Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X

Conclusion

When I received the HD 7950 Vapor-X edition I sometimes get a little jaded and assume everything is a gimmick with some of this stuff now days. Well after using the card for a while I can confirm Sapphire has what it takes to build a very powerful card and it shows in the performance I got from this one here.

The card comes out of the box overclocked and even has a boost BIOS for even more free performance. For those power users who want even more there is a lot left on the table just waiting for it to be tweaked and tuned to even more amazing performance. The cooler is no joke as the Vapor-X design keeps even my super high overclock nice and chilly without any excessive fan noise which is always an awesome thing to see. In the case of cooling solutions Sapphire is simply doing it right.

The only real complaints I have is that I do not see why Sapphire chose to leave the memory untouched as there is huge potential here as well and could easily have pushed the card into new regions of performance in testing.

When it comes to choosing a graphics card for your gaming rig there are many factors to consider. For all of the ones I see mattering Sapphire built it the right way in the HD 7950 Vapor-X and this makes it a card I can highly recommend to anyone looking for a card that simply works and works awesome no matter what you want to do.

 

OUR VERDICT: Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X
Performance 9
Value 9
Quality 9.5
Features 9.5
Innovation 9
We are using a new addition to our scoring system to provide additional feedback beyond a flat score. Please note that the final score isn’t an aggregate average of the new rating system.
Total 9.5
Pros Cons

Amazing Overclockability

Stays Cool & Quiet

Cool looks

Solid build quality

Supports large amount of displays

Available Boost BIOS

Excellent temps

Competitive price

Memory could benefit from out of the box overclock

 

Summary: The Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X gives the appearance of some serious performance and delivers even more. It can overclock like nobody’s business and stays cool and quiet in the process. For this it earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.

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