Sapphire stuck with the same packaging design that they have gone with on all of their R series cards this year. The Vapor-X does however sport a blue theme where the Tri-X had orange. The cover has what looks to be a robot built out of video card components. Down along the bottom there is a whole line of small circles with information about the card. For example there is a 4GB circle and one them mentions AMD’s Mantle support. They also tossed on stickers showing that the Vapor-X 290 comes with a free HDMI cable and is overclocked as well. Half of the back is dedicated to explaining how Vapor-X works while the rest of the back has explanations on some of the Vapor-X 290’s other features.

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Inside the card is wrapped up in a static protective bag that is also made of bubble wrap to keep it extremely safe. On top of that it sits in a piece of foam that has the shape of the card carved out. There is no way this card is going to get damaged in shipping. Up under the foam is another box. Inside you will find the Vapor-X 290’s documentation and accessories. It comes with an installation guide, information on registration and a driver disc. You also get a Sapphire mouse pad and an HDMI cable. Last but not least they also slipped in two double Molex to 8 pin adapters, just in case your power supply doesn’t have the connections needed. Of course if you don’t have any of the connections I would be more worried that it’s not going to have enough power at all.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35010 13 Jun 2014 16:28
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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Algin replied the topic: #35030 17 Jun 2014 00:40
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?
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35031 17 Jun 2014 04:00
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

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