Packaging

The HD 7970's packaging is a little different than we have seen on past Sapphire cards but at the same time it still has a sapphire feel. The image on the front isn't your standard Ruby, this time they went with a rendering of a girl in camo. The front isn’t overloaded with information but you do have the model name and a few of required logos along the bottom for HDMI, PCI E, etc. There is also a sticker added on to the front pointing out the bundled HDMI cable. On the back we see the back point of view of the same rendering from the front of the packaging. There is a list of key features on the back with descriptions. As usual Sapphire includes a list of what is in the box and a pack of logos from different awards Sapphire has won in the past. Still no LanOC logo but rumor has it this will be updated soon for the New Year.

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Inside the HD 7970 is wrapped up in a static bag that is also made of bubble wrap for extra protection. The card is sitting in a recycled paper formed tray. Under that tray there is a box with all of the HD 7970's accessories. Speaking of accessories Sapphire has bundled a whole collection of adapters including both power and video adapters.

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Arxon's Avatar
Arxon replied the topic: #22116 10 Jan 2012 14:44
Dear god that thing is a BEAST!
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Dreyvas replied the topic: #22118 10 Jan 2012 18:16
Was hoping to see some BF3 benchmarks, but looking awesome otherwise. :D
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L0rdG1gabyt3 replied the topic: #22119 10 Jan 2012 18:24
That is an amazing piece of hardware. Compared to the 580s which run $499, the amount of performance gain you get going to this card for just another $50 is really a great deal!

I hope to hear something from nVidia pretty soon on their Kepler cards.....
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THUMPer replied the topic: #22120 10 Jan 2012 18:56
hardocp.com/article/2012/01/09/amd_radeo...performance_review/5

They also OC great. Here are some BF3 benchies
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lonewolf170 replied the topic: #22647 08 Feb 2012 08:46
ugh, seeing these all make me realize how behind I am with my crossfire 5750's...
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Wingless92 replied the topic: #22648 08 Feb 2012 08:48
Yea, those are getting long in the tooth. It all depends on what resolution that you play at. 1920x1200 and lower you don't need a "Monster" card to run games at. A 6870 would be just fine. Then again, it depends on what game that you're playing and how much eye candy you want on.
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lonewolf170 replied the topic: #22649 08 Feb 2012 08:52

Wingless92 wrote: Yea, those are getting long in the tooth. It all depends on what resolution that you play at. 1920x1200 and lower you don't need a "Monster" card to run games at. A 6870 would be just fine. Then again, it depends on what game that you're playing and how much eye candy you want on.


Yea I haven't really played anything new recently. LoL, SC2, BF3 run fine so far. My last comp I ran into the ground. 4 years on a single Nvidia 9600...
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #22650 08 Feb 2012 08:56
what resolution? BF3 on high settings can be demanding
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lonewolf170 replied the topic: #22652 08 Feb 2012 09:12
1920 X 1080 on auto settings. Mostly on high though.

EDIT: I hardly play though. Got the game for $10 and haven't played since alpha... I'm lvl one still...

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