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Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB OC Edition Review: GCN For A Better Price

Coming almost a month after the launch of the AMD Radeon 'Tahiti XT' HD 7970 and the 'Graphics Core Next' architecture, the Radeon 'Tahiti Pro' HD 7950 is essentially a stripped down version (87.5%, 1792 out of 2048 Stream Processors) of its more illustrious sibling . The extra lead time and lower TDP requirements has allowed the usual AIB manufacturers to work on non-reference PCB layouts and cooling designs, giving end users more innovation and choice. Today we look at one such offering from Sapphire…

Sapphire opted for a glossy box design with the same voluptuous female mascot in military camouflage which first appeared on the Sapphire HD 7970 that we reviewed earlier this month

Back of box

Accessories – mini-DP/HDMI/DVI-D display convertors, a pair of Molex to 6-pin PCIe convertors, Crossfire bridge and the mandatory documentation/driver CD

Front of card – Sapphire has used the same dual-90mm fan design on this card as its HD 6970/6950 models instead of the noisy reference blower

 

Sadly no backplate behind to prevent warping or shorts

 

With the cooler attached, the card measures 12 inches long (11.5 inch PCB).

 

Like the HD 6950, it requires 2 x 6pin PCIe power connectors which is rated for 150W of additional juice on top of the power derived from the slot

 

Same layout and outputs as the HD 7970 – 2 x mini-DP, 1 HDMI and 1 DVI-D

Lennard Seah
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