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SAPPHIRE TRI-X 100361-3SR 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 Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X Graphics Card keeps you in the fight whatever the circumstances. It features the latest GCN (graphics core next) architecture from AMD, with 2816 stream processing units and an enhanced engine clock of up to 1010Mhz. It is equipped with 4GB of the latest high performance GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit interface and now clocked at 1250 MHz (5.0 GHz effective), delivering higher bandwidth than the reference design. The Sapphire Tri-X cooler offers a cool environment for stable GPU performance.

  • newegg SAPPHIRE Tri-X Cooling Technology The Sapphire Tri-X cooler takes GPU cooling to the next level with its triple-fan design. A cooler GPU results in stable graphics performance.
  • newegg DirectX 11.2 The R9 290X offers support for the new DirectX 11.2. The tessellation performance is two times faster than the previous generation, and DirectCompute performance is also faster to accelerate advanced post-processing, filtering, and anti-aliasing techniques.
  • newegg Revolutionary Mantle makes the most of GCN AMD’s Mantle is a groundbreaking graphics API. It revolutionizes the PC gaming experience by speaking the language of Graphics Core Next architecture and freeing up some extra CPU capacity. The massive processing power of 28 nm GCN (Graphic Core Next) Architecture now will be efficiently presented in your Mantle-enabled PC games.
  • newegg AMD Eyefinity 2.0 Technology Enjoy the ultimate panoramic computing and gaming experience. AMD Eyefinity 2.0 Technology enables “wrap around” multidisplay configuration. And with ultra resolution support, you can combine multiple HD monitors.
  • newegg AMD PowerTune Technology and AMD ZeroCore Technology AMD PowerTune Technology offers intelligent power monitoring. It enables higher clock speeds and better performance which can be applied on the broad set of applications that have thermal headroom. AMD ZeroCore Technology allows your AMD Radeon GPU to consume virtually no power when in idle state to save power.
  • newegg AMD CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology for R9 290 Series The R9 290 Series has the ability to support AMD CrossFire Technology mode without the need for a hardware strap or "CrossFire ribbon", while maintaining the same quality and performance that AMD CrossFire Technology is known to deliver. AMD CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Ryan D.
  • 3/31/2014 12:13:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome card!

Pros: Runs very stable smooth and quiet while gaming. Achieved great frame rates from one as well as two in crossfire. Never get hot, highest recorded temp with standard auto fan mode was 76 degrees celcius.

Mining I'm able to pull 975-984 stable kh/s out of these cards.

That's at 1025mhz core and 1500mhz memory. Intensity 20, thread concurrency 32765, powertune 20% are the settings I use.

These stay nice and cool and don't sound obnoxiously loud like the other cards I had previously.

Reports around 720w at the wall from my Kill-a-Watt meter. This is using an i3-2100, 128gb crucial m4 ssd, and an 8gb stick of crucial 1866mhz 1.5v ram. The rig also has a cooler master cpu cooler but no additional fans.

This would suggest that these cards are probably pulling ~350w a piece at full tilt with stock voltage. This is running on a Seasonic x850 PSU without a problem.

Cons: None that I can think of. Great cards, but a bit more expensive for what I would assume is not a significant performance gain. The reason I bought these specifically is because they are awesome miners, and stay considerably more cool.

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  • Matthew S.
  • 3/24/2014 11:36:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Card So far

Pros: Fast, great benchmarks, runs bf4 on ultra with no hiccups by itself.

top mounted power slots help with space

surprisingly silent

Cons: Can run warm but the factory stock fan setting is just at 33% use your catalyst and bump it up to 50+% and it fixed the temp,

Read the Dimensions of this card, Make sure you have room for 12 inches of card

Price is no better than the 780 ti's

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  • Frank W.
  • 3/10/2014 4:59:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat card

Pros: This is a great card. Considering the performance of the reference card vs this one. This card is quite a bit quieter and operates around 20c cooler.

I was able to achieve 965 Kh/sec mining scrypt based coins without too much work.

Cons: While the card is fairly quiet at idle speeds and while gaming. While mining it does sound like a small turbine attempting to fly your desktop up to 10,000 feet.

This card is massive! I had a full size Nvidia 580gtx before this card replaced it. To get this card to fit required me to remove the hard drive cage.

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  • Mark O.
  • 3/5/2014 11:49:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsThe best 290x currently available, but a disappointment overall

Pros: Runs most games really well at 1440p 120 FPS.
Gets 850-900 kh/s in mining
Doesn't go over 75-80c in gaming

Cons: Cards run very hot in idle (50-55c)
Memory can't handle an OC over +60mhz (Hynix)
AMD drivers are a huge pain in the rear
Occasional stutters
Cooler should be better for the premium

Other Thoughts: Overall the Tri-X is a decent card and the best 290x available on the market at the moment(which is not really saying much as many of the aftermarket ones suffer from massive issues). However it is really not worth the premium Sapphire charges for it as compared to other flagship GPU coolers it is poor (even compared to Sapphire's own Toxic and Vapor-X). It's loud at times and can't keep the card under 50c in idle.

