Slimmer Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 Dual-X Edition Makes its Appearance
Sapphire's next entry to the 7870 series is a fairly straightforward version with no flashy exterior but is hopefully all about function. Casual observers might mistake the leaner Radeon HD 7870 Dual-X Edition Graphics Card for its slightly bigger sibling, the HD 7870 FleX with Dual-X, but closer inspection on the former board reveals a much smaller PCB that maintains a hushed dual-fan solution similar to Sapphire's heftier offerings. The plain layout of its two DVIs, single HDMI and DisplayPort are nothing to write home about, but this unassuming board is stocked with a 256-bit memory interface utilized on 2GB of GDDR5 RAM. Sapphire has also chosen to keep the Radeon HD 7870 Dual-X Edition running on a default core and memory speed of 1000 MHz and 4.80 GHz respectively. The Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 Dual-X Edition is estimated to cost around $230, and its relatively smaller footprint could be an ideal home for a modest-sized rig with cramped spaces.