To boldy go where no 290X has gone before?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2014 - 06:11 PM |
Tagged: factory overclocked, sapphire, R9 290X, Vapor-X R9 290X TRI-X OC

As far as factory overclocks go, the 1080MHz core and 5.64GHz RAM on the new Sapphire Vapor-X 290X is impressive and takes the prize for the highest factory overclock on this card [H]ard|OCP has seen yet.  That didn't stop them from pushing it to 1180MHz and 5.9GHz after a little work which is even more impressive.  At both the factory and manual overclocks the card handily beat the reference model and the manually overclocked benchmarks could meet or beat the overclocked MSI GTX 780 Ti GAMING 3G OC card.  The speed is not the only good feature, Intelligent Fan Control keeps two of the three fans from spinning when the GPU is under 60C which vastly reduces the noise produced by this card.  It is currently selling for $646, lower than the $710 that the GeForce is currently selling for as well.

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"We take a look at the SAPPHIRE Vapor-X R9 290X TRI-X OC video card which has the highest factory overclock we've ever encountered on any AMD R9 290X video card. This video card is feature rich and very fast. We'll overclock it to the highest GPU clocks we've seen yet on R9 290X and compare it to the competition."

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August 13, 2014 | 10:46 PM - Posted by Toxic (not verified)

The second fastest GPU in the world is here. Can't wait for the fastest GPU in the world, the 295X Toxic.

August 14, 2014 | 04:49 AM - Posted by Ophelos

I've been reading about this card for a few months now, even the R9 290 version. In some cases the R9 290 can even beat out the titan.

I keep going back an forth on getting one of these 2 cards. The reason why i keep looking at the R9 290 is because it's only $440.

August 14, 2014 | 05:29 AM - Posted by Lithium (not verified)


August 14, 2014 | 10:29 AM - Posted by ZoA (not verified)

I know, it's is so quiet one can't avoid falling asleep!

August 14, 2014 | 08:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I own a 290, paying a further ~$150 for just 4 more compute units doesn't make sense IMO.
The Sapphire mousepad included is crap.

August 14, 2014 | 10:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I own three 290s and yes the 290X isn't worth it. I also wonder whos buying all the Nvidia cards? I had both AMD and Nvidia Cards and I personaly see no reason to buy top of the line Nvidia Cards. Price/Performance is way worse than AMD and I had driver issues with both in the past.

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