The Dual-X cooler does a great job as we see fantastic temperature and noise levels. I want to say nothing but good things about the card because I feel it's a great card. The price point is solid. The performance is really strong. The Sapphire R9 285 2GB Dual-X OC is just an overall great card. We really have no need to compare the GTX 760 and R9 285. The results speak for themselves and the AMD card is just a better buy.
The custom Sapphire model we tested is already available for about $259 and cards with 4GB of memory are slated to arrive as well. Looking at the current landscape, the Radeon™ R9 285 seems to be positioned well.
If you value the technology of Mantle, TrueAudio or FreeSync and are in the market for a graphics card in the budget of $210-280, then this is the one for you.
What Sapphire have done with the card is equally as impressive. The Dual-X cooling solution showed itself to be a great cooling performer and very quiet under all load scenarios. It sure isn’t whisper silent under Furmark load but under realistic gaming loads it won’t be audible inside a decent case. Sapphire’s Dual-X is well respected for a reason. The black PCB is also a nice touch and as always Sapphire’s pricing is competitive so there really are no complaints here: Sapphire have done a sterling job!
The Tonga-powered Radeon™ R9 285 performs and costs about the same as the Radeon™ R9 280 it replaces, but improves upon it by baking in True Audio support The Sapphire card, meanwhile, carries on the good work ploughed by the Dual-X cooler. Overclocked on both core and memory and attracting just a £10 premium over standard cards, it's a good bet
Initially, this test was simply a chance to have a bit of fun with a pair of cards that would set you back $240. However, I was pleasantly surprised…….I find myself really quite shocked at how cool this setup is, and the performance it gives. The gains we saw often hit 100%, if not higher, thanks to the extra MHz that is offered by the Sapphire version.
With Sapphire adding copper to the radial aluminum heatsink design, temperature is a lot more manageable compared to simply just having the reference aluminum heatsink plus fan combo. What is even more impressive is the fact that the fan ran extremely silent, almost inaudible inside a case until it reached 55% speed and even the components do not squeel loudly as you would expect a budget card during the loading screen of Skyrim (if framerate cap is turned off). The built-in fan profile itself is not aggressive but it is more than enough to handle the overclocked 1195 MHz Core/1600MHz Memory temperature without reaching beyond 68C. Users can also customize the fan profile to their liking with the bundled Sapphire TriXX software.
If you are a gamer who likes to play RPGs and MMORPGs and wants to get away from integrated graphics than the Sapphire R7 260X might just be the card for you. All our testing was done on a system that is meant to be low cost system based on an APU and you can see from the benchmarks that games are able to be played at good framerates and high quality settings. With two of the R7 260X card in CrossFire we saw good scaling that ranged from 50% to 100% improvement. Even in the synthetic benchmarks we saw significant scaling.
Awesome! If we had to sum up the Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC in one word, it would simply be "awesome!"
To date the SAPPHIRE Vapor-X R9 290X Tri-X OC is the most impressively designed AMD Radeon™ R9 290X GPU based video card we have had the pleasure of gaming on. It brings out the potential of the AMD R9 290X GPU for gaming.