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SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100361-2SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card

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The Radeon R9 290X, the AMD's new flagship GPU, offers the weapon of choice for gamers who demand the best. It's based on the new 28nm Hawaii GPU architecture and introduces the support for DirectX 11.2, capable of rendering reality-redefining imagery in the hottest titles. With a massive number of stream processors and a gigantic 4GB GDDR5 memory, this GPU delivers the performance you need for smooth gameplay at extreme settings. The new CrossFire technology allows you to build a multiple graphics card configuration without the use of interconnect bridges. With Ultra Resolution Gaming you will leave HD in the dust by gaming on displays much, much larger. A rich set of AMD innovative technologies are included, such as App Acceleration, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, and AMD HD3D technology. With these technology advancements, you'll get more than one way to elevate your gaming experience.

This model boasts an enhanced engine clock of up to 1040MHz (1GHz for standard) for smoother gameplay, and Sapphire’s exclusive Tri-X cooling technology for effective and efficient cooling, even under extreme loads.

  • newegg SAPPHIRE Tri-X Cooling Technology Sapphire's exclusive triple-fan design pushes out the heat more efficiently than standard dual fans.
  • newegg Built for Crossfire The card features next generation CrossFire support for up to four graphics cards with no interconnect bridge required.
  • newegg Mantle There’s optimization, and then there’s Mantle. Games enabled with Mantle speak the language of GCN architecture to unlock revolutionary performance and image quality. It’s a game-changing innovation developed by AMD.
  • newegg AMD TrueAudio Technology AMD TrueAudio technology brings the world’s first programmable audio pipeline marking a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio, and more. AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user’s existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience (on supported games).
  • newegg AMD PowerTune Technology AMD PowerTune is a breakthrough technology that sets an entirely new direction for maximum performance at TDP. It allows the GPU to be designed with higher engine clock speeds which can be applied on the broad set of applications that have thermal headroom.
  • newegg AMD Stream Technology Accelerate the most demanding applications with AMD Stream technology and do more with your PC. AMD Stream Technology allows you to use the teraflops of compute power locked up in your graphics processor on tasks other than traditional graphics, such as video encoding, at which the graphics processor is many, many times faster than using the CPU alone.

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  • 3/29/2014 3:10:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFAST & Quiet but costly.

Pros: Everything , it's fast and it really is quiet ! also it runs cool compared to my 2 Gigabyte 7980's, they were like space heaters inside the puter. Booted on first try, no problems so far, and I don't expect any.

Cons: NO free game with this baby.....................For such a high price something free would have been nice , like a TiTANFALL download.

Other Thoughts: Do your homework before you buy this monster. Remember it's just over 12 inches long including the plastic fan shroud.

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  • Benjamin P.
  • 3/26/2014 5:13:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo Backplate No problem

Pros: Despite it's appearance, it's actually a very very sturdy card. I would have thought a back plate would have been necessary, but from my hands on experience with this card, it doesn't need a back plate. The heat sink runs the length of the card, and keeps the PCB from bowing at all. Which is good, because this card is LONG. I thought a back plate would be necessary given how ridiculously large this card is, but newp, it's find.

Hynix memory dimms mean better mining, if thats your deal. In general the overclock ability of this card is awesome depending on how well your case ventilates.

Cons: Fan is a little weird at certain speeds...~80-100% speed. Might mean a bad fan later on, but that's a simple RMA.

Other Thoughts: It's worth the money, the MSI lightning edition might be a better option if it ever comes in stock.

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  • Kirk W.
  • 2/9/2014 8:41:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic card! Very quiet

Pros: Very Fast and Very QUIET! Absolutely fantastic combo. Most cards get very loud under load. This one can be hashing at 20 intensity (max load for you non-miners) 2 feet from your head and you can barely hear it.

Cons: Long, 12 inches, make sure it will fit in your case or buy a new case.
Currently overpriced. Newegg has had it as high as $799 recently. I got mine for $699 and I thought that was way too much.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these, one for my machine and one for my wife's. We have our computers in the family room so we needed something quiet and I didn't want the hassle of watercooling. These fit the bill perfectly.

