SAPPHIRE Launches HD 7950 with Two Stunning Models

SAPPHIRE Launches HD 7950 with Two Stunning Models

Single and Dual fan versions deliver choice of performance

January 31st 2012 – SAPPHIRE Technology has now added two exciting new models

of graphics cards based on the revolutionary new graphics GCN (Graphics Core Next)

architecture from AMD.

The new SAPPHIRE HD 7950 models are only the second family of graphics cards to

incorporate the latest generation of GPU’s from AMD built in a new 28nm process and

featuring the new GCN optimised graphics processing architecture. The HD 7950 GPU has

a new internal structure with 1792 Stream processors and a 384-bit high speed memory

interface with over 264GB/sec memory bandwidth.

Two models are being introduced at launch. The standard SAPPHIRE HD 7950 ships with

a core clock speed of 810MHz, slightly higher than the reference design, and a dual slot,

single fan cooler. At the same time SAPPHIRE is introducing a high performance model,

the SAPPHIRE HD 7950 OC Edition, which is factory overclocked to 900Mhz and features

SAPPHIRE’s new 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. Both models have a large 3GB

array of the latest DDR5 memory with effective clocks of 5Gb/s.

For enthusiasts wishing to maximise performance, a new version of the SAPPHIRE

overclocking tool, TriXX supporting this latest generation of technology is available free to

download from the SAPPHIRE website. TriXX allows tuning of GPU voltage as well as core

and memory clocks, whilst continuously displaying temperature. Manual control of fan speed

is supported, as well as user created fan profiles and the ability to save up to four different

performance settings. Both of the SAPPHIRE HD 7950 models have a dual BIOS, allowing

for further experimentation by the enthusiast. On the OC edition, the second BIOS is pre-

programmed to allow a higher maximum overclock and more aggressive fan profile.

The HD 7000 series is the third generation of DirectX 11 compatible solutions from the

graphics division of AMD – formerly ATI. The SAPPHIRE HD 7950 is ready for DirectX 11.1

and the new Windows 8 operating system as well as delivering all the features of the current

DirectX 11 such as DirectCompute11 and multi threaded communications with the CPU.

speed PCI-Express Gen3.0 interface, and multiple cards can be used to further enhance

performance in CrossFireX mode on a suitably specified mainboard.

Working or gaming with multiple monitors is becoming increasingly popular, and the

SAPPHIRE HD 7950 supports this with AMD Eyefinity. With its DVI, HDMI and two mini-

DisplayPort outputs the card can support configurations of up to 6 monitors. In addition,

the SAPPHIRE HD 7950 can simultaneously output multiple, independent audio streams

allowing the correct audio content to be associated with different applications on different

screens.

HDMI specifications have also increased in the HD 7000 series. Fast HDMI 1.4a supports

Stereoscopic 3D with enhanced frame rates of 60Hz per eye – 120Hz total. It is also ready

for the next generation of 4K displays that can be driven from a single high speed input of

3GHz HDMI 1.4a or DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2.

APP Acceleration is the name given to the enhanced performance of a wide range of

applications using the stream processing capabilities and specific hardware features of the

graphics architecture. The HD 7000 series has been optimised for this type of task. Typical

applications include Video encoding and decoding, compression and multiplexing for media

distribution, gaming or video conferencing. APP acceleration can also enhance everyday

tasks such as Internet browsing, Office applications and file compression with supported

software suites.

The SAPPHIRE HD 7950 and HD 7950 OC are now available through SAPPHIRE’s

established channel and etail partners.

Find out more at www.sapphiretech.com

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