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Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC

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Posted January 31, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards
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Introduction

When AMD launched the 7000 series graphics cards not long ago with the release of the 7970, they made changes were designed to move forward, with a new architecture and new expectations. Nvidia’s GTX 580 flagship card couldn’t stand up to the new powerhouse from AMD, as the 7970 was significantly faster, firmly sitting atop the mountain as king of the single GPU cards. And as expected, successive models one rung down on the performance ladder are now launching. And so we have the Radeon 7950.

Specifically we’re looking at the Sapphire HD 7950 OC today, it’s the overclocked version of the AMD design, and also comes with a customized air cooler. As we’ve come to expect from Sapphire, excellent cooling is a hallmark of their designs, and today may be no different with this new card.

We know the 7970 is a perfomance monster, but what about the 7950? Is it strong enough to fend off the GTX 580? Framerates tell some of the story, but what about temperatures? Power consumption? Gaming value? Let’s take a closer look at the Sapphire HD 7950 OC and answer those questions for you.

Sapphire

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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