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

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire

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.




Looking at the temperature numbers, the Vapor-X cooler does a fantastic job of keeping the R9 290X core at a reasonable temperature. The reference cooler at stock sees the GPU sit in the 90C range.


Looking above, you can see that the Sapphire offering is in the mid-70s, and it's worth noting that we've overclocked the core and we're throwing more voltage through it. These numbers are a real testament to the quality of the Vapor-X cooler.



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).




While noise levels sit in the top half of the graph, the overall number isn't too bad, coming in at the mid-60 dB range.


The card is audible, but considering the performance we're getting out of it and the temperature range on the GPU, the Vapor-X continues to do an excellent job.

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