This card appears to be a great buy due to the fact this cars gets a lot of good write ups and good statistics. The truth of the matter is however is that their is a technical fault with this range of cards which completely cripples it. The technical fault is supposedly to do with the capacitors in the card and were fixed several months before I bought two.
Both of the cards I bought had this fault and the manufactures basically tried to call me a liar saying that they did not believe I could have bought two broken ones. One card just repeatedly crashed any fame I played after about thirty minutes and I had to restart the entire computer every time. The other card just froze every so often when I played a game on the highest settings. It also caused the game to flicker on higher settings which was weird considering my previous card never did it.
After all the technical advice on how to fix the cards they still did not work. Ended up I was out several hundred pounds.
This is rather disappointing considering the card was an extremely good price and when it did work displayed the games graphics extremely well. The card dissipated heat that well that no matter how long I ran my computer for the thing was always running extremely cool. The card was east to install and I had no problems with the catalyst control centre like I have had in the past.
If the card had not had any of the problems it did and worked as it was meant to I reckon I could have got several years out of it so if anyone is willing to take a chance and gets a good working card then they would not be disappointed.
The SAPPHIRE HD 7800 series of graphics cards is based on the third family of GPU's from AMD built in its 28 nm process and featuring the highly acclaimed GCN graphics processing architecture.
The Sapphire HD 7870 GHz Edition is equipped with 2GB of the GDDR5 memory clocked at 1200 MHz (4.8 Gb/s effective) with the dual-extractor technology - Dual-X - a highly efficient multi-heatpipe cooler with dual fans providing quiet and very cool operation during normal operating conditions, and superb cooling performance even under extreme load.
|Product Description:||Sapphire RADEON HD 7870 - GHz Edition - graphics card - Radeon HD 7870 - 2 GB|
|Device Type:||Graphics card|
|Bus Type:||PCI Express 3.0 x16|
|Graphics Engine:||AMD Radeon HD 7870|
|Memory:||2 GB - GDDR5|
|Core Clock:||1000 MHz|
|Effective Memory Clock:||4.8 GHz|
|Interfaces:||DVI-I (dual link)
2 x Mini DisplayPort
|API Supported:||DirectCompute 11, DirectX 11.1|
|Package Type:||Lite retail|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|