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Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Vapor-X Review

Waco    -   September 18, 2012
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Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine's Heaven Benchmark Version 3.0, with Sapphire's TriXX overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a 20-minute cool-down, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

Settings

  • Monitoring with Sapphire TriXX
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At stock speeds, the Vapor-X cooler is both silent and cool-running. Even when overclocked to the maximum stable speeds, the cooler doesn't break a sweat and delivers extremely competitive temperatures while not sounding like a massive vacuum cleaner in your case. Temperatures are very unlikely to be a limiting factor, even if you have a relatively high ambient temperature.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Metro 2033
  6. Testing: Batman Arkham City
  7. Testing: Battlefield 3
  8. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
  9. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  10. Testing: DiRT 3
  11. Testing: Mafia II
  12. Testing: 3DMark 11
  13. Testing: Temperatures
  14. Testing: Power Consumption
  15. Conclusion
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