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Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC Runs Even Cooler

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.

Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • bemused_fred
    The LED's make it run cooler, right?
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  • CaptainTom
    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
    That looks amazing,but sadly I don't need an upgrade...
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  • holyprof
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Looks so beautiful...If only I had the money.
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