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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 DirectX 11 100352-3L 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Not really any.

Cons: I'd ordered seven (7) 7950s since they've been out, of those only 2 are still fully operational and have not failed catastrophically. One from Gigabyte, two from MSI and four from Sapphire. Of those only one MSI and one Sapphire have managed to remain fully operational in varying loads from high-end gaming to web-browsing and everything in between.

The failure rate on the HD7950s is VERY HIGH within the first year. Of these, MSI is the BEST. Not that they don't break down, because it seems a facet of the card itself but MSI does a GREAT job in helping the RMA process go smoothly.

Sapphire by far is the WORST for RMAing. Not only do they have some parts of their selection process in broken English or flat out with Chinese character but the process is clunky and seems absolutely designed to hinder you. Making it so you, the user who had one of THEIR products fail simply give up because the hassle is too high.

I started an RMA on three cards at the same time just this last week to see how they compare. MSI promptly approved the RMA and gave explicit instructions on how to package and send it. Gigabyte actually answered first but it was only to tell me my RMA was under review, a day after MSI approved Gigabyte did.

Then we have Sapphire. Not only did it take two additional days after Gigabyte approved (counting business days only) my RMA, and it was not an approval, instead Sapphire asked me for proof of receipt, which is usually reserved for claiming a rebate.

I got on Newegg, pulled my receipt and then sent it to the address they asked. The following day I get another message from them on my ticket request for RMA and they now want me to fill out a form AND send my receipt AGAIN. I'm still not approved for an RMA and it's been nearly five days after Gigabyte approved me, which was three business days after I originally sent the request.

Sapphire used to be lauded as one of the best companies for ATI/AMD (whichever you prefer to call it) graphics cards. Now it seems like a joke. It's laughably obvious that they're attempting to make the process as incumbering as possible so people just give up and don't bother. It's less work for them, but is really terrible customer service.

I would HIGHLY recommend people NOT buy a 7950, but if you do DO NOT buy it from Sapphire.

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7950 DirectX 11 GV-R795WF3-3GD 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's a 7950, decent fan. Clocks better/cooler than your average reference heatsink/fan combo.

Cons: This card is VOLTAGE LOCKED, you can flash the bios but it won't do you any good. Gigabyte is SEVERELY letting down its customers, these things ship with an average ASIC of 58% (quite low!).

You'll likely get the FZ1 bios which is 1,000mhz core and 1,250mhz mem clocks. But it comes at a whopping 1.25v. If you flash to a F43 you can get the same on 1.09v. Most people I know can't get beyond 1050mhz/1400mhz stable on stock voltage. The card is actually MORE stable on the F43 with the lower voltage. On the FZ1 with higher voltage and a higher base clock pushing 1050mhz core often leads to instabilities.

Gigabyte has really let its customers down by forcibly voltage locking their cards! DO NOT BUY! You can buy a much better card that isn't voltage locked, like the Sapphire (non vapor-x) 7950. Hell even the MSI is less likely to be voltage locked. If you're looking for a good card to run on stock, buy elsewhere. Running the FZ1's 1.25v through your card will damage your card overtime and a customer SHOULD NOT be required to flash a bios (a very risky and dangerous thing) just to have less voltage running through it.

I have done everything in my power to try and lift the voltage lock, nothing at all has worked. I will NEVER buy another gigabyte product again and I'm urging everybody I can to do the same. It's a shame because they used to be a good company.


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Display Name: Brandon A.

Date Joined: 01/04/06

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  • First Review: 03/04/13
  • Last Review: 07/15/14
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