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Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X OC Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 16, 2014 8:40 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire

Close up with the Sapphire R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X OC




Taking a look at the card, the first thing you might notice is that this particular Vapor-X card carries the Dual-X cooler design, instead of the Tri-X one seen on the higher-end versions. Although, since it is a Vapor-X card, you can see the same black and blue color scheme is present.


While it is smaller, you can see we've still got quite the setup going on behind the dual fan setup. There is a large aluminum heat sink covering the entire PCB, and quite a mean looking copper heat pipe setup. While it's not as big, we've got our fingers crossed, hoping that performance on the Dual-X Vapor-X cooler is strong on this mid-range offering.






Moving away from the front of the card, and across to the top, we find our two power connectors in the form of a dual 6-Pin PCIe power connector setup. Next to that, we have a switch that lets us switch between two BIOS' that are installed.


Normally, we'd see this closer to the front of the card, but as you can see above, Sapphire has decided to put it at the back of this card. Staying across the top of the card, but moving closer to the front, you can see we have a single CrossFire connector in the event you want to run two of these bad boys together.




Taking a look at the I/O side of things, you can see a fairly standard setup here, which sees two Dual-Link DVI ports in the form of a DVI-D and a DVI-I. Along with those two connectors, you can see we also have a HDMI and DisplayPort connector to round things off.





Of course, being a Vapor-X card means that Sapphire has taken the time to overclock the card out of the box. Looking below, you can see they've pushed the core clock up to 1100MHz, which is a good jump from the default 1050MHz.


As for the 2GB of GDDR 5, Sapphire has also chosen to bump that slightly by 50MHz, which results in a final memory clock of 5800MHz QDR, instead of 5600MHz QDR,




However, today we'll be taking the clocks even further in order to see just how much performance we can get out of the card. Looking above, you can see we kicked both the core and memory clock up a notch, with the core coming in at 1175MHz, and the memory clock looking strong with a final core clock of 6000MHz QDR.


This is a nice little overclock from what Sapphire offer us, and quite a strong overclock from the reference R9 270X speeds.

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