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  • palladium - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    I believe the VRAM value for the column "Sapphire Toxic 7970GE 6GB "Stock"" should read 6GB? Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    Whoops. Noted and fixed. Thanks. Reply
  • RussianSensation - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    Ryan, in the last paragraph: "...performance or the prince of the reference 7970GE."

    prince => price

    Also, there is a Sapphire AMD Radeon VAPOR-X HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 OC that can already be found for < $460 USD.

    It obviously has a more modest 1000mhz core / 1050GPU boost but the same cooler that the TOXIC has.
  • raghu78 - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    At USD 458 the Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor-X 3GB is a better buy than GTX 680 at USD 500. Also the GTX 680 4GB VRAM models are selling for USD 600. the HD 7970 Vapor-X 3 GB is looking like a well designed HD 7970. Hopefully Ryan might review the Sapphire HD 7970 TOXIC 6 GB including overclocked performance. All the benefits of that card are present in the Vapor-X HD 7970 3GB which will give buyers an idea of what kind of performance and build quality they are getting. Reply
  • RussianSensation - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    Agreed. The price is now $448 after coupon code BIGBEN ($10 off). At less than $450, the Ghz edition is as fast as most GTX680s and with overclocking it will beat an overclocked 680. The cooler is also extremely quiet. NV charging almost $600 for 4GB GTX680s is laughable.

    I think they should review the Vapor-X 3GB instead. That card is very important imo since to me it obsoletes all GTX680s and enroaches on the $420-430 after market GTX670s.
  • raghu78 - Sunday, August 05, 2012 - link

    correct. newegg also has the Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor X 3GB for USD 450.

    Overclocked this card will beat the GTX 680 overclocked when compared across a wide range of games and has better price perf than the GTX 680 and GTX 670. Nvidia started out with a better product in March in terms of stock performance and price But its increasingly becoming clear that AMD has the better card now.
  • CeriseCogburn - Saturday, August 25, 2012 - link

    A grand total of 2 people have bought that card and commented so far raghu78... ROFLMHO

    The unverified commenter even says amd drivers suck, but he still has a 680 in the closet (gathering dust). Another amd fanboy liar, you decide... LOL

    The one verified got an 1150 core, NOT 1300 bub. he got +100 for 1600 on the mem - pathetic overall.

    It COSTS $470 dollars today end of Aug 2012, not 450...

    It's increasingly becoming clear amd fans have to lie always to attempt their failed argument.

    I won't even get into how the 680 and 670 stomp it.
  • Patflute - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    Who the hell would get the stock of the toxic for the same price. Reply
  • A5 - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - link

    They're the same card, just a BIOS switch on the board. Reading the article is usually helpful. Reply
  • RussianSensation - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    You read the article wrong. The TOXIC has 2 BIOS settings: (1) Stock (2) Lethal Button that elevates GPU clock to 1200mhz and memory to 6400mhz. It's 1 card with 2 of those BIOS settings listed in the chart. Reply
  • rbfowler9lfc - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    Why, why not 6 mDP? So much power, so few outputs Reply
  • Wreckage - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    $700!? LOL! They should just send you a garbage can to throw you money into. Reply
  • RussianSensation - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    Yes, it's definitely overpriced but compared to the main competition, GTX680 Lightning and EVGA GTX680 Classified, it eats them for breakfast once overclocked to 1250-1280mhz. The Classified in particular is a joke since you need to spend $70-80 for the EVBot just to unlock its voltage. The fan on the Classified is also nowhere near as good as this card. Reply
  • jabber - Thursday, August 02, 2012 - link

    Plenty of folks with little in the way of a life and that live to run benchmarks all day will be queuing up to by these.

    They should call them the "Single Guy Living in Parents Basement Edition"
  • Targon - Monday, August 06, 2012 - link

    The people who buy these don't run benchmarks all day, though they will run them on day 1 to verify that they are getting the performance they SHOULD get for their purchase. After that, I can see these cards as a good choice for a 3 or even a 6 monitor Eyefinity setup. If you want to run that sort of a setup, you need this sort of performance. Reply
  • Frallan - Thursday, August 09, 2012 - link

    However now that they have managed to get these chips out the door where are the 7970 M and 7950 M - they are missing in action and nVidia 660 rules the major brands top of the lines with some 680:s to spice it up from special providors.

    Is AMD/ATI missing out on the entire enthusiast mobile market?
  • Gastec - Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - link

    Why do you let this troll ( the CeriseCogburn) ruin the comments section? Why don't you ban him? Reply
  • mr echo - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - link

    im having a core 2 duo 2.93GHz 3 gig ram and im gegting a bravia so i was planning to buy this 7970 so i jst wanted to know that will my desktop b able go run all demanding games at 1080 x 1920 res every thing maxed at frame rates above 40


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