Sapphire HD 7950 FleX Dual-X Edition 3GB Reviewairman -
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Over the past couple of years, flat screen monitors have become very affordable and have driven the number of multi-monitor setups in homes sky high. Because of this, video card manufacturers have been trying to meet the demands of gaming-grade video cards that can also support a large number of monitors on a single card. Sapphire has stepped up and delivered us its FleX edition video cards; these video cards are capable of running five displays. With Eyefinity support so large, three displays are so much more common. Although three monitors can be used on many single video cards, not many of them will support three DVI monitors right out of the box without any need for expensive DisplayPort adapters. This is where the FleX edition video cards from Sapphire are special — they support inexpensive DVI monitors with "no assembly required"!
Sapphire recently launched its latest FleX edition video card to be added to the HD 7900 lineup. The Sapphire HD 7950 FleX Dual-X Edition features all of the great performance from the Tahiti-cored cards from AMD but also has the Dual-X cooling system from Sapphire, and of course, the FleX capability for excellent monitor support. In this review, I will be taking this Sapphire HD 7950 FleX Dual-X Edition through the hoops of OCC-style testing. I will also provide a thorough evaluation of the video card from unboxing to an up-close, inside look of the card itself. Without taking up any more webspace, let's get started!
The Sapphire HD 7950 FleX Dual-X Edition is packaged in typical Sapphire style with futuristic/military-style graphics on a glossy cardboard sleeve. The front of the box tells us that it is the FleX, Dual-X, and Overclocked edition, also revealing some of its other features that I will share later. The back of the box contains a large list of features offered by the HD 7900 series cards in general and more in relationship to the proprietary nature of Sapphire's FleX and Dual-X cooling technology.
Inside of this decorative sleeve is a plain brown cardboard box that houses the card and its accessories. On the top of the inside of this box is the card itself inside of an anti-static bag. This tray is removed to expose all of the accessories provided in the retail package. These accessories include a DVI to VGA adapter, CrossFire bridge, HDMI cable, two 4-pin to 6-pin power adapters, a 6-foot HDMI cable, an HDMI to DVI adapter, a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter, and of course a user's manual and driver media CD. Once out of the box, the Dual-X Edition cooler stands out the most and I will be showing this more closely on the next page.
Now that everything is out of the box, let's keep moving.