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Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 925MHZ 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-E Video Card

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Part #: 11197-11-40G

SKU: 79472
Shipping Weight: 3.6 lbs
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Sapphire HD 7970 3GB runs at 925 MHz and memory clock at 5500 MHz effective.Based on AMD's Graphics Core Next architecture, the SAPPHIRE HD 7970 3GB supports all the latest demands of multi-screen applications, multi-threaded Application Acceleration with stream processing, fast HDMI support for high resolution and stereoscopic 3D displays and all the Direct Compute features incorporated in the latest operating systems. In addition, users will be able to individually tune the card with SAPPHIRE TriXX, the company's free to download software tool that allows key parameters to be adjusted for maximum performance.

Quick Specs:
Host Interface PCI Express 3.0 x16
Platform Supported PC
Standard Memory 3 GB
Thickness 1.6"
API Supported DirectCompute 11 DirectX 11.1 OpenGL 4.2 OpenCL 1.2
Form Factor Plug-in Card
Length 11"
Cooler Type Fan Cooler
Memory Technology GDDR5
Height 4.7"
Bus Width 384 bit
Multi-GPU Technology CrossFireX
Number of Monitors Supported 3
Dual Link DVI Supported Yes
Chipset Manufacturer AMD
Chipset Model HD 7970
Chipset Line Radeon
Chipset Series HD 7000
DisplayPort Yes
Slot Space Required Triple
Number of DisplayPort Outputs 1
Number of HDMI Outputs 1
GPU Clock 925 MHz
Total Number of DVI Outputs 2

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General Information  
     Brand Name: Sapphire
     Manufacturer: Sapphire, Inc
     Manufacturer Part Number: 11197-11-40G
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Name: Radeon HD 7970 Graphic Card
     Product Type: Graphic Card
     DisplayPort: Yes
     Dual Link DVI Supported: Yes
     DVI: Yes
     HDMI: Yes
     Host Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
     Number of DisplayPort Outputs: 1
     Number of HDMI Outputs: 1
     Total Number of DVI Outputs: 2
     Bus Width: 384 bit
     Memory Speed: 5500 MHz
     Memory Technology: GDDR5
     Standard Memory: 3 GB
     Platform Supported: PC
     System Requirements:
  • PCI Express based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
  • 1X75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express power connector is required
  • Certified power supplies are recommended
  • 4096MB Minimum of system memory
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive
  • Blu-ray / HD DVD playback requires Blu-ray / HD DVD drive
  • For an AMD CrossFireX system, a second same AMD Radeon graphics card, an AMD CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one AMD CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card (optional) are required
  • 500 Watt Power Supply is required
  • 850WattPower Supply is recommended for CrossFireX System
  • 1X150 Watt 8-pin PCI Express power connector is required
  • 4X150 Watt 8-pin PCI Express power connector is required for CrossFireX system
  • 64-bit operating system highly recommended
  • Use of 3 or more displays with AMD Eyefinity technology requires a DisplayPort-capable panel or an AMD Eyefinity-validated dongle

Operating System(s):

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

Physical Characteristics  
     Cooler Type: Fan Cooler
     Form Factor: Plug-in Card
     Height: 4.7"
     Length: 11"
     Slot Space Required: Triple
     Thickness: 1.6"
Processor & Chipset  
     Chipset Line: Radeon
     Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
     Chipset Model: HD 7970
     Chipset Series: HD 7000
     GPU Clock: 925 MHz
     Number of Stream Processors: 2048
Technical Information  
     Analog Signal: Yes
     API Supported: DirectCompute 11
DirectX 11.1
OpenGL 4.2
OpenCL 1.2
     Digital Signal: Yes
     Features: Stream Technology
Avivo HD Technology
AMD HD3D Technology
Eyefinity 2.0
PowerTune Technology
Advanced Parallel Processing Technology
PowerPlay Technology
ZeroCore Power Technology
Dual-fan Cooler
     Maximum Resolution: 4096 x 2160
     Multi-GPU Technology: CrossFireX
     Number of Monitors Supported: 3
     Shader Model: 5.0

Customer Reviews of SAPPHIRE 11197-11-40G

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Experience: 1 Months


- Quiet
- Runs Cools
- Fast!
- Supports Voltage adjustment for the Core
- Sapphire Rebate is fast and painless, and you are constantly kept informed about your rebate status
- 2 X 8-pin PCI-E connectors vs 6-pin and 8-pin on reference design (very minor Con)
Overall, it's an amazing card. I was using 2 X overclocked Radeon HD 5850's before-hand, and the performance improvement was quite impressive.

Not exactly the GPU's fault (driver or BIOS related maybe)...the card doesn't overclock as much as anticipated.

My particular card that I received runs at 1.075V versus 1.175V or 1.200V on other cards. I can increase the voltage up to say...1.200V through Sapphire TriXX, but due to the drivers or something, it is unstable. Say I Overclocked my card to 1150 / 1400 (5600 effective).

Monitoring the GPU temperatures and frequency clocks:
1) The Core voltage would randomly drop  down back to ~1.075V even though I have set it to 1.200V

2) This seems to cause the GPU to become unstable so the Core and Memory clocks drop s down to 2D speeds THEN down to idle speeds for a few quick seconds.

3) Card then RAMPs back up to the OC'ed 3D speeds (1150 / 1400) BUT using 1.075V NOT THE MANUALLY SET 1.200V

4) Card becomes unstable. Driver Continously crash & recover UNTIL I reboot the computer or Game (i.e. BF3) crahses out and receive an error message saying:

DirectX Error
DirectX Function "GetDeviceRemovedReason" failed with DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG: Device hung due to badly formed commands...

Other than the above issue, GREAT card.

This review was modfied by poster @ 05-03-13 04:53 PM

Experience: 2 Days


Can play today's games in 1080P in the highest settings
Very overclockable
Very big card - takes up a little more than two slots
I just got this card after upgrading from a Radeon 5870, which was the flagship card from 2009. The difference is huge and I can now play Skyrim at 1920 x 1200 in Ultra settings while running smooth. This is a great upgrade and I'm glad I waited a bit for the price to drop.

This review was modfied by poster @ 04-17-13 04:22 AM

Experience: 3 Days


Cool and Quiet
None at all
Awesome card. I took 2 of them after the XFX failed me with its jet engine coil whine along with artefacting all the time. So I went back to the store and grabbed 2 of these and I am not looking back. They can OC like crazy and still run k65 degrees Celsius k100% load. I mean what more can you ask from Sapphire, maybe a lifetime warranty. XFX need to learn how to make better coolers like Sapphire and ASUS.

Experience: 2 Weeks


Very powerful graphics card. Can overclock well, but gets a little loud.
Comes with the Never settle game bundle, which is a plus if you like gaming.
Not a reference design PCB, cannot buy a full coverage waterblock if you are looking to watercool.
Bought this to replace a Radeon 5850, so far it is a great upgrade.
The card is fairly quiet if you keep it at stock or even just with a mild overclock, but if you really push it the fans become noticeable.
Was thinking about watercooling my PC, unfortunately this card is non-reference design.
It's not the end of the world, but I cannot push the card as hard as I originally planned. Or if I do it will be extremely loud.

2 weeks of use, found the sweet spot for overclocking+ heat/noise ratio.
The downside is it heats up my room!

Excellent card overall.

This review was modfied by poster @ 03-01-13 04:34 PM

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