Friday, April 4th 2014

SAPPHIRE Launches Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X OC

SAPPHIRE technology, the leading manufacturer and global supplier of AMD-based graphics products, has just announced an exciting new model in the successful R9 series of graphics cards. The SAPPHIRE R9 290 Vapor-X OC features several of the company's industry-leading technologies and a factory overclock to deliver best in class performance with very low noise.

Based on the award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture from AMD with 2560 Stream Processors, the SAPPHIRE R9 290 Vapor-X is an Overclocked edition which boasts 4 GB of the latest GDDR5 memory running at 1400 MHz (5.6 GB/s effective) and high speed engine clocks of 1030 MHz. Together these clocks deliver industry leading performance - but to achieve this performance with stability and reliability demands high quality components throughout the design (especially in the power control circuitry) together with a sophisticated cooling solution.

SAPPHIRE Innovations
The advanced cooling system for the new SAPPHIRE Vapor-X series has been engineered with a combination of SAPPHIRE innovative technologies to provide not just efficient cooling, but also quiet operation. At the core of the cooling system is the SAPPHIRE exclusive Vapor-X technology. SAPPHIRE pioneered the use of vapor chamber technology on graphics cards and has now used it in several generations of highly successful products. The vapor chamber is mounted between the GPU itself and the base of the heatsink and cooler assembly to ensure the maximum transfer of heat away from the GPU into the cooler.

The new Vapor-X cooler uses SAPPHIRE's latest and highly acclaimed Tri-X structure comprising five heatpipes and three efficient fans. The core heatpipe is an industry leading 10mm pipe, flanked by two 8 mm pipes and two 6 mm pipes ensuring even heat distribution across the cooler. The three 90 mm fans use aerofoil section blades for maximum airflow with minimum noise, and are each equipped with two sets of dust repelling ball bearings.

The stylish fan shroud also contains moulded guides to control the airflow across and through the cooler, including over the Power Control circuitry. The combination of Vapor-X and Tri-X technologies results in GPU temperatures between 5 and 10 degrees cooler than with Tri-X alone - delivering industry leading cooling for this generation of graphics cards.

Another new feature of the cooler on this new model is a PCB Component heat spreader. Along the edge of the card the PCB is extended and one of the copper layers left exposed. An additional heatsink mounted directly to this copper layer allows heat absorbed into the PCB from the GPU and other components to be transferred to the heatsink and cooled by the airflow. This feature alone can reduce core temperature by several degrees.

New VRM Engine
To deliver sufficient power for maximum performance, the Vapor-X series uses Digital Power control and a new Aero6 VRM section delivering 6-phase power with high power Direct-FET technology to the GPU, memory and control circuitry. The power design uses the latest version of SAPPHIRE Black Diamond chokes, so called because they feature a black ferrite cooler for cool running and better efficiency. High reliability solid electrolyte capacitors are used throughout. The Aero6 gets its name because the layout of the 6-phase power circuits, chokes and the dedicated FET cooler resembles the appearance of a high performance engine.

Recognising that the R9 series will not always be running at high performance, SAPPHIRE has incorporated another new feature in the Vapor-X models, Intelligent Fan Control (IFC). With IFC engaged, if the system is running simpler applications such as 2D work or watching video, only one of the three fans will operate, resulting in near silent operation. As soon as the GPU temperature rises, when performing more demanding tasks such as gaming or 3D rendering, all three fans will operate, and continue to run with fan speeds regulated by the temperature profile. Extreme users or keen gamers might want to have all three fans running all the time, so the card is equipped with an IFC override switch.

How Cool is that?
The user has a simple visual indication of the temperature of the card as the colour of the LED illuminated SAPPHIRE logo on the side of the card will change from blue when cool, through yellow and on to red when running hot.

Universal Compatibility
The SAPPHIRE R9 290 Vapor-X is equipped with a Dual BIOS - so at the touch of a button it can be switched between compatibility with the latest UEFI or for use in legacy based systems. For optimum performance this card should be used in a mainboard with PCI Express Gen 3.0 expansion slots. Multiple cards can be used in AMD CrossFire in a compatible mainboard.

Latest Displays
The SAPPHIRE R9 290 Vapor-X is equipped with Dual DVI-D, High speed HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 outputs enabling it to support the latest digital monitors. It is ideal for use with three monitor Eyefinity set-ups, with no active adapter needed, or with the latest high resolution 4K displays.

The SAPPHIRE R9 290 Vapor-X is shipping now and will be available from the usual SAPPHIRE etailers and retailers.
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30 Comments on SAPPHIRE Launches Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X OC

#1
Xzibit
You can see all sides of the card in this video.
[Cebit 2014] Sapphire Radeon R9 290 & R9 290X Vapor-X OC-Edition - Preview (German)
Youtube: Z8LioFXbgCM

