- 1792 Stream Processors
- 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0 x16
Fantastic Upgrade 02/16/2012
Well what can I say? Coming from a 5770, this is a massive upgrade. I can't get over how quiet this thing is. Games like BF3, and Desert Strike (Starcraft 2) run beautifully, liquid smooth, maxed out at 1920x1200. I haven't even started overclocking the card, so it's running at the stock O.C. of 900mhz. I have two 24" 1920x1200 monitors running through Display Port, and there's no slow down in any games when one is idle.
Let's face it, the card is expensive, way more than I'd care to spend, but I did it anyway. I plan to have this card for 2-3 years, so I see it as a reasonable purchasing decision. My last splurge on a high-end card was a Nvidia 7800GT, and had that for almost 4 years.
My system it's plugged into:
Core i7 920 @ 3.6ghz
ASUS P6T X58
12GB DDR3 1600
4 HDD / 1 SSD / 1 ODD
SeaSonic X650 PSU
2 add-on cards on my mobo (PCIe and PCI)
Fractal Design R3 Case
I've had no trouble with random restarts or power issues. The power efficiency of this card is unbelievable (roughly 3-6 watts on idle). If you go crossfire, I'd absolutely recommend NO LESS than a strong high quality 850W PSU (preferably 1000W).
Out of all the 7950's I've seen in reviews, this Sapphire OC has scored higher marks than any, mainly due to its excellent cooling, low noise, and will overclock well. I almost bought the XFX version, but glad I didn't. It tested much louder, a bit hotter, and didn't have as high of an OC ceiling. Only thing I like about the XFX over the Sapphire is it looks cooler. (not a good buying factor).
THIS IS THE 7950 TO GET. Pay the extra $30 for this magnificent cooler, which is ooooh so quiet. :D
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