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Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X Review

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What can be said about the Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X video card? Well to start out, the first thing that I wanted to mention was the overclocking of the video card, I was very impressed to see that the card was able to go all the way up to 1GHz on the core and 1200MHz on the memory. This did give me quite a noticeable gain in scores and FPS as compared to the stock performance of the card. Now on the same page, I was able to clock the card higher but it was unable to perform all of the benchmarks in our suite. So, I had to back the clocks down to a reasonable level. What this brings up is the lack of the ability to over-volt the card using either MSI's Afterburner or Sapphire's TRIXX overclocking software. Sapphire did place the Vapor-X Cooler on the card, and when you compare the temperatures seen by the Vapor-X model compared to the regular model Sapphire has out, there was a 17°C difference in temperatures at the stock load testing between the two models. The overall performance of the HD6870 Vapor-X card was quite impressive when it was stacked up against the competition at stock speeds and once the card was clocked to 1GHz, it was able to tear though the tests that I threw at it and give some good numbers that were quite competitive. Once the card was overclocked, however, it was using quite a bit more power than I would have liked to see. However, when you are pushing higher clock speeds, you know that your overall power consumption is going to skyrocket. The support for 6 monitors via the two DisplayPort 1.2 outputs on the card is also going to give it some added value, as well as the support for AMD's HD3D technology.

All in all, if you are looking for a new video card for your system, be it due to your card not being able to keep up with the new games that you are looking at getting or maybe you just need to have the latest and greatest graphics power, you should take a close look at the Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X.



  • Overclocking
  • Temperatures
  • Vapor-X Cooling Solution
  • Overall Performance
  • DX 11 and SM 5.0 Support
  • Supports up to 6 Monitors (via DisplayPort 1.2)
  • AMD HD3D Support



  • Power Consumption once overclocked
  • No Voltage Adjustments
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