Towards the end you can see how the fans & the glowing logo works on the Toxic model.
Cool = Center Fan only/Blue logo
Hot = All 3 Fans/Yellow logo
Sapphire | R9 290X Vapor-X und Toxic mit 8 (!) GiB VRAM | Cebit 2014
Youtube: tkI7qpmV-aY
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#3
buildzoid
Looks good hope to see a review here. Why is it that all the custom R9 290(X) designs use a 6 phase controller and then either double it or do nothing. I wanna see a true 8 phase design like what the 7970/R9 280X TOXIC has.
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#4
progste
by: buggalugs
Do these have Hynix memory?
that's what they usually mount on vapor-x editions
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#5
buildzoid
by: progste
that's what they usually mount on vapor-x editions
I had an Elpida HD 7970 Vapor-X
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#6
Prima.Vera
Vapor-X. Good cards. Used to own a 5770 and was overclockable like hell.
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#7
neliz
MSI Rep
by: buildzoid
Looks good hope to see a review here. Why is it that all the custom R9 290(X) designs use a 6 phase controller and then either double it or do nothing. I wanna see a true 8 phase design like what the 7970/R9 280X TOXIC has.
Lightning has 10 Phases for GPU, so not sure where "all" comes from there.
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#8
Farmer Boe
by: Prima.Vera
Vapor-X. Good cards. Used to own a 5770 and was overclockable like hell.
Same here...got mine from 850/1125 to 1240/1200 with NO VOLTAGE increase!

Sapphire make some real nice cards no matter the price point.
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#9
Casecutter
Love the pearl blue... much better than the mucky orange they've had. Beautiful and nicely appointed card. If this could have a MSRP of $430 USD very sweet package. But the illuminated Sapphrie logo that changes, blue, yellow, red is not on this R9 290 Vapor-X, only for the on the Toxic models?
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#10
Xzibit
by: Casecutter
Love the pearl blue... much better than the mucky orange they've had. Beautiful and nicely appointed card. If this could have a MSRP of $430 USD very sweet package. But the illuminated Sapphrie logo that changes, blue, yellow, red is not on this R9 290 Vapor-X, only for the on the Toxic models?
Yes, It is.
The new style of the cooler is an easy way to tell. Here is the two new 290s.

SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 290 4GB GDDR5 TRI-X (UEFI)
SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 290 4GB GDDR5 TRI-X OC (UEFI)
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#11
buildzoid
by: neliz
Lightning has 10 Phases for GPU, so not sure where "all" comes from there.
10 true phases? as far as I know there is no 10 phase PWM controller currently in production so it's a doubled 5 phase controller and I'm complaining about the fact that there is no VRM with more than 6 true phases.
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#12
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: buildzoid
10 true phases? as far as I know there is no 10 phase PWM controller currently in production so it's a doubled 5 phase controller and I'm complaining about the fact that there is no VRM with more than 6 true phases.
Does it matter if its "true" or not? Still more phases, means more power, less heat, less stress on individual phases, better power delivery.
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#13
buildzoid
by: MxPhenom 216
Does it matter if its "true" or not? Still more phases, means more power, less heat, less stress on individual phases, better power delivery.
More true phases = less v ripple. A true 8 phase can be built for up to 560A and have close to 60% the ripple of a five phase of the same component quality. For example a 10 phase with a switching frequency of 1000khz at the pwm is only running a 500khz switching frequency in the actual phases so it has the same output power quality as a 1000khz 5 phase design. Doubled up VRMs are great for high current output and low operating temperature but do almost nothing for power quality as such I will always prefer having more true phases than doubled phases.
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#14
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Added more pics. Best looking R9 290 IMO.
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#15
Pinktulips7
After long time since R9 290X has been released infamous Sapphire came out with Vapor-X version with only 1030 Mhz overclock!!!!its lower than Tri-X overclock version and way lower than other Branded Card!!!better design where?I am always a big Fan of Sapphire but this time is very disappointing!!!
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#16
Xzibit
by: Pinktulips7
After long time since R9 290X has been released infamous Sapphire came out with Vapor-X version with only 1030 Mhz overclock!!!!its lower than Tri-X overclock version and way lower than other Branded Card!!!better design where?I am always a big Fan of Sapphire but this time is very disappointing!!!
290X ? This is a 290 announcement.

OLD
SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 290 4GB GDDR5 (UEFI) = 957mhz
SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 290 4GB GDDR5 OC(UEFI) = 1000mhz

NEW
SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 290 4GB GDDR5 TRI-X (UEFI) = 1000mhz
SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 290 4GB GDDR5 TRI-X OC (UEFI) = 1030mhz
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#19
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Para_Franck
Why so blue?
Because the brand's name is "sapphire."
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#20
leeb2013
seems like a low core clock. However, I wonder if I can flash this BIOS to my R9-290 Tri-x?
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#21
Pinktulips7
by: leeb2013
seems like a low core clock. However, I wonder if I can flash this BIOS to my R9-290 Tri-x?
1030 Mhz is a joke!!!
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#23
buildzoid
by: leeb2013
seems like a low core clock. However, I wonder if I can flash this BIOS to my R9-290 Tri-x?
No you can't because the VRM is different also BIOS flashing to get 30mhz more is stupid.
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#24
leeb2013
[QUOTE=buildzoid, post: 3090806, member: 111437"]No you can't because the VRM is different also BIOS flashing to get 10mhz more is stupid.[/quote]10mhz? You can't add up stupid.
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#25
buildzoid
by: leeb2013
10mhz? You can't add up stupid.
Woops sorry misread the post should have been 30mhz.
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