Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Vapor-X Video Card Review

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.

Drivers used for testing:

  • Catalyst 12.9 Beta – All AMD Radeon HD Cards
  • GeForce 306.97 – All NVIDIA GeForce Cards

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

Intel LGA2011 Test System
Intel LGA2011 Test System

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard with BIOS 0906 that came out on 12/22/2011. The Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1866MHz quad channel memory kit was set to 1866MHz with 1.5v and 9-10-9-27 1T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD was run with firmware version 2.25.

The Intel X79 Test Platform






Live Pricing




Intel Core i7-3960X



ASUS P9X79 Deluxe



16GB Corsair 1866MHz


Video Card




Solid-State Drive


OCZ Vertex 3 240GB




Intel RTS2011LC


Power Supply

Corsair AX1200


Operating System


Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Video Cards Tested:

  • SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X 3GB – 1050MHz Core / 1500MHz Memory
  • SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X 3GB – 950MHz Core / 1250MHz Memory
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 680 TOP 3GB – 1137MHz Core / 1502MHz Memory

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X 3GB GPU-Z Information:

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X GPU-Z

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X 3GB GPU-Z Idle Temp:

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X GPU-Z
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