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SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 280X , VAPOR-X TRI-X R9 280X and R9 280X TOXIC

So I was looking at the Sapphire 280x roundup and noticed that the Tri-x and Toxic cards look exactly the same and when I Googled "SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 280X review" I got only VAPOR-X TRI-X R9 280X threads. What's up with that? The perplexing thing is that in my country the Vapor-x costs more than the Toxic edition and the Tri-x OC one is more than $50 cheaper than both. Can anyone bring some clarity to this mess and if anyone owns the TRI-X OC(UEFI) card can you tell me how it holds up in terms of overclocking, heat levels and noise compared to the other two?

links to:

Tri-x http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2072&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

Vapor-x http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2131&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

Toxic http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2023&psn=&lid=1&leg=0
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    The toxic and tri-x are the same card with the toxic carrying a factory OC larger than the tri-x.
    The vapor-x uses sapphires vapor chamber cooling system. It gives mildly better cooling than the ti-x/toxic systems. Not worth the money in my opinion.
  2. So an overclocked Tri-x would perform the same as an overclocked Toxic, but for $50 less? That seems kinda wrong. And anyway isn't the Toxic edition supposedly the best card Sapphire can offer?
  3. Pretty much, and it is simply due to its clock speeds.
  4. With Toxic and Vapor you simply pay for a higher factory overclock and custom PCB plus backplate.

    Vapor is also mildly better at cooling, most point since Tri-X cooler is pretty amazing anyway.

    Toxic adds a fluff led Sapphire logo is you are into these things.

    In general, cheapest of those is plenty good really. Toxic is theoretically the "best" of them and since it's decently factory overclocked you can enjoy that overclock without voiding warranty, a big plus in my book.
  5. The Toxic version has a core clock speed of 1100MHz\1150 boost, and the Tri-x OC comes with 1000MHz\1100 Boost and they both come with the memory clock set at 6400 MHz Effective so there is a 4.34% difference between the two under load

    And let me get this straight,
    If I use the utility the card manufacturer advertises and includes in the package( TriXX Utility), I get my warranty voided? Really?
  6. Its not a great policy, but its necessary. People turned it up too much, over volted etc, and tried to get a replacement card, so sapphire had to enact this policy.
  7. I just bought a Tri-X OC that I was told was a Toxic version but strangely, it doesn't have the Toxic logo in the middle fan. It has the button to switch BIOS and the LED Sapphire logo but it says " Tri-X" on the middle fan and looks IDENTICAL to the Toxic...wtf?
  8. As per sapphiretech.com...

    11221-01: SAPPHIRE TOXIC R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 (UEFI)
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
    1100/Boost:1150 MHz Core Clock VRAM: 6400 MHz Effective

    11221-02: SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC (UEFI) - x2 FANS ONLY
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
    950/Boost:1070 MHz Core Clock VRAM: 6200 MHz Effective

    11221-08: SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC (UEFI)
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
    1000/Boost:1100 MHz Core Clock VRAM: 6400 MHz Effective

    11221-12: SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 TRI-X OC WITH BOOST (UEFI)
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
    1000/Boost:1100 MHz Core Clock VRAM: 6000 MHz Effective

    11221-14: SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 (UEFI)
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
    850/Boost:1000 MHz Core Clock VRAM: 6000 MHz Effective

    11221-20: SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 TRI-X STD WITH BOOST (UEFI)
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
    950/Boost:1000 MHz Core Clock VRAM: 6000 MHz Effective

    11221-22: SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC VERSION
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
    1020 MHz Core Clock VRAM: 6000 MHz Effective

    Reviews on newegg (for the out-of-stock Toxic) run from 'very good' to a few 'very bad' (as usual), with the 'very bad' reviews indicating graphics artifacts (black screen, blocks, etc), or heat issues. This might indicate an unstable overclock or a VRAM issue (I vaguely recall reading, maybe here, someone dissing the 280X chipset and VRAM relative to the HD7970). If the model numbers indicate production cycle and date of manufacture, this might show Sapphire was looking for the overclock and VRAM sweet-spot for this chip-set...or they're just trying to spread out the price point.

    Bottom line is 'buyer beware' (and be aware) when buying Amazon, newegg, frys, etc. Many/most of the lower price discounted items are older model number parts.

    FYI all the 280X graphics cards shown at sapphiretech are x3 fans, with the exception of the early 11221-02 SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X, which is a 2-fan unit.

    Cheers

    [EDIT] - If / when I upgrade, I would probably stick with the '3rd-generation' 280X Tri-X or Vapor-X cards (models 11221-22 and 11221-20), assuming sapphire did what they did to enhance the stability and life of the cards. I'm still looking at the ASUS 280X boards, or even an HD7970 Ghz Edition for the right price.
  9. IF the sapphiretech reported clock speeds are accurate and reliable indicators, I've found at least one VaporX card (11221-20) being identified as a TriX card (11221-22). Alternatives are the seller mistakenly listed the wrong specifications / model number, or sapphire has a subset of models not shown on their website...

    http://us.hardware.info/productinfo/235750/sapphire-radeon-r9-280x-tri-x-oc-3gb
  10. AngryMonkey said:
    IF the sapphiretech reported clock speeds are accurate and reliable indicators, I've found at least one VaporX card (11221-20) being identified as a TriX card (11221-22). Alternatives are the seller mistakenly listed the wrong specifications / model number, or sapphire has a subset of models not shown on their website...

    http://us.hardware.info/productinfo/235750/sapphire-radeon-r9-280x-tri-x-oc-3gb


    Sapphire has a dual-x, a vapor-x, a tri-x, a tri-x vapor-x(vapor chamber with a tri-x fan set-up) , and a Toxic 280x, and also an OC version of everything but the Toxic, so it's really confusing.

    Anyway, I ended up waiting for a few months and got myself an Asus Strix GTX 970.
  11. Hey iv just bought the Vapor-X 280X with just the 2 fan system unfortunately I thought I was getting the Tri-X altho I have a question its making my system run hot, its factory OCed with Boost at 980MHZ core 1070MHZ boost and RAM is 1550MHZ now I OCed this card via CCC put power to 20+ and put clock to 1150 and memory was 1600MHZ and it was running very hot on almost every game that could stress it, its put CPU temps up from 32C around average idle to 40 odd easy
    My old card was an XFX 270X DD Black Edition altho that didnt raise temps like this.

    Under load is is NORMAL for the CPU to be at 55C and the GPU at 60C? are they safe im puttin a waterblock on soon anyway so the CPU will go right down.
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