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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

  • 2816 Stream Processors
  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0
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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Kevin G.
  • 1/21/2015 10:31:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood once it got a new firmware

Pros: The card seems fine and runs games well, I'm getting great frame rates, and it's dead quiet, which was my primary concern; i have noctua fans in case and when the thing is in full-sprint game mode, it's barely audible.

Tech support was a bit of a nightmare, see below:

Cons: Quite large - measure your case before trying to install. Tech support is pretty bad.

Other Thoughts: Upon install i got lots of random "black screens" - picture would drop out for 5-10 seconds, programs and audio would still running, then picture would re-appear. Was really maddening when trying to play games.

Emailed support, the sent me two files and said "flash the bios". That's it. No instructions. I emailed back and politely asked what to do with those files, that netted me a new email with a PDF that had some basic instructions. The PDF reference a file-uploading utility, took a third email to get that - but the uploading utility was for a different card!

The "fix" for the support guys, after about a dozen emails, was to remove the bios files for the uploader's card, replace them with the two files from the first email, burn that to a bootable DOS USB stick, and type in a command code.

Which didn't work.

So another email and they said "well, the files are different, so you need to use a different command, obviously".

WHY NOT SEND ME ALL THESE BLOODY FILES AND CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS WITH THE FIRST EMAIL?

In the end, I sent about 20 different emails and spent about 4 hours trying to figure out what these incommunicative dolts were trying to get me to do. I'm first to admit that I'm primarily a Mac user, I built a PC for gaming, so this is not a process I'm used to, but even for tech-saavy PC users this was maddening.

But come on, if you ship a card with clearly broken firmware, and you expect end users to fix your problems, can you take 5 minutes to put all the files people need into a single ZIP file and actually bother to write directions for that specific card?

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  • Joseph K.
  • 1/7/2015 7:25:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card

Pros: Very stable card, even at some high overclock values and voltage at 1.31 volts. I have 2 of these, 1 for me and one for the wife and both work flawlessly.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I can't attest to how well the stock cooler on this works as I put a water cooling system in.

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  • Randolph K.
  • 1/3/2015 7:33:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat performance, Coil whine

Pros: I bought this to go in crossfire with my other R9 290x. Fantastic performance.

Cons: After adding second card I am getting what I think people describe as coil whine. A loud high pitch sound when under high graphics load. (3dmark and Dragon age Inquisition) If I turn down the graphics settings in DA the whine stops.

Other Thoughts: I am waiting on a support ticket with Sapphire to see if any thing can be done. hopefully I wont run out of time if I have to RMA.

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  • BRUCE M.
  • 12/20/2014 2:57:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggscompatibility mode

Pros: Very fast. Runs good in my racing games with high frame rate very cool.

Cons: 1) Vibration noise: Had to remove the outer bezel witch was vibrating against the inner plastic frame. It was very noisy. I'm sure this is a design flaw. 2) Only works if UEFI is set to compatibility mode with my ASUS Crosshair-V Formula-Z with Rev 2101 bios (Latest).

Other Thoughts: The heat pipes hang a long way off the back of the card. It's the first time I've had to remove the spare hard drive cage in order to get the card to fit. Removing the metal bezel cover doesn't seem to effect performance. It seems that it's only purpose is aesthetics and doesn't effect air flow in any way. I'm not really thrilled with this card because of these minor problems. I had a Sapphire R9-280X Dual-X OC edition that worked perfectly with the UEFI bios. So I don't understand why the older card works with full UEFI benefits but this one doesn't.

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  • Mark S.
  • 12/3/2014 9:56:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMulti-monitor/ GPU compute

Pros: I have this card running on an Asus Rampage IV Black edition with an Intel Extreme I7-3960X with 48GBs of DDR3-1866 RAM. Multi-monitor and GPU compute performance far exceeds my needs.

Cons: Even though the air cooler is one of the quieter ones, it still can be very annoying when GPU under load. I removed the OEM cooler and installed the appropriate EK Full Cover water block. Noise, clocks, performance are FAR better.