My wife and I like to game together, sometimes while watching TV so we have our PCs set up in the family room. Her PC is behind our chairs so it must be quiet since when we recline it's only a few feet from my right ear. I can barely hear her PC even with it mining litecoin at full speed. Card never gets to 80 degrees. I have another brand 290x in the basement for mining, I can't get it to hash as fast as these (70-80mhps difference) even at the same or higher clock speeds, and it sounds like a hairdryer (that isn't an exaggeration for effect... it really does) when mining. Beware the reference cooler. That one is actually outside the case on a riser next to a cracked open window in February and it sits at nearly 95 degrees C.

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  • William C.
  • 2/8/2014 11:42:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFantastic but large card

Pros: -Absolutely amazing card. Blows any game I throw at it out of the water.
-Cooler is much quieter than reference blowers!
-As a gamer who mines on the side, 980 kh/s per card! Nuff said!
-Even faster in Crossfire, no bridge needed!
-3 monitors w/o display port, 4 with! Great eyefinity experience

Cons: -Card states dual-slot cooler design, however cooler is 1/8-1/4" lower than reference cooler, and it blocks the PCI-e slot 2 slots below the card, making that slot useless (had a sounblaster card there). Will probably need to get a motherboard with a PCI-e slot ABOVE the card to use the soundblaster again. (minus 1/2 egg).
-Catalyst Control Center is occasionally buggy, sometimes computer freezes in crossfire mode (minus 1/2 egg).

Other Thoughts: -Crossfire requires MASSIVE cooling with these cards. To keep both cards at 85 degrees, the fans have to churn at 60+ %, causing some noise around 40dB. I have an Antex P193 case, so there is tons of airflow (2x 120mm jetflo intake, 1x 120mm rear, 1x 200mm side, and 2x 140mm top exhaust). Single card has no cooling issues, but put two in a case and this baby is a mini space-heater that pulls 900 watts total from the wall outlet.
-Had reference 290s before these. The reference design was buggy and the blower fan not only sounded like a jet engine, but exhausted so much air that the intake fans couldn't keep up and ended up hurting case airflow when in crossfire mode. One card alone was fine and quiet, but two in crossfire was a nightmare.

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  • Chance S.
  • 2/5/2014 5:53:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: great temps even with another card in the case, quieter than stock fan even at 100%, great for mining since its a reference card but always has hynix ram, i can set them all to the same settings and get about 985khs each.

Cons: not many... theres a slight rattling sometimes, can get very annoying but im sure this is my card and not a reflection of the build as a whole. im sure i can narrow down whats causing it and do something about it so no need to take an egg off

Other Thoughts: if your mining in a home rig, maybe one that you want to game on too, this is the best card. if you are mining on open air this might even be a good option because of the guaranteed high quality hynix ram that gets about 100khs more than elpida

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  • robert d.
  • 2/3/2014 9:49:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNeed to fly solo To The Moon? Then THIS is a good card to get you there!

Pros: Gets excellent speeds for all could go all the way To The Moon! WOW!

Temperatures seem to range from 75 to 79 C ....which is pretty good!

Cons: This thing is as long as a Saturn rocket.... 12 Inches in length!!! So be sure you have a large enough landing pad in your case for this Doge to land.

Other Thoughts: Seems to be a great product..... with the temps remaining in the 75-79 C range I would say this card is not really working up a sweat at all!

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  • Angel A.
  • 2/1/2014 5:59:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsBest air-cooled 290x

Pros: The professional reviews show that this is the best air-cooled card on the market. I'm running Battlefield 4 under Windows 7 (64 bit) at 1920 x 1080, with everything maxxed out and the card refreshes the screen faster than my HDTV (60hz).

I almost can't believe how much of a better helicopter pilot I am in BF4 with this improved card -- the increased framerate over my previous card makes a huge difference when aiming my mini-gun at infantry or flying between buildings to avoid Stinger missiles.

Even though it's a pci-e 3.0 card, it's definitely backward-compatible with the pci-e 2.1 implementation on my Asus Rampage 2 Gene motherboard.

Cons: It's 12" long, so I had to remove the hard drive cage (that I wasn't using) in front of it on my Antec 902 case. I'm not removing an egg rating, because I don't need the drive cage.

