Sapphire Technology Ltd., the first-string supplier of graphics cards based on AMD chips, introduces its proprietary version of Radeon R9 290 adapter – R9 290 Vapor-X OC. As seen from the title, the model features an original Vapor-X cooler with three low-noise fans and has received factory overclocking. Bright design and outstanding performance makes this card a desirable acquirement for enthusiasts and overclockers.
Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC is based on Hawaii PRO GPU (28 nm, GCN architecture) with 2560 stream processors. It runs at 1030 MHz frequency. The chip is accompanied by 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit interface) that operates at 5600 MHz effective frequency. The card is developed for PCI Express 3.0 x16 rail and is powered through a pair of sockets: 1x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin.
The award-winning Vapor-X cooler consists of an evaporator and five heatpipes. The main heat-pipe features 10 mm diameter, two other – 8 mm, and the last two – 6 mm. This combination is complemented with three 90 mm Tri-X fans. The evaporator along with the fans provides for the reduction of operational temperature by 5-10 degrees, if compared with the models employing Tri-X system only.
An interesting fact: thermal condition of the card is highlighted on the Sapphire’s logo; as the temperature rises, the logo alters its color from blue (from 0 to 60 degrees) to yellow (from 60 to 80 degrees) and then to red (above 80 degrees).
To continue, R9 290 Vapor-X OC is equipped with four video ports for the connection with monitors: 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 2x DVI. In addition, the model supports Mantle, OpenGL 4.3, and DirectX 11.2 standards, as well as monitors with 4K resolution. The list of AMD’s proprietary technologies supported by the card embraces PowerTune, CrossFire, TrueAudio, ZeroCore, HD3D, and Eyefinity.