Like the HD 5870 Vapor-X model we looked at from Sapphire recently, the first thing we notice is the new cooler design that the company has opted for on this card. We can see a fairly large fan sits in the middle of the card with a nice looking shroud around it.
If you look carefully behind the fan and through all the aluminum fins, you can see the giant copper heatsink that Sapphire has opted to use. This should help keep temps down further then the standard cooler, there's only one way to find out though and we'll see what exactly the cooler is doing for us later on in the review.
Having a quick look around the card, there aren't any surprises here. Towards the back of the card we have our single 6-Pin PCI-E connector that's required to power the model, while closer to the front we have our two CrossFire connectors which give us the ability to run three of these together.
The I/O department doesn't show any changes for the simple fact that out of the box the standard HD 5700 and HD 5800 series offer an excellent choice in connectivity. What this means is we've got two Dual-Link DVI connectors along with a single HDMI and DisplayPort connector.
The Vapor-X series isn't about the raw FPS numbers; instead, it's about offering a card that should run either cooler, quieter or both thanks to the new heatsink/fan setup. With that said, it hasn't stopped Sapphire giving the model a very small bump in MHz.
Looking above, we can see they've moved the 700MHz core to 710MHz while the 1GB of GDDR5 has moved from 4600MHz QDR to 4640MHz QDR. It's nothing major and really could hardly be called an overclock. However, it should still give the model a small bump in performance, all the same.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [Video Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 5 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark (DX10 & DX11)]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Darkest of Days]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - BattleForge]
- Page 13 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 14 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 15 [Final Thoughts]
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Take to the campaign trail with The Political Machine 2016
- Rise of the Tomb Raider's latest patch improves HBAO+, and more
- Twitter has shut down over 125,000 accounts for promoting terrorism
- Google AI, Go champ match will be broadcast live on YouTube in March
- Fable Legends will use foliage physics to increase visual fidelity
- ASrock z170 extreme 7+ Post code 00
- Apacer Panther DDR4-2666 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review
- Gigabyte GA-x79-UP4 rev1.0
- Help with N56VB notebook screen
- Intel MOBO with Fast POST boot time
- HIDEO KOJIMA AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO CONFIRMED AS D.I.C.E. SUMMIT KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
- Toshiba Introduces the Next Generation OCZ Trion 150 Series Solid-State Drive Series
- Thermaltake Kicks Off 2016 MFC (Modding Fighting Championship)
- AMD Offers New Thermal Solutions and New Processors for Reliable, Near-Silent Performance
- Thermaltake and First Green Partner Aria PC Technology Join to Promote the Smart Power Management (SPM) Platform