Wednesday, May 20th 2009

Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X Pictured

Having hit the 1.00 GHz (core) mark with its recently-introduced Radeon HD 4890 Atomic Vapor-X, Sapphire still finds the need for a card with the Vapor-X cooler sans the factory-overclocking, leaving some headroom for enthusiasts to play with. The new HD 4890 Vapor-X uses a non-reference blue PCB, along with the Vapor-X cooler similar to that on the HD 4870 Vapor-X model. A vapor-chamber plate makes direct contact with the GPU. It conveys heat to a radial heatsink cooled by a central fan. The memory is cooled by heatsinks, while the VRM-area is cooled by a heatsink of its own.

Sapphire uses AMD reference clock speeds: 850 MHz (core), and 975 MHz memory. The card features 1 GB of GDDR5 memory. Its outputs are care of DVI, D-Sub, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors provided right on the card. The card will reach retail in a few weeks' time.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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40 Comments on Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X Pictured

#1
hat
Enthusiast
Yeah, I've noticed, I just find it odd that there's a billion different models of the same card.
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GSG-9
by: hat
Yeah, I've noticed, I just find it odd that there's a billion different models of the same card.
Why is that odd? This is exactly what has happened in the video card industry since AGP 8x.

If you want a new video card criticize Nvidia and AMD not the 3rd parties.
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#3
iStink
Perhaps these are just cards that failed 1ghz stress testing in the 1ghz atomic line?
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#4
GSG-9
by: iStink
Perhaps these are just cards that failed 1ghz stress testing in the 1ghz atomic line?
That's what eVGA did with the 7800 black pearl's and standard cards back when they made them.
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#5
extrasalty
I don't understand why Vapor-X is not more popular if it works that good. I can easily see custom shaped plates covering GPU,memory and VRM that could be useful for air and water cooling.Wishful thinking:banghead:
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#6
ShadowFold
by: iStink
Perhaps these are just cards that failed 1ghz stress testing in the 1ghz atomic line?
Sapphire said the VaporX are stock clocked cards with better cooling and the toxic are the overclocked with the good coolers.
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#7
mdm-adph
by: TheMailMan78
My point was that when I finally get the money together or enough balls to make a purchase it seems whatever I bought is already outdated. I'm never ahead. I always have just enough to keep my head above water. :laugh:

I mean just look at my scores in my specs. They are horrible.
Judging from your specs, you have more than enough to "keep your head above water." :laugh:

Look at some statistics that companies like Steam release on what kind of hardware their users are gaming with (http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/videocard/) -- you'd be amazed at the sheer amount of people still gaming on Geforce 8600GT's or ATI 9800 Pro's or just plain ol' Intel Graphics.

And yeah, about your scores -- have you tried running 3dmark06 with just one card?
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: mdm-adph
Judging from your specs, you have more than enough to "keep your head above water." :laugh:

Look at some statistics that companies like Steam release on what kind of hardware their users are gaming with (http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/videocard/) -- you'd be amazed at the sheer amount of people still gaming on Geforce 8600GT's or ATI 9800 Pro's or just plain ol' Intel Graphics.

And yeah, about your scores -- have you tried running 3dmark06 with just one card?
Yeah one card is no better. It HAS to be my CPU.
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#9
Cool Mike
Nice Card. My reference Asus 4890 tweak is running 1ghz core 24/7 with no issues. One question, can we clock it over 1ghz. I wished I could go beyond 1ghz. I prefer not to use riva tuner.
Hope to see more 1ghz++ offerings soon.
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#10
u2konline
YAY , more brick houses looking PCIE cards.
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#11
CyberDruid
I like the look of that card. Ideal for a blue themed build.
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#13
h3llb3nd4
by: hayder.master
nice design , but i miss the red color
You can use spray paint:D
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#14
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: u2konline
YAY , more brick houses looking PCIE cards.
Why don't you go overclock an abacus or something?
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#15
intel igent
OOOOH! native HDMI!! me likey :D

think this sucker will push a 37" HD LCD?
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