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Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X

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Posted August 29, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards
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Price at time of Review: $470
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great performance, factory overclock, outstanding temperatures, low noise, strong overclocking, EZ OC button
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Overpriced compared to GTX 670
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Impressive performance and outstanding cooling that's dampened by AMD's high pricing.
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by Jake
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Introduction

As we’ve seen AMD and Nvidia bounced back and forth with their latest product launches, the Radeon 7970 isn’t exactly a new model. In fact, it’s the eldest of the bunch so it’s a bit interesting that we’re looking at the Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X today. Considered a bit further, and it’s not terribly surprising though, as Nvidia’s Kepler lineup has made quite a splash in the market, and AMD is likely driving to impress consumers in response. Sapphire is also known for producing several custom variations of flagship Radeon cards, and the Vapor-X has a long lineage in the Sapphire family. Today is no different.

The Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X comes with a custom cooler, and if history is any indication, we expect very big things from this Vapor-X technology, as Sapphire typically produces some of the coolest-running Radeon cards out there. Perhaps more importantly, however, the 7970 Vapor-X sports a factory overclock, to the tune of a 1GHz clock speed. This should provide enough of a speed boost for it to better competes against the competition’s offerings.

Can the Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X live up to the expectations? Let’s find out.

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