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Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 23, 2014 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire Technology

Temperature Test

 

 

The temperature of the core is pulled from MSI Afterburner with the max reading used after a completed run of 3DMark Vantage at the Performance preset.

 

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Looking above, you can see our Sapphire R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC clearly sits towards the bottom of the pack, which is exactly what we want when it comes to the temperatures side of things. Fingers crossed that these low temperature numbers don't come at the cost of high noise levels.

 

 

Sound Test

 

 

Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter, we find ourselves quickly yelling into the top of it to see how loud we can be.

 

After five minutes of that, we get a bit more serious and place the device two CM away from the fan on the card to find the maximum noise level of the card when idle (2D mode) and in load (3D mode).

 

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Looking above, you can see noise numbers sit a little north of the middle mark. You can see that the range from the middle of the pack to where the Sapphire R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC sits is just a single dB. Overall, the noise levels are impressive, especially considering the temperature numbers.

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