Jan 31st, 2012
Sapphire HD 7950 Dual Fan OC Review @ HardwareCanucks
Usually when a new graphics card is launched it takes a while for the board partners to hightail it out of their usual “reference card funk” and move onto bigger and better things like better cooling solutions and higher clock speeds. The HD 7970’s release showed us that AMD’s supporters are moving along quicker than expected since some of them had overclocked, non reference products ready to go from day one. Now AMD is launching the more affordable HD 7950 and once again we’re about to see a wide variety of similarly pimped out versions straight out of the gate.
Being one of AMD’s premier board partners has allowed Sapphire to get a leg up on the competition in some regions and their new HD 7950 Dual Fan OC is looking to widen that lead even further. It features an overclocked core (don’t expect any massive performance increases here) and as you will see below, one hell of a heatsink design that not only looks great but also cuts down temperatures by a significant amount. For the record, Sapphire is asking $479 for this card, a small premium to pay for what should be one of the best HD 7950 versions available for the next little while.
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