelftw
I love how when AMD talks about there stuff before it releases and they don't get bashed for hyping it, then when Nvidia talks about their parts they get bashed constantly. Keep on drinking your haterade.
Without any offence, you must be pretty narrow sighted to make such a statement.
Anyway this is more marked towards Nvidia because it has always set the quality bar very high and people have high expectations thus the "bashing" echoes a lot more when targeted to NV.
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#19
james49
by: btarunr
It uses an AMD reference PCB.
it is somewhat shorter than my old 4870x2, and a good midtower would work...but i would prefer a larger case..although the thing cools very well, at 1100 core clock it runs at 29degrees C.
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#21
swirl09
One arriving hopefully in time for this weekend as part of my new build :)

Decided to go for this as over here it's currently selling for about 100 USD below reference 680's. In terms of 1600p it's rubbing shoulders with the 680 out of the box while custom fan should have it running cooler and quieter. An easy decision tbh ;)
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
just bought one of these for $330, bumping old thread for no real reason XD
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#23
TRWOV
I got one as well, open box, $230. Best deal ever. :rockout:
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#24
Mussels
Moderprator
by: TRWOV
I got one as well, open box, $230. Best deal ever. :rockout:
hows it OC? reviews are showing 1.2GHz+, the version i've ordered has two DVI instead of 1 so i'm wondering if it OC's as good.
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