After popping off the HSF, we find a heatplate covering some of the I/Cs and memory chips

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Thermal pads on the metal heatplate

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Sapphire HD 7950 fully exposed – we've seen a few designs of the HD 7950 PCB and this is probably closest to the reference version (with the obvious exception of the blue dye)

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Same Hynix GDDR5 RAMs as on the HD 7970s – bodes well for overclocking (we've seen it go as high as 1700MHz with stock voltage)

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Like the HD 7970s we've seen, this card uses the 8-phase CHiL CHL8228G Digital PWM. Also note the extra solder point on the left PCIe connector – which could imply multiple SKUs based on the same PCB

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The dual bios switch and Crossfire connectors are also present on this board

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A conventional heatpipe cooler (instead of the more expensive vapour chamber seen on reference HD 7970 cards) which should be good enough to handle the TDP of this card

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Raised bump for core contact – water cooling affectionados will be delighted to know that the hole spacing is the same as the HD 7970 for their waterblocks

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0.35A @ 12V 90mm Brushless DC Fans

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