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SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: SAPPHIRE

Card Specifications


SAPPHIRE has a few members in its factory overclocked cards, where today we have the lowest of them all - the Tri-X. In this family, there's the Tri-X OC, Vapor-X and Toxic. They have varying cooling setups, with varying factory overclocks. This doesn't make the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X 8GB a bad card, because the selling point that we have here is the 8GB of VRAM.




The detailed specifications of the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X video card.


The biggest thing to take away from this is that it's running the Hawaii-based R9 290X GPU that AMD released in late 2013, but SAPPHIRE has splashed its cooler on top as well as doubling the VRAM from 4GB to 8GB.



Cooling Setup


SAPPHIRE's Tri-X cooler is an exciting piece of kit, something that I always enjoy working with. I've built various systems for friends over the years, and in my old job building custom gaming PCs for various clients in my state, one of my go-to choices was a SAPPHIRE GPU and its Tri-X cooler.




The Tri-X cooler on this card is using three 85mm fans, so there's plenty of airflow across the massive heat sink design that SAPPHIRE has deployed here on the Radeon R9 290X Tri-X 8GB.




The heat sink assembly on the card is split into two, one that covers the GPU itself, with the second part keeping the VRM circuitry nice and cool. There are five copper heat pipes that move from the GPU to the heat sink, which routes the heat over the entire heat sink, leaving those three fans to cool it all down.

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