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Published on January 10th, 2015 | by Dan

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Quick Comparison: Asus Strix 970 vs Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHZ Edition

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If you watch my streams, you’ll know that I’ve been having crazy issues with driver crashes and other video errors over the past few months.  My 6GB 7970 was a beast of a card but it appeared to be on its way out.

I finally decided on acquiring the pound for pound GPU champion; the GTX 970. KBMOD Community member, f0xalive, happened to be selling the ASUS STRIX model so I jumped on it without hesitation. Unfortunately, I did not have time for a full battery of tests though I did manage to run 3DMark on both:

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Keep in mind, I primarily did this replacement to gain stability rather than frames (though the performance is definitely improved).  You can view the full 3DMark breakdown in a comparison here.  I have also noticed, beyond much improved driver stability, far less stuttering in certain games and a more consistent frame rate. I will be testing the card in Battlefield 4 soon so it’ll be interesting to see how it performs in comparison to my 7970 where artifacting was very prominent.

On a final note, Sapphire’s RMA process was horrible and I ended up just buying this new card instead.  I used to stand by their cards for AMD options but that devotion has wavered with their support process and the fact that this card only lasted 18 months (despite being a very premium model).


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I put the OO in Swagoo. One of the founders of KBMOD. I stream on Twitch as well as writing and editing for the website.


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  • Ryan Kapsar

    Great comparison. Hopefully we can do more of these in the future. It’s a serious shame that Sapphire totally failed to keep supporting this card. Should make other games take pause before buying one of their cards, knowing support will be less than 2 years for a premium card.

  • Wheelzz

    Sapphire makes good cards, but I’ve heard terrible stories about their RMA service for years.

  • seanbutnotheard

    I noticed the 970 has less memory than the 7970. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the 970 still fares better even for games with a lot of big textures.

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