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Sapphire HD 7970 Dual X Review



Overall the Sapphire HD 7970 OC edition held up as expected. It sat neck and neck with the XFX 7970 BE about all the way through with the exception of Civilization V, which I feel can easily be due to variation in gameplay. The Dual X cooler is really the bonus to this particular card; it is the real feature that sets it apart from not only other 7970s but also other high-end cards. Under full load it shows off its true colors as one of the best cooled cards on the market while remaining quiet (in a relative manner). With the fans at full it can dissipate quite a bit of heat away from the card to keep it cool and ready for more. It might dump a little more heat to the case at idle and run slightly "hotter" at idle, but it is much better than a constant vacuum cleaner noise coming from your case.

With an overall nice appearance and lack of “lady parts” so to say on the card and a clean cut finish this card will surely appeal to anyone looking for a high performance GPU to crank up the “pretty” level in games. It is also one of the cheapest 7970 cards on the market, and when looking at the cards that are a few bucks cheaper, the Sapphire 7970 OC wins out with an upgrade from the stock cooler. It really is the win-win card -- it clocks as well as its competitors but cools better for a better price. It's hard to say why not to go with this card if you're looking for a 7970. Overall I'm satisfied with the card. 



  • Quiet!
  • Cooling under load
  • Sleek appearance
  • Comes with lots of adapters - including active DP



  • A little hot at idle, when overclocked


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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: Mafia II
  11. Testing: 3DMark 11
  12. Testing: Temperatures
  13. Testing: Power Consumption
  14. Conclusion
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