Additionally, my Rampage 2 Gene motherboard's second pci-e 2.1 slot is so close to the card that it would restrict airflow to one of the fans the card if I had left my tiny add-on USB 3.0 expansion card in there (I didn't need that either). I never do crossfire (prefer simpler, single-card solutions), so no egg rating removed here either.

Other Thoughts: Asus Rampage 2 gene motherboard using pci-e 2.1
Intel Core i7 930 processor
Antec 902 gaming case

I turned up all of the gaming case's fans to their maximum speed (including the add-on side window fan) to give the card as much airflow as possible.

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  • richard b.
  • 1/18/2014 5:39:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It is a vary long card but fit fine. It has ran a lot quieter than exspected. The card or course has ran every game I can throw at it on ultra.

Cons: none that I have found so far.

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  • Larry D.
  • 1/15/2014 9:39:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Video Card

Pros: This is an excellent video card. I tend to try and stay one generation behind so I can pick up my video cards much cheaper however I now run 3 x 27 inch monitors in eyefinity and wanted something that could push them well.

- The card was easy to install
- Standard driver installation from AMD with the Catalyst drivers
- No problems. I setup my eyefinity, extended and TV out groups in minutes
- The card runs much cooler than the reference 290x's. My idle temps are between 35 - 37 degrees C and after gaming for about an hour with multiple games as tests I maxed out at 74 degrees. I should also note that my apartment is generally very warm
- With the fan set to auto the card generally stays quiet, even at the higher temps
- Able to max out all settings on all games I tried single display
- With some minor tweaking to Anti Aliasing, vsync HDAO settings I could maintain about 40-50 FPS in Call of Duty: Ghosts and Assassins Creed IV in eyefinity running 5876 x 1080 (my resolution after bezel adjustment)
- Mantel support (lets hope this is good as the marketing is suggesting)
- TrueAudio - Something I'm interested in. This reminds me a little bit of Creatives EAX audio enhancements in games that was popular so many years ago.

Another important note that I couldn't find anywhere during my research, is that I have had absolutely no screen tearing in my eyefinity setup of 2 x DVI connections and 1 DP connection. Even my 7979 would screen tear in games like Torchlight II. This is a HUGE plus for me and nice to see corrected as screen tearing is a major pain-point for many AMD eyefinity users.

Cons: I wouldn't say that I've run across any real cons as of yet. Things worth mentioning though are:

- The cost of the card, while cheaper than other 3rd party custom cooler cards, is still a bit more expensive than it should be. Likely for a couple of reasons, those being litecoin mining and the fact that there aren't a lot of 3rd party cooler cards available yet, especially in Canada.

- The other disappointment for me is there doesn't appear to be any Never Settle bundle games with this card. There's no BF4 on the box and no info in it, and based on AMD's site the 290x does not qualify for the siler/gold package they offer. I was hoping that for the flagship card I'd have seen BF4 with it at least.

Other Thoughts: Other things to note:

The card requires a 6 pin and 8 pin power connector. I think that's been standard for awhile with most PSU's, however it does come with the 4 pin molex adapters in the event you don't have an 8 pin connector. It comes with an HDMI cable which is a nice addtion.

The card is very long. Make sure you have room for it in your case

When playing around with MSI afterburner, I turned off the auto fan speed and set it to 100%. The fans are pretty audible at that speed. Oddly though while gaming, even at my max temp, the fans never kicked in to 100% like that. So technically you could override the auto speed, set to 100% and get a little more cooling out of it at the expense of the fans being a little louder.

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  • Matthew S.
  • 1/12/2014 12:28:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood card

Pros: I have previous experience with eyefinity set ups and this card (actually, 2 of them in crossfire) was easy to set up and get rolling with a 3x1 configuration. Works great and lightning fast. Huge improvement in cooling over the reference design.

Cons: These are long cards (12 in.), so make sure you do your homework on cases. I got 2 into my Corsair 500r with no issues and no need to remove any drive cages (though I did anyway just for air flow). Do some searches on power consumption for crossfire and overclocking set ups, as these cards can draw a lot of power if pushed and require a good PSU (750W minimum per Sapphire).

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