This website can use cookies to improve the user experience and to provide certain services and functions to users. Cookies contain small amounts of information (such as login information and user preferences) and will be stored on your device. As we’ve seen AMD and Nvidia bounced back and forth with their latest product launches, the Radeon 7970 isn’t exactly a new model. In fact, it’s the eldest of the bunch so it’s a bit interesting that we’re looking at the Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X today. Considered a bit further, and it’s not terribly surprising though, as Nvidia’s Kepler lineup has made quite a splash in the market, and AMD is likely driving to impress consumers in response. Sapphire is also known for producing several custom variations of flagship Radeon cards, and the Vapor-X has a long lineage in the Sapphire family. Today is no different. The Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X comes with a custom cooler, and if history is any indication, we expect very big things from this Vapor-X technology, as Sapphire typically produces some of the coolest-running Radeon cards out there. Perhaps more importantly, however, the 7970 Vapor-X sports a factory overclock, to the tune of a 1GHz clock speed. This should provide enough of a speed boost