Sapphire has finally revealed its new Radeon graphics card: the R9 290X Vapor-X OC. This graphics card carries the Vapor-X name for a very simple reason; built into its cooler is a vapor chamber.
If you thought that the R9 290X Tri-X from Sapphire was cool, then this is cool on a whole new level (pun intended). The vapor-chamber will draw the heat generated by the GPU away even faster than did the heatpipes in the Tri-X cooler, which combined with the rest of the fin array and triple-fan configuration found on this card will result in temperatures between 5 and 10 degrees C lower than on the older Tri-X card, according to Sapphire. The cooler is still built with the Tri-X design though, as it features the same 10 mm core heatpipe, beside which reside two 8 mm heatpipes and another two 6 mm heatpipes; it's just that there's a vapor-chamber between the heatpipes and the GPU. The fans are also the same 90 mm fans.
This even beastlier cooler has allowed Sapphire to overclock the card beyond the clocks with which it has previously sold cards. The R9 290X Vapor-X OC carries a factory overclock bringing the GPU frequency up to 1080 MHz – 80 MHz above reference. The memory is also overclocked and now runs at an effective speed of 5.64 GHz. Unlike what past rumors may have indicated though, the card does not come with 8 GB of memory, but rather with the standard 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.
Naturally, such an extreme card has to come with a little extra bling. On the side of the cooler users will find a sapphire logo that will normally be illuminated blue, but when you start gaming it'll turn yellow and eventually glow red when the card is running nice and toasty.
The card will be on shelves soon.