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Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC Video Card Review (with 4K tests)

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire

Close up with the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC




Moving onto the card, you can see the massive Tri-X cooler that takes up the entire PCB except for a tiny bit at the bottom. This isn't the first time we've seen the Tri-X fan. Earlier in the year, we saw it on the R9 290X 4GB Tri-X from Sapphire. It did a good job of impressing us then, and we're hoping it does a good job again here today.


The Tri-X name, of course, comes due to the three fan setup that sits atop a massive heat sink. Looking behind the center fan, you can see the main plate over our GPU and a number of copper heat pipes coming out of it helping to draw the heat away from the core. This is a serious cooler, and we expect some serious performance out of it.






Taking a look around the card, you can see the overhang that is present in the first image. It really goes to show just how massive this cooler is. Moving away from that, though, you can see that power comes in the form of a single 8-Pin and 6-Pin PCIe power connector. Staying across the top of the card but moving towards the front, you can see we've got a little switch that lets use move between two BIOS. Being an R9 290 series based card means that we don't have any CrossFire bridges. AMD eliminating the need for a CrossFire bridge on the R9 290 series is a really nice little feature that helps make for a clean setup.




Finishing our look at the card, we head over to the I/O side of things where we find two Dual-Link DVI-D connectors alongside a single HDMI and DisplayPort connector. Here you can also see some vents that are designed to help push some of the hot air out the back of your case. This is a fairly typical I/O setup and brings with it no real surprises.





Moving onto the specifications side of things, we mentioned in the start that this is an OC model from Sapphire. While normally we would take to MSI Afterburner and overclock the card further ourselves, because this is the first non-reference OC card we've looked at, we've decided to leave it alone. Along with that, the fact that we've also got the Vapor-X card sitting behind us means we'll take to overclocking with that one.




Looking above, you can see that Sapphire has pushed the core of the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC up to 1000MHz. This is up from the reference 947MHz clock. As for the 3GB of GDDR5 memory, unlike most companies, Sapphire has also chosen to give that a bump.


Looking above, you can see we move from the stock 5000MHz QDR to a slightly increased 5200MHz QDR.

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