Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 Tri-X OC Review
Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 Tri-X OC
I can say from the beginning that among my favorite custom implementations dedicated to AMD GPUs are the ones from Sapphire. Well designed aftermarket cooling, good factory overclocking, simple and effective overclocking software (TriXX) coupled with a fair price made the Sapphire models increasingly popular with PC users everywhere.
Some time ago I tested Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X OC which, although it was based on an AMD reference PCB, left a good impression due to the cooling system and custom BIOS. The BIOS had the maximum voltage for GPU unlocked for a maximum of 1.4V and also the Power Limit was slightly higher from the factory in order not to artificially limit the graphic card’s performance. These things combined helped us achieve a maximum GPU frequency of 1260MHz without any modification to the VGA card, frequency that many people barely get on LN2.
Today we deal with a more interesting card, judging by the specifications and market positioning at least. For some time, Radeon R9 290 is the video card with the best price / performance ratio on the market (except for the period when prices of AMD VGAs were artificially inflated due to the phenomenon of crypto-currency mining).
The model we are testing today is based on a Sapphire redesigned PCB, a new Vapor-X cooler based on Vapor Chamber Technology and comes with factory set frequencies significantly exceeding those specified by AMD. If you correlate that Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 Tri-X OC runs at frequencies higher than the reference version Radeon R9 290X with the fact that the clock-per-clock performance difference is pretty small between R9 290 and R9 290X, then we must admit that this model is very interesting.