Sapphire is getting ready to launch an AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card with a massive 6GB frame buffer, which is twice as much as found on every other variant. The card was actually first seen at CeBIT earlier this year, but has now been picked up by a Russian website, stripped naked, and photographed from top to bottom. Sapphire has yet to announce a release a date or offer up any pricing information, but given the photo gallery, we suspect it will start shipping soon.
Sapphire took it upon themselves to inject a bit of nitrous oxide into AMD's reference HD 5970 videocard, and the end result is something "Toxic." We're talking about the Sapphire HD 5970 4G Toxic Edition, which boasts twice as much RAM (4GB of GDDR5) as a standard HD 5970, as well as faster clockspeeds.
The core has been pushed to from 725MHz to 900MHz, while the memory runs at 4800MHz (effective) compared to 4000MHz on most other HD 5970 cards. According to Sapphire, this is "not only the fastest card in its class, but the fastest in the world."
To cool the added RAM and higher frequencies, Sapphire partnered with Arctic Cooling to design a wicked looking heatsink/fan assembly. Constructed of nickel plated heatpipes and fins, the cooling contraption consists of three dual-ball bearing fans Sapphire claims are low noise.
Everything else we know about the Toxic Edition is standard fare, if you can even say that about a dual-GPU videocard. What we don't know (yet) is how much it will cost and when it will ship.
Sapphire today announced a new version of its HD 5850 Toxic Edition videocard. Unlike previous HD 5850 models, the newest model sports 2GB of GDDR5 memory, twice as much as any other 5850 card on the market.
The card also comes factory overclocked to 765MHz on the core and 1125MHz (4500MHz effective) on the RAM. By comparison, ATI's reference design calls for a 725MHz core and 1000MHz (4000MHz effective) memory.
Sapphire's also talking up the "world leading Vapor-X technology" on the 2GB card. According to Sapphire, the Vapor-X cooling solution results in temperatures up to 15C chillier than what you'll get with a reference cooler, while also running up to 10dB quieter.