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Sapphire Radeon 7870 FleX

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Posted June 25, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards
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Introduction

AMD Eyefinity allows users to essentially span multiple separate monitors into one large, singular desktop. Arguably the most popular configuration is the three-screens-wide format, and the lure of this to gamers is a massive field of vision across three screens. But Eyefinity has always had one very big asterisk: one monitor must have a native DisplayPort connection. DisplayPort monitors aren’t terribly popular, nor inexpensive, and certainly not as popular as screens with traditional DVI outputs. If you don’t have a DisplayPort screen do you go out and buy a new one? Likely not. Go buy an active display adapter to make Eyefinity work on non-DP screens? Perhaps, but that’s still not entirely a cheap prospect. What else? Well, this is where the Sapphire 7870 FleX comes into play.

What’s so special about a FleX graphics card? Well, FleX is unique to Sapphire and it supports Eyefinity out of the box with no need for expensive DisplayPort screens or adapters. The tech is built directly into the card itself, independent of the monitors being used. This means that any monitors with DVI ports can now run Eyefinity; no expensive DisplayPort is necessary. Of course, you still need three monitors to begin with, but no need to buy new monitors with special outputs.

We’ve seen a few other FleX models, most recently the 7950 FleX which proved rather worthy in terms of horsepower and cooling prowess, but succumbed to AMD’s pricing scheme that couldn’t quite compete with Nvidia’s GTX 670. This 7870 FleX is a bit less powerful, so the beauty of Eyefinity gaming might also be a bit less satisfying. But what about price? At about $350, it looks like Sapphire might again be at the mercy of AMD’s pricing. However, Nvidia doesn’t truly have a direct competitor to the Radeon 7870, so there might be something in AMD’s favour here, and Sapphire by extension as well.

We’ve typically found the Sapphire FleX cards to be very impressive, so let’s take a closer look at the Sapphire 7870 FleX and see if it has the power to tackle Eyefinity gaming.

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Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, Sapphire shepherds the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years Sapphire has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products.

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