This card is really made for miners as it's the only 290x that can almost always hit 850kh/s on air. I personally got a very bad clocker as far as the memory goes, but most report much better numbers.

My recommendation is to pass on this card and wait for the non-ref PCB variants (Sapphire Toxic/Vapor-X, MSI Lightning, etc.) which will probably fair much better with temps and OCing. However if you have your mind set on 290x now, pick up this one.

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  • George N.
  • 3/4/2014 1:11:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet Card

Pros: For gaming, the card is sweet sweet sweet. Although don't use the Sapphire OC tool if you want to push it, get the MSI Afterburner as it works, has profiles, exact fan settings, easier to use, etc etc...

I'm running all games I've thrown at it at 1080p without a hitch. Ultimately will pair them against a 4k display to actually take them to their limits. Right now not breaking a sweat. This includes Metro 2033 (all of them), Crysis (all of them), heck, even STALKER Clear Sky runs well (yes, that's not a new game, but its notoriously inefficent).

Mining. Do not listen to the first reviewers - this IS a 900-1000 KH/s card. However, do your research. It will NOT do those numbers out of the box. My happy point is 1040Mhz Core, 1525Mhz memory OC, using SGMiner w/ paramaters: -I 20 -g 1 -w 512 --thread-concurrency 32765. This is on a Windows 8.1 x64 OS. I hover right around 950Kh/s average, rock-stable mining for days at a time. Ultimately will try under Linux to squeeze out that golden 1MH/s number. Point of order - I use the MSI Afterburner to set the OC profiles, then set them back when I'm done mining. The SGMiner and CGMiner OC functionality is dangerous because if not shut down properly, will not revert the OC to stable levels for normal usage! I learned this the hard way, so take heed.

Card runs very cool - I've pushed to 1080 Mhz Core 1525Mhz memory and it never broke 75C, hovered around 73 to 74 the whole time.

Cons: Noise.

Now, don't get me wrong - when compared to stock cooling options that are more akin to turbo-jets at take-off, this thing is whisper quiet.

But relative to your gaming room/office, once you ramp up those fan profiles to push the fans to 50%-60% when the card is mining, it can get pretty loud. Furthermore, as another reviewer mentioned, there IS some very obvious buzzing from the fans.

Now, this ONLY happens when the fans are pushed that hard, which should never need to happen for games. The cooler is more then sufficent to tackle resource hogging games and stay under 40%, while keeping the card under 70C. However for mining, I like to overcool the card beyond what the stock cooling profile calls for, and that is when I get the buzzing.

I'm not knocking an egg off for this because of two reasons.
1) The cooler works, very well, and I have protection profiles set to shut down mining and the card if the tempertures go too high - meaning if one of the fans gives out. More then likely, the cooling assembly just isn't geared to take that much vibration. It may even be possible to find the point of buzzing and sound-deaden it. Which brings me to point 2:
2) Since its only loud when its mining, and since its only mining when I'm not around to use my PC for other reasons - I never actually have to experience or deal with the noise.

Other Thoughts: Got two of these. I'm a gamer first, miner second. Bought one at a time (of course price dropped $20 right after I purchased the second one... oh well - I mined $20 worth of coins in the time it took for the price to drop so I guess its a wash). Am very happy with purchase.

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  • Stephen P.
  • 2/28/2014 6:26:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed..

Pros: They look pretty, and that's about it.

Cons: I purchased 2x of these. First thing I noticed when turning them on was a buzz that is from the casing around the fans. Something makes it hum... Haven't quite figured that out yet.

One of my boxes were opened? And the other one had the stickers on the latches of the box still intact... What is this about?

The price also dropped $30.00 exactly as SOON as I purchased both... BOTH cards.

I've done extensive stress testing so far on these things, and they don't compare at ALL to what the information says on the box or online about these cards. I mainly bought them for mining, and it was stated online that they could reach an average of 950-1000 kh/s... More like 500-800 for me... And yes, it ranges.

The voltages drop constantly on the cards, and it is hard to determine the performance over a GTX480 to be honest.

I logged into GW2 just to see if anything was different, and no... Nothing was different. Maybe 10 FPS? And I'm running these things in CFX vs a GTX480 Superclocked. Pitty.

Other Thoughts: If I had to do it all over again, I would NOT buy these cards.

For 1 being newegg dropped the price, 2; Performance was not indicated at all (Running CCC 14.2) of what was stated to run, and 3; the CFX utility is almost a gimmick unless I'm doing something wrong which I highly doubt.

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  • Steven B.
  • 2/28/2014 1:37:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for mining

Pros: Great card for mining. running in the 900 KH/s range. Runs "cool" at ~70 degrees.

Cons: Expensive. Can be difficult to configure for mining out of the box. Not a lot of content on the web for reference.

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