HIS is using a large dual-fan cooler with a stylized X in the center. The back of the card is bare; other companies put something here to protect the card against damage, or to help with cooling.
Installation of the card requires two slots in your system.
Display connectivity options includes one DVI port, one full-sized HDMI port, and four mini-HDMI ports. You may use all the outputs at the same time, but doing so makes the DVI port a single-link port (up to 1920x1080). If you want to run higher resolutions, you have to press the blue button. It switches the DVI port to dual-link by disabling one of the DisplayPorts. Unlike other cards with a similar feature, this switch is instant and you don't have to reboot.
The GPU also includes an HDMI sound device. It is HDMI 1.4a compatible, which includes HD audio and Blu-ray 3D movies support.
Two CrossFire connectors are available, so you may combine this card with up to three other HD 7970s for improved performance.
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