Powered by the AMD Radeon HD 7790 GPU with the 28nm GCN Architecture, SAPPHIRE’s 100356-2GOCL graphics card supports Microsoft DirectX 11, AMD Eyefinity 2.0 technology, AMD PowerTune technology, AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology, and AMD HD3D technology. With these features, the 100356-2GOCL is ideal to provide gamers with an impressive experience featuring uncompromised performance and flawless graphics.
What’s more, the 2GB board features a new, cooler design: a dual heatpipe system and a single aerofoil section fan assembly – with dust repelling bearings – provide maximum efficiency and reliability. A unique feature is the integration into the cooling system of the metal backplate, which cools the memory chips on the reverse side of the pcb and helps with pcb rigidity. A finned heatsink, attached to the backplate, passes through the pcb and extends into the airflow from the fan on the front side of the card. This enables the airflow to carry away the heat from the components on the back of the pcb, and reduces memory temperatures to as low as 13 C.
Great card - but little expensive
Pros: Purchased this card for a quiet build with a 5800K APU and GAF2A85X inside a Fractal Design R4. This card runs very cool and rarely surpasses 50 Celsius, and the fan is inaudible. The backplate adds a nice touch to the card's aesthetics and does not become hot, it compliments the white LED aerocool fans installed in my case. Unlike longer higher end graphics cards, the pcb has remained flat without any signs of bending, and is quite light requiring only one 6 pin PCIE power cable. This card can overclock in addition to the factory overclocked speeds, but not something I have in mind, at least for the time being. The 2 GB is a nice feature over most other Radeon 7790s if the one intends to use all thi memory for multiple screens or for a specific application.
Cons: 2GBs adds a premium to the card over other 7790s.
Other Thoughts: Crossfiring this card with another 2GB 7790 will be a little too expensive. One can get more bang for the buck when buying a 7950 since it has essentially twice the specs of a 7790 (896 sp vs 1792 sp). Unless you plan to use two 7790s (shorter pcb) to try and match th performance of a 7950 (longer pcb) in a small computer build (if crossfire supported by app).
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Pros: Its a decent video card.
Cons: It doesnt really add that much over a 7770. The price point for this card is not worth it over a 7770. In real world benches the GT 650Ti Boost in much better for the same price.
Other Thoughts: I wished I had gotten the 650 Ti Boost.
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