Monday, January 26th 2015

Sapphire Announces Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X with Higher Clocks

Following the successful introduction of the industry's first 8GB R9 290X graphics card with its Vapor-X model, SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced another 8GB card sporting the highly acclaimed SAPPHIRE exclusive Tri-X triple fan cooler, enhanced clocks and dual BIOS, making the large frame buffer option available at a slightly lower cost.

The SAPPHIRE R9 290X Tri-X 8GB features the latest GCN (graphics core next) architecture from AMD with 2816 stream processing units and an enhanced engine clock of up to 1020 MHz. It is equipped with 8 GB of the latest high performance GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit interface and now clocked at 1375 MHz (5.5GHz effective) delivering higher bandwidth than earlier models. Built on a SAPPHIRE original pcb, the layout incorporates a 6-phase power design delivering up to 240 watts (40 watts per phase) for maximum performance. Two 8-pin power connectors ensure adequate system power is available (up to 375 Watts total including PCI-Express power).
The SAPPHIRE Tri-X cooler used on the R9 290 series was the industry's first cooler to use a central 10 mm heatpipe in addition to four subsidiary heatpipes ensuring even heat distribution throughout the heatsink assembly., The three fans have dust repelling bearings now each with dual ball races. They are equipped with aerofoil section blades to deliver highly efficient airflow at low noise levels, and the fan cowling is designed to control the routing of the airflow for maximum cooling efficiency.

With support for Ultra HD (4K displays) and AMD Eyefinity multi-screen technology, the SAPPHIRE R9 290 series maximises the visual experience for work or play with superior image quality and high resolution displays. Testing has shown the increased frame buffer of the R9 290X 8GB model brings performance benefits in high resolution photo and video editing, as well as providing for the large texture maps beginning to be used in some video games, especially where extreme mods are used.

The R9 290X uses the PCI-Express 3.0 interface and supports multiple cards in AMD CrossFire natively without the need for bridge cables. In addition to superior cooling and performance, SAPPHIRE has also implemented DUAL BIOS on the Tri-X models, with an LED illuminated button switch, ensuring that the cards boot and deliver maximum performance in systems with both UEFI and legacy BIOS implementations.

The SAPPHIRE R9 290 series is equipped with AMD TrueAudio technology which brings a heightened level of audio immersion, surrounding gamers with realistic audio environments whether it is through stereo headsets or speakers. A dedicated audio processor in the GPU enables the SAPPHIRE R9 290 series to deliver a richer and deeply immersive soundscape, including true to life echoes, convolution reverbs and incredibly realistic surround sound environments.

SAPPHIRE 8GB R9 290X Vapor-X and Tri-X models are in production now and will be available from SAPPHIRE's usual etail and retail partners.
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10 Comments on Sapphire Announces Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X with Higher Clocks

#1
Joss
I would consider a crossfire with two of this.
It would be a challenge to build a silent rig with something so hot.

The problem is AMD's drivers and the constant complains about artifacts .
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#2
RejZoR
Why are they always so conservative!? Push the damn thing to 1,2GHz GPU and 1,5GHz (6GHz effective) on memory and then we can talk.
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#3
xfia
a higher clock is hardly needed.. this thing is meant for crossfire for 4k and eyefinity. high boost clocks show the most worth at 1080p but the higher you go the less it matters.. I know there was a reason for it that I cant recall but it was one of toms articles.

73c is average for a tri-x and when you go crossfire or even sli.. why not a case with a side fan? easiest way to get lower temps on both gpu's without having the top gpu hotter.

I got a 7850 and a 290 with no artifacts or driver issues.. maybe some people don't know what they are doing? is windows installed uefi on your uefi motherboard that has a uefi gpu?

edit - I just wanted to add having windows installed uefi may not the end all for issues but when I bought my motherboard that said uefi on it I researched it and found several useful videos. what made decide to reinstall windows was that legacy is old and was made for like 32bit and needs to a conversion for 64bit so it seemed like a no brainer to me.
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#4
mx500torid
I have Windforce 290x 1140 core and a XFX DD 290x 1050 core and they both run cooler than my GTX 780 Ti or GTX 780.. The reference editions I hear they run hot but mine do not. 76c and 78c 100% load running folding@home. Both on auto fan. To make a statement like 290x run hot is silly. Some might i dont know but I do know some dont.
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#5
TheGuruStud
20 mhz is not overclocked. Just wow.

If everyone releases 1,050 mhz cards...you're underclocking it.
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#6
GhostRyder
Joss
I would consider a crossfire with two of this.
It would be a challenge to build a silent rig with something so hot.

The problem is AMD's drivers and the constant complains about artifacts .
My rig has 3, is quiet, and does not have driver issues or artifacting in any game...

RejZoR
Why are they always so conservative!? Push the damn thing to 1,2GHz GPU and 1,5GHz (6GHz effective) on memory and then we can talk.
I managed that on my trio.


Surprised this card is not clocked higher, seems like they could easily put these up to 1100mhz stock and really get some more interest at this point heck if they binned hard enough they could go higher on these and really turn some heads.
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#7
Chaitanya
Joss
I would consider a crossfire with two of this.
It would be a challenge to build a silent rig with something so hot.

The problem is AMD's drivers and the constant complains about artifacts .
I use both AMD and nVidia based solutions for computations at my workplace(do use those for occasional gaming) , I never noticed any such problems with either of two.
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#8
HisDivineOrder
mx500torid
I have Windforce 290x 1140 core and a XFX DD 290x 1050 core and they both run cooler than my GTX 780 Ti or GTX 780.. The reference editions I hear they run hot but mine do not. 76c and 78c 100% load running folding@home. Both on auto fan. To make a statement like 290x run hot is silly. Some might i dont know but I do know some dont.
I think that "run hot" means how much heat 1) your GPU is showing in its temps or 2) how much heat your GPU is pumping out of your case into the surrounding environment.

The R9 290X is "hotter" than the 780 series. Now whether that heat is shown in an inefficient cooler in a higher GPU temperature OR by heating up your room, it all depends on the quality of your card and/or the quality of your PC cooling solution.
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#9
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
I have 4 case fans currently, the gpu stays inaudible (vaporX)
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#10
Twil44
This creamsicle/botterscotch color looks a lot sexier in person. Hopefully I can find matching components for it.
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