Introduction to the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 FleX
AMD's Radeon HD 7950 has been on the market for a couple of months now, and still can offer a considerable amount of performance which makes it one of the best performers for the money. Currently, the chip is topped by it's big brother the Radeon HD 7970 by a few percentage points, but costs $100 more on the average. If you have to loot to spend on the HD 7970 is a good choice to make, but if you are on the fence then the HD 7950 will simply not disappoint. Since its release we have seen several variations of cards based on the HD 7950 chip, from all the different manufacturers that deal with AMD and their graphic solutions; Sapphire Tech is one of those companies.
At the time of writing, Sapphire have a total of five models based on the HD 7950, which goes by the codename Tahiti Pro and is part of AMD's "Graphics Core Next" chips in the Southern Islands family. Sapphire's variations have ran with speeds from the reference 800MHz up to an overclocked 950MHz model for more all-out performance, which suffice to say is barely breaking a sweat for these chips thanks to it's 28nm manufacturing process. Cooling methods have also differed in the various models as well which range from the basic reference cooler to more advanced designs of their own with multiple heat pipes and fans.
One thing that all the different models, from all the different manufactures have one common is that in order to run AMD’s EyeFinity 3 feature you need to either include at least one monitor that has a DisplayPort capability, or are using some type of adapter to convert DisplayPort into the connection your monitor supports. At least that is the case except for the model we are about to touch on today, the Sapphire FleX HD 7950 3GB, which can run this Eyefinity with all the monitors being DVI. How about that for saving a few dollars? And at the moment, this is the fastest Radeon card that can do that.
Sapphire’s take on the 7950 FleX
The SAPPHIRE HD 7950 FleX is now the highest performing card with this feature, allowing gamers to use low-cost DVI monitors for all three screens. Additional monitors can be added to the setup, but must be DisplayPort connected. With its core clock speeds of 860MHz and 1250MHz (5 Gb/sec effective) for the memory this model is faster than the HD 7950 standard edition and brings easy to configure multi-screen enjoyment to even hard-core gamers.