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Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X Review

Price: EST. $229


Have you been looking to upgrade the video card in your current system? Maybe the one that you currently have is not able to give you your desired FPS in your favorite game or maybe it doesn't support DX 11 and is holding you back from getting some of the newer titles? Whatever the reason may be, if you are looking at upgrading your current GPU, Sapphire has recently launched the HD6870 with the Vapor-X Cooler installed on it for maximum cooling power. Not only are you going to get DX 11 support with the Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X, you are also going to be able to get a total of two DVI, one HDMI, and two DisplayPort 1.2 adapters on the card. This will provide you with the most potential for your display device to be connected with up to six monitors from this one card. I am very excited to see exactly what this card is going to look like as well as to see exactly how well it is going to perform when it is put up head-to-head with the competition in our extensive series of synthetic and real-world testing.

Closer Look: 

The front of the packaging for the Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X is very clean looking. You are going to get an Arctic scene in the background with a penguin standing on the snow. This is going to give you the impression that the card is going to be running very cool in comparison to the stock reference cooler as well as some of the other options out there for cooling your GPU. The top left hand corner of the packaging is where you are going to find the Sapphire Logo printed and the right top hand corner is where you will find the 1GB GDDR5 and TRIXX badges. TRIXX is the new Sapphire GPU tweaking utility that is going to give you the ability to tweak and overclock their video cards. In the center of the package you are going to see the Vapor-X logo with the tag line Vapor Chamber Technology under it to let you know exactly what Vapor-X is (if you had not known before). To the left of the Vapor-X logo, you will find a badge letting you know that Vapor-X Cooling is award winning and is a superior cooling solution. The bottom edge of the packaging is where you are going to find a few of the highlighted features that the Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X card carries, such as Full DirectX 11 Support, AMD Eyefinity, CPI Express 2.1, 1080p Full HD, AMD HD3D Technology, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI High Speed, 7.1 HD Surround Sound, and Super Fast GDDR5 Memory. When you flip the packaging over to the back, you will find a list of the Product Highlights as well as a more detailed list of the features that the Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X card includes as well as a description of each feature. You are also going to get a list of exactly what is inside of the box such as the Sapphire HD6870 Graphics Card itself, Driver CD, Cables and a User Manual. Let's get this box opened up and see for ourselves exactly what is inside!









Once you get the outer packaging off, you are going to find a brown box inside. This is where the Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X along with all of the accessories are housed. There is a cardboard container that holds the card which is contained in bubble wrap. This will hold the card firmly in place to ensure it does not move around during the shipping process (not despite the fact that every shipping company lovingly cradles your packages as if they contained rare Mammoth eggs destined for the Queen herself). Under the cardboard container you will find a second brown box that is guarding all of the accessories. Inside the accessories box you will find a Drivers CD, a User Manual, a Sapphire case badge, a CrossFire bridge, a D-Sub to DVI dongle, an HDMI to DisplayPort dongle, an HDMI cable and two 4 pin Molex to 6 pin PCI-E power adapters.



Now that we know what the packaging looks like and what kind of accessories are included with the Sapphire HD6870 Vapor-X, it's time to take a close look at the card itself.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Aliens vs Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Just Cause 2
  10. Testing: Unigine 2.1
  11. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  12. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  13. Testing: 3DMark 11
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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