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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11197-01-40G)

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  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 950/1000MHz
  • 1 x DVI 1 x HDMI 2 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • James F.
  • 11/30/2015 1:41:24 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs2 Years and still running!!!!!

Pros: This card replaced 2x GTX 570's. When i bought the card i had plans of getting another. It's been well over 2 years now and its still all by it's self in my rig. Best card i ever bought hands down. I was a Nvidia guy that took a chance and now the next card i get will be AMD....

Cons: It was a big card and i had to remove some drive bays so it would fit..

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  • Brian N.
  • 4/18/2014 2:02:10 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailure

Pros: Had a high price tag, giving me the illusion it will perform well.

Cons: Did not perform well.
I bought a XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-Bit about a year before this SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 and it performed far better from day one, and it lasted far longer. XFX still lasts 3 years after original purchase while Sapphire lasted 1 year after purchase.

Other Thoughts: I learned through this experience not to trust Sapphire graphics cards. From now on I will only be buying XFX cards!

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  • Rohan A.
  • 2/20/2013 8:22:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWas working great

Pros: The card WAS an absolute beast! It ran everything great and I was very happy with the purchase.

Cons: This card only has one con. It stopped working after about 7 months of normal usage. Or at least what I consider to be normal for this card. I mean, I did a fair amount of gaming, but nothing to wreck the card.

Other Thoughts: I think that you should purchase the card as it seems not many people have the problem that I had, but I am a bit disappointed.

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  • Tristan G.
  • 12/11/2012 7:21:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs Very good, solid card.

Pros: Works very well. No game I throw at it brings it to it's knees (discounting ARMA 2, can't max the settings on it - though that's not completely the card's fault). With the graphics maxed out, Battlefield 3 maintains a solid 60FPS at all times, regardless of explosions or the map size. Crysis 1 and Crysis 2 both maintain more than 60 FPS also, and Grand Theft Auto 4 runs maxed out too. Even with the graphics-enhancing mod for GTAIV, the game runs solid. The same applies to Skyrim - with the high resolution texture pack, the game runs beautifully.
If you're looking to purchase one of these for GPU computing such as Milkyway - do it. This baby can finish one of those projects in anywhere from 2-10 minutes.

Cons: When I updated to the latest drivers from Catalyst, I began having a crash issue. Vertical lines of any two colors would freeze the computer beyond any response, forcing me to manually reboot it. This wasn't due to overheating or anything like that - just a driver issue. Rolling back to the previous drivers (12.7, I believe) fixed this issue. No more colorful vertical line crashes. Not enough to dock a star seeing as it is a driver issue.

Other Thoughts: System:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB 384-bit GDDR5
MSI 970A-G46
G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB 1866 DDR3
Windows 7 64-Bit

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry that you have had issues with your driver.

Some driver issues when upgrading can be resolved by uninstalling the driver and performing a driver cleaner before reinstalling the newer driver.

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  • Minghui W.
  • 10/21/2012 12:52:56 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome~~~

Pros: awesome. cool n quiet ~~~
but i went water cooled.

i ran 2 of them in Xfire. never had a problem ,either with driver .
max out BF3 in my Benq 120mhz monitor so dam. nice. .

Cons: nothing... as of now.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/19/2012 6:39:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy guide to enabling full voltage control overclocking on HD7970. Brown PCB Dual-X vs. Blue PCB Sapphire 7970 OC Boost - what's the difference?

Pros: To overclock, this is what you need to do:

Step 1: Download the latest AMD drivers from the website, not from the CD.

Step 2: Download MSI AfterBurner version 2.2.1 or earlier. Versions 2.2.2 or after are missing 2 important .dll files that you need (atipdl64.dll and atipdlxx.dll). Alternatively, you need to find these 2 files and drop them into C:\Program Files (x86)\MSI Afterburner directory.

Step 3: Go to that MSI Afterburner directory and find a file called "MSIAfterburner.cfg". Right click mouse button, Open With Notepad.

Under the heading [ATIADLHAL] paste these 2 lines:
UnofficialOverclockingMode = 1
UnofficialOverclockingEULA = I confirm that I am aware of unofficial overclocking limitations and fully understand that MSI will not provide me any support on it

If 1 doesn't work, put 2. Now click File --> Save As "MSIAfterburner.cfg" as a Text Document and override existing .cfg file.

Now if you open MSI AB, you should see voltage control slider enabled. Now how to extend the GPU and memory clocks?

Step 4: Close MSI Afterburner. Download Asus GPU Tweak. Open it. Go to Settings, Tuning --> Tuning Setting. Check mark "Overclocking range enhancement". Press Apply. Your screen should flash black. Now you can close Asus GPU tweak and never need to force running it on Windows Boot up. This is a one time adjustment.

Step 5: Open MSI AB and you should be able to move GPU clock to 1710 depending and GPU memory to 2565 (or similar values).

Key note - the value you set in MSI AB is target voltage and actual voltage is in GPU-Z.

My results with ASIC 60.5%
- 1150mhz GPU clock at 1.174V MSI AB (1.086-1.088V in GPU-Z VDDC)
- 1200mhz GPU clock at 1.231V MSI AB (1.119-1.31V actual)

Won't overclock above this no matter how much voltage I apply.

If you want the fastest single-GPU this generation, pick up the Asus Matrix HD7970 as it hits 1275-1300mhz on air cooling which is faster than any GTX680 on air.

Cons: - No backplate
- If you need Dual-Link DVI, get a GTX670/680 card or you need a monitor with native display port connections (each Mini-Display port on this card drives 4096 x 2160 or 1080P @ 120Hz no problem).
- Got low ASIC quality of 60.5%. This would have been perfect for water overclocking but I am overclocking on air. For those of you who get > 80%, you'll do much better than me.

