The Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 is factory overclocked from the reference configuration of 947MHz to 1030MHz which will help it perform better than reference R9 290′s. However, the overclocking doesn’t stop there, we were able to get an additional 10% performance by doing a very simple overclock using Sapphire TriXX software. With an overclock of 1135MHz it appears to perform closer to a stock 290X but for less money.
After all the chipsets ending with an X, AMD started to release the cheaper version of those GPUs, without the X. The story started with R9 270 and continues today with the R9 280. The first card we put our hands on is the Sapphire R9 280 Dual-X, a custom made cooled version. The Dual-X solution should keep the card at low temperature and noise, while the performance should be enough for today’s games with high details.
When it comes to what makes a solid mid-range graphics card, value for money, effective cooling, quiet operation and overclocking potential are all crucial. Sapphire’s R7 265 Dual-X delivers all of those things in abundance. If you’re building a gaming rig on a budget but still want performance that packs a punch then you needn’t look any further
The Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC is the star of the show today. We feel the R9 290 makes more sense than the more expensive R9 290X. With the amount of overclocking headroom available on this Sapphire card, it is straightforward enough to outperform the fastest overclocked GTX780 Ti solutions, nevermind a reference R9 290X.
The Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X OC is a fantastic graphics card that will suit a very wide audience who game with a 1080p monitor. You can easily move all the image quality settings to maximum and maintain smooth frame rates over 30 at all times.
If you’re in the market for an affordable passive graphics card, Sapphire’s R7 250 Ultimate is probably the best performing and best value option currently on the market. Sapphire make smart use of the faster R7 250 SKU and their Ultimate passive cooling solution. It may be a rebrand but as the old saying goes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
Sapphire took good and made great with the toxic, then with the VaporX they took the great Toxic cooler and made it insane with the VaporX Vapor chamber in place. The only thing I could ask for at this point would be a VaporX cooler like this on a 290X just to see if Sapphire could further tame that über hot GPU. The 280X VaporX is an excellent gamers card, while it may not pull the top clocks in overclocking it will play your games very well and stay super cool and quiet in the process! When so many manufacturers are fighting for every last MHz and adding features that cost a ton more just to tweak a little further Sapphire chose to make a card that will be more enjoyable to use while still performing well and staying super cool and quiet which is what gaming graphics cards should be all about. Hats off to Sapphire for focusing on what the card were designed for and not just an arbitrary number on a benchmark which most gamers really don’t care about. This just further shows Sapphires dedication to being the “Gamers Brand”
...A lot of thoughts went into the design of the graphics card, but what gamers truly care about is how well it performs, and the R9 280X performed beyond our expectations......Overall, the Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X graphics card delivers great performance for just about any gaming rig.
With this being the first R9 280 that we have had the pleasure to take a look at. I am happy to finally confirm that you don’t have to go all out with an R9 280X or higher to enjoy the best of todays games. The Dual-X R9 280 OC plowed through our in game testing with great results making it a great choice for someone who is still on a limited budget and is gaming at 1080p. I wasn’t sure how well Sapphire’s cooling design would work with just the two fans compared to their Tri-X coolers but the lowered heat output of the 280 over the 280X helped keep this card running even cooler than the powerful 280X Toxic that I tested earlier this year.
Kandidat kedua kami adalah Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X OC dengan maksimum clock GPU sebesar 1040 MHz dan clock memori sebesar 5200 MHz. Tingginya performa di sektor gaming juga ditunjang penggunaan sistem pendingin super besar dengan tiga buah kipas berdiameter 85 mm bernama Tri-X. Menariknya, sistem pendingin Tri-X masih menggunakan desain dual slot sehingga tidak memakan banyak tempat di dalam casing. Terdapat lima buat heatpipe tembaga untuk mengalirkan panas dari chip GPU menuju sirip-sirip heatsink dari bahan alumunium. Setumpuk keunggulan yang dimiliki Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X OC membuat kami tidak segan untuk memberikan “Silver Award” kepada graphics card tersebut.