Sapphire Rolls Out HD 7870 FleX with Dual-X Graphics Card
Sapphire announced the Radeon HD 7870 FleX with Dual-X graphics card. It features a reconfigured display output logic, which supports up to three DVI monitors, without needing active DP-DVI adapters. The card also features the company's Dual-X cooling solution.
Sapphire announced the Radeon HD 7870 FleX with Dual-X graphics card. It features a reconfigured display output logic, which supports up to three DVI monitors, without needing active DP-DVI adapters. The first two monitors can be connected to the two DVI ports, while the third one can be connected to the HDMI port, without needing any active adapters. Since HDMI is electrically compatible with DVI-I, the third monitor not only gets a digital connection, but also one that is HDCP-compliant. The card hence delivers a a true SLS (Single Large Surface) display head that spans across the three physical displays.
The second major feature is its cooling solution, said to be a variation of the Dual-X cooler, which the company used on a few high-end Radeon HD 7900 series models. The cooler uses a combination of 8 mm-thick and 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes to draw heat from the GPU, making direct contact with it, and transport it to the large aluminum fin stack that runs the entire length of the card. The stack is then ventilated by two 80 mm fans.
The Sapphire HD 7870 FleX with Dual-X graphics card ships with AMD reference clock speeds, 1000 MHz core and 1200 MHz (4.80 GHz GDDR5 effective) memory. The card holds 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit wide memory interface. Based on the 28 nm "Pitcairn XT" silicon, the Radeon HD 7870 packs 1,280 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, and is DirectX 11.1 compliant.
The card is 26 cm long. It draws power from two 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors. It can pair with any other Radeon HD 7800 series graphics card in CrossFireX configuration. Display outputs include one each of DVI-D, DVI-I, HDMI 1.4a, and DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. Sapphire did not disclose pricing, but we expect it to charge a tiny premium over other AMD reference design HD 7870 graphics cards.