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Sapphire launches Radeon HD 7950 FleX Edition 3GB

Sapphire launches Radeon HD 7950 FleX Edition 3GB

Sapphires new Radeon HD 7950 FleX Edition 3GB offers three-way Eyefinity on standard DVI monitors out-the-box.

Sapphire has announced the first AMD Radeon HD 7000 series graphics card to include its FleX technology for three-way Eyefinity out of the box.

The Sapphire HD 7950 FleX Edition 3GB becomes the company's most powerful FleX-enabled graphics card to date, bringing the multi-display technology to the Radeon HD 7000 family for the first time - along with boosted clocks of 860MHz core and 1,250MHz memory for the performance enthusiasts.

FleX, for those who haven't come across it before, it Sapphire's solution to the problem of out-of-the-box Eyefinity support. A reference-design Radeon HD 7000 board typically requires at least one monitor in a three-way Eyefinity single large surface (SLS) setup to support DisplayPort. With that still being a rare sight on consumer-grade kit, many gamers turn to active DisplayPort to DVI or HDMI adapters - additional expense on top of the cost of the card.

Sapphire's FleX aims to alleviate this issue by providing a pair of DVI ports and an HDMI port on the card, along with a bundled HDMI to DVI passive adapter. The result: a board which is ready for a three-way Eyefinity setup with affordable DVI monitors straight out of the box.

As well as bringing FleX support to the Radeon HD 7000 series for the first time, the board also features Sapphire's latest cooling system. Dubbed Dual-X, the custom cooler features a set of heatpipes in carefully graduated sizes, designed to evenly distribute the GPU's heat output across the heatsink. Two aerofoil fans with dust-repelling bearings provide the active cooling, with Sapphire claiming particularly quiet performance even during extended gaming sessions.

The Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Flex Edition 3GB is appearing in the UK sales channel now, with the cheapest price at the time of writing provided by Kikatek at £328.96 delivered.

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tad2008 31st May 2012, 12:19 Quote
Eyefinity out of the box, nice!
Triple DVI, fail! Triple HDMI would have been preferred in my book.
dactone 31st May 2012, 13:41 Quote
why would you want 3 HDMI ? they only support up to 1080p.
sb1991 31st May 2012, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by dactone
why would you want 3 HDMI ? they only support up to 1080p.

HDMI has supported 2560×1600 since version 1.3 (released back in 2006). Pretty sure the latest standard does 4k.
dactone 31st May 2012, 13:52 Quote
oh respect :)
fdbh96 31st May 2012, 13:58 Quote
How does this card compare to the 670 which is the same price?
veato 31st May 2012, 14:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by dactone
why would you want 3 HDMI ? they only support up to 1080p.

Unless I'm too tired to read properly I can't see where it says 3 x HDMI. It has 2 x DVI and 1 x HDMI with a HDMI-DVI converter for effectively 3 x HDMI.

P.S. Even HDMI 1 supported WUXGA with 1.3 upping this to WQXGA.
Gareth Halfacree 31st May 2012, 14:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by veato
Unless I'm too tired to read properly I can't see where it says 3 x HDMI. It has 2 x DVI and 1 x HDMI with a HDMI-DVI converter for effectively 3 x HDMI.
Dactone was responding to tad2008, who said:
Quote:
Originally Posted by tad2008
Triple HDMI would have been preferred in my book.
Star*Dagger 31st May 2012, 16:19 Quote
Please post prices in currencies that people actually use, thanks.
Elton 31st May 2012, 16:26 Quote
Useful? Sure, but I still am reluctant to buy an AMD card after the relative annoyance that was my HD6850.

Not that it was bad, but me not upgrading my drivers for months says something.
Gareth Halfacree 31st May 2012, 16:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Please post prices in currencies that people actually use, thanks.
Hey, 62,218,761 people can't be wrong.
barndoor101 31st May 2012, 17:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Please post prices in currencies that people actually use, thanks.

What would you prefer? Drachma?
Elton 31st May 2012, 18:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by barndoor101
What would you prefer? Drachma?

Ren men bi.
christoefar 31st May 2012, 18:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Please post prices in currencies that people actually use, thanks.

-1
Jimbob 31st May 2012, 19:06 Quote
Is this not an overcomplicated soloution to a simple problem? With my card I recieved 3 adaptors in the box a pair of DP to DVIs and a DP to HDMI.
Elton 31st May 2012, 19:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jimbob
Is this not an overcomplicated soloution to a simple problem? With my card I recieved 3 adaptors in the box a pair of DP to DVIs and a DP to HDMI.

Not everyone has active DP adapters. Plus those aren't cheap.
Tangster 1st June 2012, 08:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Please post prices in currencies that people actually use, thanks.
You make a habit out of being an idiot?

UK website, UK currency and prices.
xaser04 1st June 2012, 11:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jimbob
Is this not an overcomplicated soloution to a simple problem? With my card I recieved 3 adaptors in the box a pair of DP to DVIs and a DP to HDMI.

Not at all.

For Eyefinity to work on monitors which don't have DP natively you MUST use an ACTIVE (mini) DP to DVI/HDMI adaptor for at least the third monitor. This Flex card solves this problem without any real additional cost (over that of a "normal" custom cooled HD7950.

Now the real question should be - why on earth did AMD/ATI only include two clock generations (for Native DVI/HMDI) in the first place.
Neogumbercules 2nd June 2012, 23:29 Quote
Need currency conversion into zeny pls thx.
HourBeforeDawn 2nd June 2012, 23:38 Quote
Dont mind Star*Dagger, hes just one of those natural asshole types, more troll then anything else here on BT.
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