Other Thoughts: I have this card running on an Asus Rampage IV Black edition with an Intel Extreme I7-3960X with 48GBs of DDR3-1866 RAM. Multi-monitor and GPU compute performance far exceeds my needs.

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  • Dan C.
  • 12/1/2014 7:48:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Quiet fast and stays cool. Even going ultra on almost all my games it stays around a cool 40 degrees with minimal fan use.

Cons: Nope none

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  • Jill T.
  • 11/27/2014 11:02:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Card.

Pros: Runs games great.

Cons: Got a defective card at first.

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  • Michael A.
  • 11/27/2014 1:28:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSeriously disappointed.

Pros: Looked nice.
Quiet.
Ran great (for almost 3 weeks)

Cons: It just died. Out of nowhere and for seemingly no reason, it just went to black screen and after several attempts to get it working, it just wouldn't have it. Sometimes I would get to a login screen, other times I wouldn't. Never could get past it though before it went to Black Screen.

Other Thoughts: Bought this on 10/25, got it 10/30, but didn't get it installed until 11/7, and it ran great until 11/27 when it just decided to die.
I wasn't Overclocking it, was even using an 850w power supply to give it a little headroom over the recommended 750w, and I never ran any of my games past "high".

Personal note as to why this sucks -
I got up on Thanksgiving morning wanting to play some games on the first day off I've got in a while and !BAM!, D*** thing craps out 2 days after Newegg's 30day policy ends and since it is Thanksgiving day, I can't even get a hold of them to do anything about it.
Will definitely be on the phone first thing tomorrow and hopefully either Newegg or Sapphire can make this right.

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  • Chris M.
  • 11/26/2014 10:42:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo Not Buy

Pros: Cheap

Cons: This card sucks. If your thinking of spending this much on a video card go with Nvidia. So far I had to reinstall Windows because a driver error caused the screen to go black and would not vew screens in safe mode wither. Then it crashes all the time playing any new games, Titanfall, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, you name it. It goes to blue screen then has to reboot. Also while im in these games the graphics look hazy, like there is a haze on your glasses or something. And it's glitchy. Apparently all AMD cards are this way because AMD drivers suck. Does not happen with Nvidia. Also I didn't open this and wanted to return Newegg would not take it back, even though in the add they said they would take it back till January 5th because of Xmas. Bull shizzer

Other Thoughts: Do not buy AMD. You'll think to yourself like I did, well Nvidia only has 2gb of ram at this price point and I get double the stream processors vs. 1200 Cuda Cores. Well Nvidia just flat out has no issues and is better to use. Even there software to monitor your card is better. AMD's you can't do anything with. If you want to find out what the safe max is to run your card at, you have to guess. With Nvidia you just hit a button that says BEST CONFIGURATION FOR THIS PC. Or whatever it says.

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  • Aaron C.
  • 11/26/2014 3:47:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent performance with minimal noise

Pros: I bought the Tri-X R9 290x early 2014, and it has performed very well. I have used to for some gaming and altcoin mining (like bitcoin, but coins that use different algorithms) and it has done very well. Sapphire has an outstanding (if not the best) cooling solution for the R9 290 series (unlike asus they didn't recycle a cooler designed for a nvidia gpu (the nvidia chip is a different size) which means that the Sapphire cooler actually fits the gpu properly easy ring excellent cooling through good contact. My mining usage is more intense than the average gamers usage, yet the sapphire cooler handles the load very well and some how manages to avoid sounding like a jet engine at the same time. The card is also an excellent overclocker and is one of the few (if not only) single gpu cards that can break 1 gigahash on the scrypt algorithm (sapphire uses top of the line Hynix memory on this card which definitely helps). All in all I would definitely recommend this card to others, it truly is a beast.

Cons: The card is relatively large and there for won't fit in a small case (or even many middle sized cases); however why would you put this beauty in a small case?

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