Other Thoughts: Currently Newegg carries this Sapphire Dual-X (11197-01-40G) card with a Brown PCB and a Sapphire 100351SR OC with Boost card with a Blue PCB. I went for this card because:

- This card has a larger vent so that more air gets exhausted out of the case (although most of it still gets dumped into the case). The other version has Dual-DVIs which blocks half the vent.

- This card comes 1 Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and 2 Mini-Display Ports. It ships with an Active-DisplayPort to DVI adapter which means you can drive 3x 1920x1080 screens in Eyefinity using . This adapter usually sells for around $30 but it's included with this card. The other card can also drive 3 monitors since it's a FLEX edition but you don't get the $30 cable. The Blue-PCB version is 1 Dual-Link and 1 Single-Link DVI so I don't see any advantage to having Dual-DVIs in that case.

- When you see an AMD card with letters "AMD" on the PCB near the PCIe connector, it means this Brown PCB version of the card is made on an AMD reference PCB (albeit with upgraded VRM to 5+2 setup, with 2 phases for the memory). Most importantly, reference AMD PCB means 100% full voltage control. The Blue PCB is made by Sapphire and from what I've read it has no voltage control. I've read that it sometimes works with Sapphire Trixx 4.4.0 but sometimes it doesn't.

- This version does not have GPU Boost, the Blue PCB version does (keep in mind the GPU Boost fluctuates from 950mhz to 1000mhz if you don't increase the PowerTune to +20% in CCC or MSI AB), while this version works at 1000mhz all the time with BIOS 2.

- The Blue PCB card is a GPU Boosted cards, just like Ghz Edition cards, often ship with locked voltages and/or high voltage of 1.212-1.256V. This Brown PCB card shipped with 1.174V in MSI AB that shows up as 1.086V in VDDC "Average" reading selected in GPU-Z. Perfect, as I didn't want an overvolted card from the factory for a measly 1 Ghz clocks and I knew the vanilla 7970 cards undervolt.

Regarding gaming performance, at 1150-1170mhz, HD7970 with latest drivers is as fast as a GTX680 at 1280mhz or so (checked various reviews). AMD is barely behind in BF3 (about 5% now with Cats 12.9 Betas) but has much faster performance than GTX680 in games that use next generation global illumination or are shader intensive such as Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite V2, Dirt Showdown, Metro 2033, Crysis games (even Crysis 2 is now faster on HD7970 GE over GTX680).

Overall, if you don't overclock at 1 Ghz from the factory, this card is as fast as a GTX680 on average for less $. If you do overclock, again it's as fast as a 1270-1280mhz GTX680.

Recently NV admitted that voltage above Kepler's stock of 1.175V + minor dynamic adjustment with Kepler GPU boost to 1.21V is the absolute maximum safe voltage without inducing electromigration and possibly damaging the GPU. Tahiti XT on the other hand is warrantied by AMD up to 1.256V and Asus Matrix 7970 allows up to 1.35V in GPU-Tweak. Just watch your VRM tempe

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  • Nick A.
  • 10/18/2012 7:02:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Runs cool, Good VRM cooling, relatively quiet.

Cons: Slight coil whine, but it is no worse than the other 3 7950s I owned. Barely noticeable in my Antec P183.

Other Thoughts: Coming from three, yes THREE bad HIS 7950s in a row I decided to go a different route and I am glad I did. I have a 7850 in my HTPC from Sapphire that's been flawless so I guess I should have just went with Sapphire in the first place.
I didn't win the OC lottery but I am currently running 1175/1550 at 1230mv. Surprising thing is at that speed/voltage I have yet to see the card go over 70c (well ventilated case and ~22-23c ambient) in any benchmark or game (not counting furmark).

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5 out of 5 eggsLoving it.

Pros: -Probably the quietest card I have ever owned
-Plays all my games at highest settings
-Easy to OC
-Runs cool
-Tons of accessories

Cons: -No back plate. I had to support it at the end with a zip tie to prevent the card from bending.

Other Thoughts: I finally upgraded from a 4770 and wow I'm impressed. Of course it is way more powerful and somehow much quieter compared to my old card. I consider my system fairly quiet and haven't noticed any sort of coil whine(thank goodness). I bought this card solely to play BF3 maxxed out and it has not disappointed me. I also don't understand how this card is so much cheaper than other 7970s. I plan on purchasing a second one in the next couple months. I would definitely recommend this card.

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  • Mr. H.
  • 10/8/2012 4:21:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Card

Pros: -Heatsink design is awesome
-Dual fans that are whisper quiet even at 50%
-OCed right out of the box
-Flawless on Ultra settings for anything I throw at it so far

Cons: -I don't like the fact it doesn't have a backplate
-A bit bigger than my Sapphire 5870 Eyefinity, so I had to rearrange some cables

Other Thoughts: I have used ATI/AMD since 2005 and have loved them. This is a GREAT high end card for any Radeon fan. I'm glad I finally went all out on top quality parts for this build.

Intel i7 ivy bridge 3770 OCed at 4 GHZ
Corsair Vengeance PC 12800 32GB RAM
ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Thermal Armor
WD Caviar Green 640GB HD
WD Caviar Black 1TB HD
Roswill Bronze Certified Modular 1000W PSU
Antec 1200 Full Tower

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  • Theodore N.
  • 10/8/2012 12:07:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo complaints yet

Pros: Ran furmark for 24 hours to see if it was stable and it lasted no problem. Overclocked the core over a ghz easy with stock volts and then 1200mhz easy with a little voltage tweak. After I tested it, I installed my koolance waterblock and didn't run into any problems. It now stays under 65 degrees on whatever game I play and tests such as furmark and Unigine.

Cons: None

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