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Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Vapor-X OC Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 30, 2014 8:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Sapphire

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




Moving away from the package and onto the card, the first thing we notice is the beautiful blue that Sapphire is using. Against the black, these blue highlights that Sapphire uses look truly awesome.


Looking behind the triple fan setup, you can see a massive heat sink that takes up almost the entirety of the card. If we look closely behind the center fan, we can also see some copper heat pipes that are designed to help pull the heat away from the core. You can see this all sits on a black PCB, helping to finish off a very sexy look.






Moving away from the cooler and taking the time to look around the card, you can see that Sapphire has opted for a dual 8-Pin PCIe power connector setup here. This is slightly up on the standard dual connector setup that sees a single 6-Pin PCIe and 8-Pin PCIe power connector.


Being part of the R9 290 series means that we lack any CrossFire connector as it's not needed. You do see a button here that lets you enable the UEFI BIOS, which gives Secure Boot and a faster boot time. This isn't available on all motherboards, though.




Finishing up our look at the card, you can see a very standard I/O setup with two Dual-Link DVI-D connectors alongside an HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 connector. You can also see some vents that will let the hot air escape out the back of the case.





Taking a look at the specifications of the card, being a Vapor-X model means that the card comes overclocked out of the box. Looking below, you can see the stock clock of the card is 1030MHz. This is well up on the stock 947MHz clock and a 30MHz bump over the Tri-X version from Sapphire.


As for the 4GB of GDDR5, that comes in at 5600MHz QDR, 400MHz QDR up on the Tri-X version from Sapphire and 600MHz QDR up from the reference clock.




As we mentioned in the introduction, though, we will be overclocking the card today. Looking above, you can see our final clock on the core is 1135MHz and 6000MHz QDR on the memory. Overall, this is a great overclock and a massive jump from the reference speed.

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