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Sapphire HD 7950 FleX Dual-X Edition 3GB Review

airman    -   July 5, 2012
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Conclusion:

After the rigorous rounds of testing, it is clear to see that although AMD cards may be beaten at lower resolutions, their capabilities quickly catch up and sometimes surpass nVidia's with large performance gains in high resolutions. As the purpose of this FleX edition card implies, it's most likely going to be used to drive more than one monitor. With that being said, it should be a clear decision-maker when selecting a video card. Powering up to five monitors alone may be the biggest selling point of these FleX edition cards, or perhaps the Dual DVI support + HDMI making cheap triple monitor setups easy without the need for expensive Displayport adapters.

Although not as good as other HD 7950s we have played with, the card overclocks well. Additionally, the load temperatures are excellent. The idle temperatures are a bit deceiving when it came to first impressions, but I certainly got a surprise when I saw the nice temperatures even when overclocked to its limit. Although I won't need it (at least in the future), the dual BIOS switch can be a lifesaver for some. Having a failsafe backup in case of an emergency from a bad BIOS flash is a wonderful asset to someone who desires peace of mind. For a card that goes for right at $400, it may be a big price to pay but for those who would be buying the card would be buying it for its multimonitor capabilities and the performance associated in them. I like what Sapphire is doing with the FleX edition cards and I hope we get to see more of them.

 

Pros:

  • Supports 3 DVI connections right out of the box
  • Can power up to 5 monitors
  • Great load temperatures
  • Quiet even at maximum fan speed

 

Cons:

  • None
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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  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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