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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition DirectX 11 100354OC-2L 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 1050 MHz
  • 2 x DVI (1 Single Link, 1 Dual Link) 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1280 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16

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SAPPHIRE HD 7870 GHz Edition

The new SAPPHIRE HD 7800 series of graphics cards is based on the third family of GPUs from AMD, which are built by a new 28nm process and feature the highly acclaimed GCN graphics processing architecture.

The Sapphire HD 7870 GHz Edition is equipped with 2GB of the latest GDDR5 memory clocked at 1200MHz (4.8Gb/s effective) with the new dual-extractor technology 'Dual-X' - a highly efficient, multi-heatpipe cooler with dual fans providing quiet and very cool operation during normal operating conditions, and superb cooling performance even under extreme loads.

HDMI (with 3D)

Support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic, ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC.

Single-Link DVI-D

Supports Digital monitors up to 1920 x 1200 resolution.

DisplayPort 1.2

Doubling the effective bandwidth of previous DisplayPort implementations, DisplayPort 1.2 now includes support for Multi-Stream - driving up to four separate monitors from a single DisplayPort 1.2 connector (requires DP1.2 monitors or Multi-Stream compatible hub). Or choose a Stereoscopic 3D monitor display, and get a high quality, lossless 7.1-channel audio format along the way.

Dual-Link DVI-I

Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz.

Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology

GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory, delivering increased speed and higher bandwidth.

AMD Stream Technology

Accelerate the most demanding applications with AMD Stream technology and do more with your PC. AMD Stream Technology allows you to use the teraflops of compute power locked up in your graphics processor on tasks other than traditional graphics such as video encoding, at which the graphics processor is many times faster than the CPU alone.

AMD Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray Playback)

Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature-rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD)

AMD CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology

Triple or Quadruple gaming power with AMD CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology. AMD CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system.

AMD HD3D Technology

Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays, glasses, and software.

28nm GCN (Graphic Core Next) Architecture

New, 28nm GCN Architecture with more efficient process technology puts more transistors in less space, enabling a dramatic increase in Processing Power. Crank the settings, devastate your enemies and bear witness to absurdly high frame rates with AMD Radeon HD7000 series graphics cards. DirectX 11 has never looked this good! Maximum setting and crazy performance shouldn't be a compromise. The AMD Radeon HD7900 Series with the new 28nm GCN Architecture assures that it's not.

PCI Express 3.0

PCI-Express 3.0 delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe Gen 2 for faster GPU (GPU communication-up to 16GB/sec in each direction), maximizing the performance from your GPU when paired with the latest platforms.

AMD Eyefinity 2.0

The next generation of AMD Eyefinity technology is here, featuring all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation and brand new display configurations. Face it, the best just got better! Enhancements for AMD Radeon HD7000 series include: Stereo 3D-multi-display, stereoscopic 3D support via DisplayPort, and 16K X 16K maximum display group resolution - with output up to 268 megapixels per GPU.

*To support 3 displays, one of the monitors has to support DisplayPort. With Sapphire Flex Technology, this requirement will not be necessary.
**When running Microsoft Windows XP, Eyefinity Technology supports a maximum of two displays.

GHz Edition

The gigahertz barrier has been broken. Armed with a stunning 1GHz GPU based on the revolutionary GCN Architecture, the AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 GHz Edition (Selected model) is quite simply engineered to annihilate.

OpenGL 4.2

OpenGL 4.2 improves the GPU efficiency by improving the shader process operation and capturing GPU tessellated geometry. The process of modifying an arbitrary subset of compress texture is also simplified. The memory management in handling shaders is more efficient as well.

Best Microsoft DirectX11 Support

The tessellation performance on AMD Radeon HD7000 is up to two times faster than the previous generation, and DirectCompute performance is also faster to accelerate advanced post-processing, filtering, and anti-aliasing techniques. DirectX 11 games have never looked this good!

AMD Catalyst Control Center™

The AMD Catalyst Control Center™ software application gives you complete control over the performance and visual quality of your SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon™-based graphics card, allowing for the best experience on your PC.

Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio™ Support

Support for copy protected, high bandwidth, 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI. Get a fully immersive, high definition audio experience with the latest Blu-ray movies. (Requires a DVI to HDMI dongle on some models, an HD capable monitor and a Blu-ray drive)

Anti-aliasing features

Supports advanced AA (Anti-aliasing) features to maximize your enjoyment of high definition gaming.

  • Multi-sample anti-aliasing (2, 4 or 8 samples per pixel)
  • Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for superior quality
  • Adaptive super-sampling and multi-sampling
  • Gamma correct
  • Super AA (AMD CrossFireX™ configurations only)
  • All anti-aliasing features compatible with HDR rendering

Windows® Vista support

Integrate with Windows Vista to deliver the best 3D graphics control.

AMD PowerTune™ Technology

AMD PowerTune is a breakthrough technology that sets an entirely new direction for maximum performance at TDP. It allows the GPU to be designed with higher engine clock speeds which can be applied on the broad set of applications that have thermal headroom.

In the HD 7900 series, AMD PowerTune technology enables intelligent power monitoring for higher clock speeds and better performance in your favorite games

TriXX Utility

TriXX helps users to get the optimum performance from compatible SAPPHIRE graphics cards in any application by allowing them to monitor, tune and save different settings of key parameters for the card.

Microsoft Office 2010

Take advantage of improved picture and media editing capabilities in Office 2010. Edit and share your content in real time.

See more, and get more done. Enhanced productivity with accelerated GPU processing for Office applications.

Windows® 7 Support

Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) Certified drivers and logos are available for all SAPPHIRE HD2000, HD3000, HD4000 and HD5000 series cards ensuring compatibility and reliability with Microsoft Windows 7.

AMD App Acceleration

AMD App Acceleration is a set of technologies designed to improve video quality and enhance application performance. Full enablement of some features requires support for OpenCL, DirectCompute or DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA).

AMD PowerPlay with ZeroCore Power Technology

AMD PowerPlay is a power management technology in response to GPU loading, and AMD PowerPlay automatically manages the power consumption. AMD RADEON HD7000 Series with AMD ZeroCore Power Technology, the power consumption can be less than 3 Watts when idle, making the best use of power.

AMD HD Media Accelerator

AMD HD Media Accelerator has been designed to help optimize and dramatically improve video playback on your computer by taking advantage of hardware video acceleration from your AMD Radeon GPU. With full 3D stereoscopic decode you can enjoy it all in 3D. AMD HD Media Accelerator speeds up the decode of one 1080p and one 1080i HD video stream simultaneously, and the new hardware encodes your media content faster than ever!

Cutting-edge Quad HD Display Support (4K Support)

The display resolution on AMD Radeon HD7000 series is quadrupled to the resolution of 4K X 2K (4096 X 2160) from the outputs of DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Mark G.
  • 4/10/2015 9:23:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat performance for a great price till it dies.

Pros: In terms of gaming this card and a decent CPU will play contemporary (2015) 3D PC games at 1920*1080 on both Windows and Linux with no issues at 30 fps. 60 is a stretch requiring more optimization and lower resolutions.
This specific version of the 7870 uses the 'Pitcairn' chip which is not the fastest for GPU compute of the 7870 series ('Tahiti' are best), but it's fast enough. I've used mine for software defined radio, physics simulation, brute forcing a vanity Tor address, and even a little cryptocoin mining. If your application uses OpenCL this card is great.
It runs fairly cool and I've only ever seen core temps of ~70 C in very warm rooms in summer. Usually it stays near 60C under heavy load. The fan noise is quiet enough. I don't hear it. The fan bearings hold up well.
The price was very good for the performance.

Cons: The cons are significant though. Since the RMA process is such an integral part of buying this video card I've outlined it as well.

