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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 DirectX 11 21197-00-40G 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • 1 x DVI 1 x HDMI 2 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16

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The SAPPHIRE HD 7970 is the first graphics card in the world to incorporate the latest generation of GPU’s from AMD built on a new 28nm process and featuring the revolutionary new GCN (Graphic Core Next) architecture. The HD 7970 is the most powerful single chip GPU ever built with native support for PCI Express 3.0 and Microsoft DirectX 11.1. It has a new internal structure with 32 compute units and a total of 2048 Stream processors. It ships with a core clock speed of 925MHz, and a new 384-bit high speed memory interface with over 264GB/sec memory bandwidth connects to a large 3GB array of the latest DDR5 memory. Get higher clocks and faster gaming with AMD PowerTune technology while keeping idle power consumption to a minimum with AMD ZeroCore Power technology. A new version of the SAPPHIRE overclocking tool, TriXX is also available for enthusiasts wishing to maximize performance.

  • newegg New GCN Architecture for Leading DirectX 11 Performance AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series (codename Tahiti) boasts the world's first 28nm GPU architecture which is optimized for gaming and compute. The Tahiti GPU features up to 32 Compute Units, each with 64 Vector Units for up to 2048 Stream Processors, along with dual geometry engines and 8 Render Back ends than can process 32 color ROPs and 128 Z/Stencil ROPs per clock. Backed by 384-bit 3GB of GDDR5 memory, AMD Radeon HD 7970 with GCN Architecture realizes an improvement of over 150% in performance/sq mm over the prior generation.
  • newegg Next Generation AMD Eyefinity Technology & AMD HD3D AMD Eyefinity 2.0 features all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation, brand new display configurations and an expanded and more immersive field of view. With full support for 3GHz HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 is set to drive next generation displays at up to 4K resolution. The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is also backed by AMD’s open 3D initiative for stereo 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D movies.
  • newegg Refined AMD PowerTune Technology & AMD ZeroCore Power Technology Designed with the most advanced power management features, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 is equipped with the intelligence to convert unused power headroom into extra performance by dynamically controlling clock speeds, allowing gamers advanced performance inside of the power envelope they specify. AMD ZeroCore Power technology found in the AMD Radeon HD 7970 enables lower idle power than any other currently available graphics card. With support for AMD CrossFire technology, AMD ZeroCore Power eliminates wasted power, as well as additional heat and noise from extra cards when you are not using them.
  • newegg Enhanced Multi-GPU Capabilities with PCI Express 3.0 AMD CrossFire technology is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Unlocking game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire technology, coupled with native support for PCI Express 3.0, will allow for unprecedented bandwidth in TriFire and QuadFire configurations.
  • newegg Discrete Digital Multi-Point (DDM) Audio DDM Audio provides multiple independent audio streams for audio-capable displays via DisplayPort or HDMI signals. DDM Audio delivers unique experiences in cases where multi-display video conferencing, directional audio or multi-room entertainment hubs are being used.
  • newegg AMD App Acceleration AMD App Acceleration lets you speed up applications and enjoy brilliant video. Enjoy improved GPGPU performance and new features including Video Codec Engine (VCE) in many top media, entertainment and everyday productivity applications powered by the unprecedented 28nm GCN Architecture. AMD Radeon HD 7970 fully supports DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL 1.2, enabling broad application support today and tomorrow.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great card. 5/12/2015 6:50:09 AM

Pros: Quiet. Fast.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I bought this for my Uncle who used it for a while. When his machine blew, he gave the card to me. I have it paired with a R9-280x in Xfire. It works flawlessly.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
DON'T buy this card. 1/26/2015 1:38:29 PM

Pros: Easy Catalyst interface, can be quite when you need it to be.
Easy to setup?

Cons: Broke after 1 year, can't be replaced. Gets hot quick. Limited display adapters.

Overall Review: I bought this card, and just barely over one year later it broke. Wouldn't recomend, do some research first.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
failed after 2.2 years. 5/2/2014 12:34:04 PM

Pros: Top products at the moment
No problems while it worked

Cons: It broke after a little over 2 years. Sapphire wont do anything (and it is fair i guess)

Overall Review: I am very disappointing in the quality of this video card.
I expected my 550 dollars would be a better investment considering my older video cards' quality.
And the worst part of course was that it died right after warranty ended. I highly recommend, to avoid sapphire products or at least consider products with better warranty.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
3/4/2014 12:26:40 PM

Pros: Excellent card while it lasted. Never noticed it running hot like some others had complained of. Always ran anything I threw at it on ultra settings.

Cons: Short life span

Overall Review: Just like Keith J, I have owned mine for 2 years about about 3 weeks and this morning mine died. Of course since I am just outside the 2 year warranty I am pretty much just out of luck. Definitely will not be dealing with Sapphire again. For almost a $600 video card to say that I'm disappointed it only lasted 2 years is an understatement. If you are set on this card, please splurge for a longer warranty.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Short Warrenty 2/20/2014 12:05:20 PM

Pros: Fast and cheep compared to the NVidia alternatives

Cons: Died 2 years 1 month after Purchase, and Sapphire is about the only one with a 2 year warranty on their GPUs. It is also much louder than my Titan and run hotter.

Overall Review: I will not be buying from sapphire again, and will be going with someone with a longer warranty period.

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Manufacturer Response:
We are very sorry that you have had problems with your graphics card.

The "Blower" Cooler on the reference AMD designed card is louder than our custom coolers that are also available.

We offer Dual-X, Vapor-X and TOXIC coolers which offer superior cooling and noise performance. Alternatively our ULTIMATE series offers totally silent cooling.
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Very Nice 11/24/2013 12:19:04 PM

Pros: Great GPU so far I can play all my games on max setting with no trouble. I bought 2 of these. They are crazy powerful in crossfire. For fun turn the GPU fan to 100% you will be surprised at how loud it can get. This card rocks.

Cons: None

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Card! 11/22/2013 7:33:00 PM

Pros: Works fantastically. Great performance in game, well worth the price. Haven't had any problems with it.

Cons: Can get very loud when the fan gets all the way up.

Overall Review: Would definitely recommend this card!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Very nice video card. 11/6/2013 10:49:37 PM

Pros: Really good frames per second for multiple games such as Battlefield 4 and Batman Origins. Looks nice aesthetically.

Cons: The fans can get pretty loud. Under load, the temperature is really high if fans aren't revved to a high 70%-80% fan speed.

Overall Review: Thinking about buying another in the distant future to run crossfire x. It's weird that my card came used, The shrink wrap or plastic cover for the card itself wasn't there like in other cards. And there was also white spots on the card; similar to battery acid when I opened the packaging.

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