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4 out of 5 eggs terrific hardware with terrible linux drivers from AMD 02/07/2013

This review is from: SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros:

This is a really well-engineered card with an extensive heatspreader covering both VRM and memory. That shows up in reviews that add thermal imaging of the card, such as in hardware . fr. The VRM area there only got to 75 degrees, just 5 degrees warmer than the GPU.

Seems very high quality GPU cooler also.

Cons:

I installed this card on my linux PC and was shocked to see only half of the FPS I was getting from the 560Ti that this card was going to replace. That's using the AMD linux driver, which showed it was working with the card, displayed temperature, etc., but got less than 30 FPS on intensive OpenGL apps. That's not even trying. Of course, it's not Sapphire's fault, they made a great card but the driver comes from AMD. The 7950 GPU has been out for a year and their linux driver is still just going through the motions.

The only egg I'd deduct from Sapphire is because of the 2 year warranty instead of the usual 3 years.

Other Thoughts:

I really wanted a Radeon 7950 as my next card since its video benchmarks were much better than my 18 month old 560Ti. But there's no way to use it without a good driver from AMD.

This was surprising because AMD's professional graphics cards do have very good linux support. Better stick with Nvidia for linux from now on.

A lot of time spent discovering this outstanding hardware product from Sapphire.

My setup: ASUS P6X58-E WS | Intel Xeon W3690 | MSI GTX-560 Ti 2GB | Creative X-Fi | Seasonic X-650 | Silverstone FT-02 | Akasa Freedom Tower

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