Tuesday, April 3rd 2012

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Toxic 6 GB Detailed

When we saw glimpses of Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Toxic 6 GB graphics card, we knew Sapphire was prioritizing on aesthetics a lot. That turns out to be the case, as the first pictures of this monstrosity reveal. The PCB and cooler are designed from scratch, by Sapphire. The PCB accommodates 6 GB of memory in 24 GDDR5 memory chips, 12 on each side. To power the factory-overclocked 28 nm "Tahiti" GPU and 24 GDDR5 7 GT/s memory chips takes some really strong VRM. Sapphire implemented an 8+3 phase power supply, that makes use of solid-state chokes (don't whine under stress), and International Rectifier DirectFETs. The VRM draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

More details, and a benchmark follow.

The VRM includes, we're told, a very high-end controller that provides a lot of software features. On the card, Sapphire implemented LEDs for each of the 8 vGPU phases, that gives you a real-time indication of their individual loading. These LEDs can be seen through a window on the top of the card.

The cooler consists of a large, monolithic aluminum fin heatsink that draws heat from the GPU and memory chips on the obverse side of the PCB. The FETs on the obverse side are cooled by additional heatsinks. The memory chips on the reverse side of the PCB are cooled by a fancy-looking metal back-plate. The heatsink makes use of four 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes, as well as a vapor-chamber plate. It is ventilated by two 80 mm fans.

The card features out of the box clock speeds of 1150 MHz (core), and 1500 MHz (6.00 GHz GDDR5 effective) memory. It includes dual-BIOS, with a failsafe BIOS. OCLab managed to overclock the card with its included cooler, to 1300 MHz (core) and 1900 MHz (memory), and put the contraption through 3DMark 11. It scored P12463 points in performance preset. Other details of the test-bed are in the screenshot below.
Source: OCLab.ru
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51 Comments on Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Toxic 6 GB Detailed

#26
dir_d
btarunr
Sapphire is working on two HD 7970 Atomic versions, which come with 1335/1434 MHz (core/memory) out of the box. We'll have pics of those cards pretty soon. One of them is air-cooled, the other has a self-contained liquid-cooling loop.
Looks like i wait for the 1335 one then. My trigger finger was itching but you calmed me down.
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#27
[H]@RD5TUFF
I wish Sapphire would start making Nvidia cards, because this is a sexy beast!
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#28
Niodix
and the price is..like bugatti has :)
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#29
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Mistral
For one, Photoshop is going to absolutely love it... :rockout:.
Um no it won't. 99% of most photoshop jobs can be rendered just fine on an IGP.
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#30
razaron
buggalugs
I hope they have dual link DVI unlike MSI lightning which has only single link....
This. I was planning on getting the MSI until I learned of its lack of dual link DVI.
Hopefully the Atomic will be less than £550 and have dual link DVI.
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#31
Mistral
I'm sorry TMM, but when I open 50 tiffs for processing I very much like them all plastered in the video memory. Not that I'd rush out and buy a 6GB video card for the memory alone, or that there's anything wrong with "just fine"...
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#33
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Mistral
I'm sorry TMM, but when I open 50 tiffs for processing I very much like them all plastered in the video memory. Not that I'd rush out and buy a 6GB video card for the memory alone, or that there's anything wrong with "just fine"...
Well I hate to break it to you but Photoshop uses OpenGL for smooth scrolling and zoom. So unless you are zooming in on all 50 tifs at the same time 6gb is useless. You would see more performance in 64-bit Photoshop and 32gb of ram then 6gb of vram. Vram makes like no difference in Photoshop importing stuff from Maya or Mudbox or something. Even then Its debatable.
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#34
jrs3000
It's all about the E-Penis with 6gb of ram
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#35
OneCool
holly shit ...... I want!!!!!!
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#36
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
amdftw
This is factory OC! +225MHZ :respect:
Not the s.itty Zotac EE GTX680 on 1,2Ghz which menas only 100-115Mhz plus because the cheater full reference cards runs 1085-1100Mhz, not on 1006Mhz.
"cheater" full reference?

Where are these CHEATER cards?

All reference cards run at 1006 and boost if need be 1058.

About this 6gb hd7970 monstrousity, is the 6gb really even going to be worth it for 50% of people? Haha.
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#38
OneCool
One word comes to mind.


QUADFIRE!!!!




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#39
ensabrenoir
[h
@rd5tuff]i wish sapphire would start making nvidia cards, because this is a sexy beast!
+1
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#40
m1dg3t
I wonder what pricing will be for this beast? And how much of a performance increase there will be over the standard 3Gb model's. I'm pretty sure the benefit's would only be on multi monitor & super high res but still :D

Any chance of W1zz getting 1 in for a review?

OneCool
One word comes to mind.


QUADFIRE!!!!





That would be 3P1C! 24Gb of VRAM :eek::eek: I think i just grew an extra testicle! :rockout:
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#41
mastrdrver
1900Mhz!1!!!/11?!!1 Is that one air!? :eek:

That's insane if so. Not to mention doing it with 6GBs. Crazy!

I do think it's kind of funny that the bandwidth almost matches the bus width. :laugh:
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#42
m1dg3t
mastrdrver
1900Mhz!1!!!/11?!!1 Is that one air!? :eek:

That's insane if so. Not to mention doing it with 6GBs. Crazy!

I do think it's kind of funny that the bandwidth almost matches the bus width. :laugh:
Yep! Those clock's were achieved with the "stock" cooler :D At 1900Mhz it may even surpass it! lol
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#43
HalfAHertz
nvidiaintelftw
"cheater" full reference?

Where are these CHEATER cards?

All reference cards run at 1006 and boost if need be 1058.

About this 6gb hd7970 monstrousity, is the 6gb really even going to be worth it for 50% of people? Haha.
Actually 1058 is the average boost. The card can go up to 1110 for short amounts of time on the default bios. Tho I agree this is in no way cheating just smart design.
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#44
a_ump
That's quite a hefty stock overclock, 200mhz roughyly. and then potential to go another 175mhz or more. that's a dam good build.
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#45
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
badtaylorx
you know it wasnt all that long ago that the same argument was being made about 2gig vs 1gig....

no game uses 2gigs....useless they said.......

"if you build it they will come"

dream away my forward thinking developers,,,dream away!!!
this argument has been going on since people were saying they dont need video card n slots whether ISA,PCI,AGP, PEG.

I laughed at those who Had Gotten the G92 GTS N 9800 SERIES as they at time wish they had more ram where as The G80 GTX N GTS 640 users were comfortable with the cards.
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#46
..'Ant'..
That's one big beast that can handle anything at high res.
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#47
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
I wanna see all other AIBs release their 6 GB models
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#48
Animalpak
I dont wanna put any waterblock with that super nice cooler ! Looks like a monster !
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#49
Over_Lord
News Editor
A 3GB card with a lesser price tag makes soo much more sense to me.

Also, the MEMORY oCEs to 1900MHz, that's 7.6GHz QDR, WOw. What I don't understand is, why is Sapphire fitting the card with 7GT/s card but not a 7Ghz or near it memory speed

My ideal Atomic card would be:

- Sapphire HD7970 3GB Atomic(water cooled, self contained)
- 1335MHz Core
- 1700MHz memory(6.8GHz QDR)

This would, I'm pretty sure, take the world's fastest GPU TAG by quite a margin.
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#50
radrok
Why self contained? I think a proper WB would be much better
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