With all of the Sapphire cards that launched this year the one model that I didn’t get a chance to check out was their Vapor-X cards. They share a lot of the styling of their other cards but Sapphire changed up the cooling design with a vapor chamber sitting between the heatsink and the GPU and PCB to spread out the heat for better cooling. I had to see how it compares to the standard Tri-X cooling as well as the competition, so I got in touch with Sapphire and put their Vapor-X 290 to the test.

Product Name: Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290

Review Sample Provided by: Sapphire

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

Specifications

Display Support

Supports up to 3 display monitor(s) without DisplayPort

4 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support

Output

1 x HDMI (with 3D)

1 x DisplayPort 1.2

2 x Dual-Link DVI-D

GPU

1030 MHz Core Clock

28 nm Chip

2560 x Stream Processors

Video Memory

4096 MB Size

512 -bit GDDR5

5600 MHz Effective

Dimension

305(L)X 114(W)X 47(H) mm Size.

2.5 x slot

Software

Driver CD

SAPPHIRE TriXX Utility

Accessory

8-PIN to 4 PIN x2 Power Cable

HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)

 

Posted: 4 months 6 days ago by garfi3ld #35031
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for that big of a price difference I don't think it would be worth it. They are both great cards, given the same or similar prices I would go with the Vapor-X>MSI Gaming>Tri-X
Posted: 4 months 6 days ago by Algin #35030
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Hello. First just wanted to say hi to all of you, as I'm newest member of this community :)
And now to the question - I'm currently in a market for 290, and I'm torn apart before few brands. I have narrowed my choice between the Sapphire and the MSI gaming.

As you have reviewed both of the cards, and from the charts it is shown that they both trade blows and achieve very similar FPS, which one would you recommend? Is the 5db noise difference really hearable? And how are the VRM temps on those cards? Are they kept in check like below 80C during gaming?

Price wise, in my country (Poland) the MSI gaming wins hands down - the version with 1007 MHz boost costs 1439pln - that's about $471 and is in line with other 290s, while Vapor-x is about 300 pln higher - that is about $100 more. Do you think, that this card is really worth it's premium tag, compared to Msi Gaming?
Posted: 4 months 1 week ago by garfi3ld #35010
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Happy Friday everyone! Today I take a look at the Vapor-X R9 290 from Sapphire. This is a monster video card. You may have seen Ed from Sapphire sporting it in his rig at a few events as well.

 

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