Overclocking

As usual I ran the Vapor-X R9 290 through our standard overclock testing. That means I overclocked the GPU and memory by themselves and tested them using 3dmark 11 benchmark 2 and then I put the two results together to see if the card could handle both overclocks at the same time. All the while, I document my results as I go. GPU testing went smoothly and actually gave me the same result as the MSI card I tested. The entire time the Vapor-X ran fairly cool, so it is obvious that there is a lot more power left in the card if you know how to massage it out. Memory testing hit the same 6200MHz wall that all of the other 290’s I have tested also hit. This time I was expecting it and bumped it back down slightly for a good result. Lastly, I ran the card with the GPU set to 112MHz and 6000MHz on the memory and it took it like a champ on the first try. All in all the Vapor-X 290 overclocked as expected for an R9 290, but I know there is a lot more room left in it on air.

GPU Clock Speed Overclocking

GPU Clock Speed

Pass/Fail

FPS Result

Notes

1030MHz

Pass

69.25

 

1120MHz

Pass

74.73

 

1150MHz

Fail

N/A

Artifacts

1140MHz

Pass

75.19

 

Memory Clock Offset Overclocking

Memory Clock Speed

Pass/Fail

FPS Result

Notes

5500MHz

Pass

71.98

 

6000MHz

Pass

72.78

 

6200MHz

Fail

N/A

Black Screen

GPU and Memory Overclocks Together

GPU Clock Speed

Memory Clock Speed

FPS Result

Notes

1120MHz

6000MHz

77.56

 

 

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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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