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Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC Runs Even Cooler

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

Sapphire's R9 290 Vapor-X OC has been announced.

While Sapphire's Tri-X R9 290 and R9 290X graphics cards certainly impressed us with their excellent cooler, that hasn't stopped Sapphire from trying even harder. Sapphire has now officially announced the R9 290 Vapor-X OC.

This graphics card features a cooler that appears to be similar to the Tri-X cooler we found on previous cards, but is actually a little different. The card in question here features the same basic Tri-X design, but the company has also slapped a vapor chamber into the GPU – hence the Vapor-X branding. This vapor chamber ensures that the heat from the GPU gets dissipated into the heat pipes even more effectively than before. The cooler also has LEDs now, which will glow blue when the card is running calmly with low temperatures, and will gradually gradient to red for when the card is running at more toasty temperatures.

Regarding clocks, the card is clocked in to run at speeds of up to 1030 MHz. Memory is clocked at an effective frequency of 5.6 GHz, but remains at the same standard 4 GB frame buffer size.

There has been no exact word on pricing yet, though vapor chambers aren't the cheapest things to make, so it's safe to assume that there will be a noticeable premium to pay for this card. Availability is expected soon, as the card is already shipping out to e-tailers and retailers.

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    bemused_fred , April 4, 2014 9:57 AM
    The LED's make it run cooler, right?
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    bemused_fred , April 4, 2014 9:57 AM
    The LED's make it run cooler, right?
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    CaptainTom , April 4, 2014 10:08 AM
    This thing is awesome! I can't wait to see the clocks on the 8GB Toxic edition! It could beat the Titan Black...
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    FastGunna , April 4, 2014 10:15 AM
    That looks amazing,but sadly I don't need an upgrade...
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    holyprof , April 4, 2014 11:28 AM
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    This thing is awesome! I can't wait to see the clocks on the 8GB Toxic edition! It could beat the Titan Black...
    As much as the AMD fanboy in me wants you to be right, i think this card can only beat Titan Black with its price/performance ratio.
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    Super_Nova , April 4, 2014 11:44 AM
    Very Nice indeed. Is that cooling also seperatly available and what would it cost in €? I've got a sapphire 290 with reff. cooling but is runs really hot after a while:-(
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    bemused_fred , April 4, 2014 12:58 PM
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    This thing is awesome! I can't wait to see the clocks on the 8GB Toxic edition! It could beat the Titan Black...
    What the hell do you need 8GB for unless you're a professional animator working in 4K HD?
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    ingtar33 , April 4, 2014 1:23 PM
    ok. I think i know what i want to buy now. That led thing cracks me up, too cool to ignore... now if it runs nice and quiet i'm sold.
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    David Dewis , April 4, 2014 1:41 PM
    I am quite happy with my MSI 4G R9 290. I can't think of any reason for needing anything more powerful at the moment. Having said that, with talk of 4K monitors now hitting £600, it could be worth getting a second one to crossfire at some point
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    weilin , April 4, 2014 1:44 PM
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    Very Nice indeed. Is that cooling also seperatly available and what would it cost in €? I've got a sapphire 290 with reff. cooling but is runs really hot after a while:-(
    It's very possible that the cooler is tailored to a custom PCB. If you indeed have a reference board with a blower, the screw mount holes/Memory pads/etc won't line up even if you could get the cooler aftermarket. You should probably look into the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme IV
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    Nada190 , April 4, 2014 2:43 PM
    Looks so beautiful...If only I had the money.
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    CaptainTom , April 4, 2014 2:57 PM
    Quote:
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    This thing is awesome! I can't wait to see the clocks on the 8GB Toxic edition! It could beat the Titan Black...
    As much as the AMD fanboy in me wants you to be right, i think this card can only beat Titan Black with its price/performance ratio.


    Idk. The 780 Ti only beats the 290X by ~7%. If the 290X used memory as fast as the 770, and got a 100-200 MHz bump in core clock like the 7970 got: It would get about a 20-30% performance boost. That would beat a Titan Black. Give it a $800 price point and 2GB more VRAM than the Titan and BOOM!
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    rbarnhart , April 4, 2014 5:20 PM
    Sapphire confirmed to me on FB today that the 8gb cards are cancelled. They would not comment on a 290x Vapor or Toxic edition. You have to assume that if they were planning 8gb versions, they are retooling to distribute the standard 4gb versions instead. Hence, they announced only this card today.
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    rbarnhart , April 4, 2014 5:21 PM
    You can find the confirmation discussed posted on Sapphire Technology Facebook timeline.
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    hannibal , April 5, 2014 7:34 AM
    Interesting... so they seems to be waiting for 20nm cards for 8Gb versions. Maybe a wise thing to do. 4 Gb is quite good for 4K usage at this moment, and in reality 4K would actually benefit for more speed, so next model will be more interesting.
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    RedJaron , April 7, 2014 2:15 PM
    I like the Vapor-X line, but the 270X version was a big letdown. Let's hope the 290X lives up to the name: cool and quiet.
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    bemused_fred , April 12, 2014 5:40 AM
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    This thing is awesome! I can't wait to see the clocks on the 8GB Toxic edition! It could beat the Titan Black...
    What the hell do you need 8GB for unless you're a professional animator working in 4K HD?


    To the absolute cretin that downvoted this: why? Why do you think I'm wrong? Do you have any evidence to suggest my statement is false? Or are you just mindlessly downvoting any view that contradicts your own?

    Go on, post some actual evidence that anyone who isn't donig graphics design and rendering on ultra-high-res monitors needs 8GB of ram. Spoiler alert: you can't.
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    n3cw4rr10r , April 12, 2014 8:02 AM
    The card is being listed for $499 on amazon. Here is the link : http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-VAPOR-X-PCI-Express-Graphics-11227-04-40G/dp/B00JJJW4Z2/ref=sr_1_14?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1397314693&sr=1-14&keywords=sapphire+r9+290.

    Request: Can you guys do a comparison of the partner r9 290 cards?. I am in the market for one, the prices are a lot more reasonable and am lost as to which one to pick.
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    RedJaron , April 14, 2014 4:25 PM
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    To the absolute cretin that downvoted this: why? Why do you think I'm wrong? Do you have any evidence to suggest my statement is false? Or are you just mindlessly downvoting any view that contradicts your own?

    Go on, post some actual evidence that anyone who isn't donig graphics design and rendering on ultra-high-res monitors needs 8GB of ram. Spoiler alert: you can't.

    Getting wound up for an anonymous downvote and throwing insults around probably isn't the best way to present your case.

    And actually, I can think of a reason for an 8GB VRAM card: Crossfire. Get a pair of those for triple 1440 screens. It's a niche case, but the people who get the highest line cards are also comparatively niche.
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