Sapphire's initial 7870 series cards were made with bad ceramic capacitors around the PWM power supply circuitry. The capacitors are the final stage of the PWM voltage regulator meant to turn the rapid on/off switching into it's average; a stable voltage. With incomplete voltage smoothing the cards will begin shutting off at random times due to voltage fluctuations. This results in a black/blank screen with a "no signal" message from the monitor. Reboots only temporarily fix it. This (eventually) kills the card.
My card began obviously dying at ~1.8 years in age. It took a week from my first blank screen to the final, permanent, failure. Luckily Sapphire's warranty extends 2 years.
Sapphire's USA RMA representative was helpful and polite. They seem to communicate by form letter. It took a bit over 2 weeks to go from me shipping the card back ($13) to me receiving the replacement. The replacement was not another 7870 but instead a Radeon HD 7950 3GB. Unfortunately it only has 1 DVI output and not 2 like this particular 7870 had. The RMA process is never fun and rarely is the replacement perfect but in this case I'm satisfied with the trade-off.

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  • James G.
  • 2/24/2015 5:58:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWas good while it lasted

Pros: Good price, decent power, reasonably quiet

Cons: Fans failed about a year in, website tech support is iffy at best.

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these cards at the end of 2013. One has a failed fan (despite being kept in a cleanroom, so we can't blame dust...) and the other is starting to sputter. Working with Sapphire to get RMA on the first.

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  • Daniel L.
  • 2/19/2015 3:20:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card for the price, when it was out.

Pros: - Takes on most programs on high without a hitch.
- Can go up to 82C before it gets glitchy if you want to heavily overclock it.
- Great price for the performance. (Best when I bought it in 09/2013.)

Cons: - Teeny bit loud when it's silent in the room.
- Doesn't overclock well.

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  • Andrew D.
  • 1/8/2015 10:09:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest two cards I've ever owned

Pros: It's run every game I've thrown at it at full settings with no loss.

Cons: Lotsa power draw. Get a bronze 80 PSU or pay the piper

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  • Nicholas B.
  • 11/23/2014 5:33:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Buy

Pros: Good price range
Great picture quality

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Bought the card a year ago, at the time it ran every game a threw at it max settings no problems. To date the only game that has ever challenged it has been Shadow of Mordor running the downloadable graphics upgrade. Even then gameplay was smooth, only stuttering in certain scenarios.

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  • Tyler W.
  • 11/6/2014 8:42:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card for the price

Pros: Runs great. Averaging 40-50 fps on ultra on most games while also running a second screen. Very happy with this card. I bought it when it was a little cheaper (179.99 I believe) but at 200 it is still a great card for a starter.

Cons: I've only run into a couple situations where my fps dropped super low (10-20) but that was under max load. Not many cons with this card.

Other Thoughts: Really powerful card for being only a 7870. The GHz edition is worth the extra price.

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  • Davie L.
  • 7/17/2014 3:00:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat Performance but so so Quality

Pros: Runs basically anything at top settings

Cons: Had it less than a year and now I have a bunch of artifacts getting displayed on games. It is just a matter of time before the thing completely breaks.

Other Thoughts: I saw the popularity of the brand and thought I was buying a quality brand. It seems that I was wrong.

I use my PC often, not only for play, but for work and school too. I have started the RMA process but I have to ship my card in. Now my PC will be down for who knows how long before I can even get a replacement. Also there is no real guarantee with refurbs.

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  • Ryan S.
  • 5/8/2014 8:13:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice performance

Pros: Graphics card works good and I rarely experience lag in games even on the highest settings.

Cons: No cons.

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  • Adam H.
  • 4/21/2014 3:55:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card so far

Pros: Easy overclock
Great bang for your buck ( Can max out bio-shock infinite )

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Not the newest card, but i couldn't be happier with it's performance

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  • Gregory D.
  • 4/5/2014 4:14:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card for the price

Pros: Good upgrade from previous card. Runs very cool and easy to install.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Getting older and only play certain games primarily do to time constraints. Plays both SWTOR and LOTRO on max settings with minimal occasional hesitation, and then only in dense areas. But it's only enough to notice and not detrimental to the game experience in any way. Very happy with the card.

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