Sapphire was the first AIB partner to fully embrace the benefits of Vapor-X cooling back in 2008 when it introduced Vapor-X cooling to the masses on the limited edition HD 3870 Atomic. From that point on Sapphire has taken the technology to new heights and have even built a line of cards around Vapor Chamber technology, aptly named the Vapor-X lineup. This iteration comes equipped with the latest TRI-X cooling solution seen on the Toxic Edition I just looked at recently, but with a few twists to make it perform all that much better. Specifically it's the addition of a massive vapor chamber that is used to carry all the thermal load from not only the Tahiti core, but the memory and power circuit up through five direct contact heat pipes to the dual aluminum fin arrays. In my testing it performed better than the TRI-X cooled Toxic Edition and even better than ASUS' vaunted Direct CU II cooling solution running stock and then overclocked.
The Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X (Refresh) is proof that "Things can only get better". The fact is even though the Vapor-X is not Sapphires flagship 280X based on clock speeds, performance, and cooling capabilities it competes with its competitors flagship designs.
The Sapphire Radeon™ R9 280 Dual-X card uses established, well-grounded cooling on a capable card
The battle between AMD and NVIDIA keeps running by bringing new fighters to the match. Just a couple of days after the launch of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti that beats the R7 260X, AMD released the Radeon™ R7 265 to regain the crown in the middle segment. Today I will show you the Sapphire R7 265 Dual-X card, a custom implementation of the new chipset.
As for the actual performance of the card itself, it's strong. The overclock we managed to receive was much higher than we've managed to get out of other R9 290X 4GB cards, and you can see in some situations the overclock made a real difference, whether it be in the way of finally breaking that 60 FPS number we need or just a bit more breathing room to make us feel more comfortable.
For gamers dealing with a restrictive budget, the R7 250 offers decent performance for around £70
Sapphire's cooler Tri-X is certainly a breath of fresh air in the test lab with really good numbers overall. The solution easily handles the heat generated by the Radeon™ R9 290X and perform for top to impressively low noise.
Sapphire has taken the R9 290X and made it even better.