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SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100363VX-2SR Radeon R9 280X 3GB PCI Express 3.0 TRI-X OC w/ Boost Video Card (UEFI)

  • 3GB
  • PCI Express 3.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Aaron G.
  • 2/3/2015 6:28:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking as Intended

Pros: - One of the best GPU coolers in my opinion. 60-65c during full load, I've never seen this go above 70c.
- Very nice aesthetics.
- I like the blue/black color theme.

Cons: - Card is long but I had no problem fitting inside my Corsair Carbide 500r case.

Other Thoughts: Well I hate starting this review like this but If I would of wrote this review maybe couple months back it would of been very differently.

To begin I am very bummed and mad at this time, I ordered this GPU on 04/07/14 and paid roughly $390. Almost a year has gone by and with that amount of money I could purchased a R9 290x or the new Nvidia GTX 970 which range from $330-$360 as I am writing this review. I had my eyes set on this card(at the time) however due to the gold miners I wasn't able to purchase any R9 280x since they were going for like $450+. I am very bummed knowing I could bought a VERY high end graphics card right now... oh well technology sure advances rapidly.

Now that my rant is out of the way i'll quickly give my opinion on this card. Well it's almost a year since I've had this card and honestly I haven't had any problems what so ever, not even screen issues. The cooler on this thing is amazing, I monitored the temps on this card for the first few months and to this day I've never seen it exceed over 70c, it averages between 60c-65c.

Honestly this GPU might be a little too much for my needs, I am still kinda new the PC gaming scene, around four years. I only play like 1-2 games to be honest that is SWTOR and SC2. I bought two other games just to "test" the graphics on this thing and that was Tomb Raider which had no issues maxing out. However Watch Dogs on the other hand doesn't quite max it out, I'm not saying its horrible or anything but you can still play this game at very high settings but once you start to max out some settings it starts to get rough.

To conclude I am giving this card 5/5 eggs, everything about this card has been working flawlessly. My rant is just a personal thing knowing I could of bought something better... and doesn't affect the product by any means.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/1/2015 6:12:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCard Artifacts

Pros: I bought this card because I had an old Vapor-X and I loved it! This guy supports 4k,so I took the plunge.

Cons: Almost from the get go it started artifacting. Usually it doesn't do this in games, but in the browser when there is webgl or heavy animations going on.

I figured it could be fixed with an update, but that hasn't been the case. Look elsewhere!

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  • Dillan R.
  • 1/14/2015 8:47:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fast, high quality, great price, great cooler.

Cons: A wee bit noisy once it gets humming along, but nothing headphones can't fix.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to try and use this for a watercooling loop, don't. There are no full card water blocks for these cards. I wish EK or XSPC or even Sapphire would make one. Granted the vapor-x tech and the tri-x fan work absolutely amazing for cooling this beast off, but i wanted my case to glow blue.

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  • Frank R.
  • 12/22/2014 11:16:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSeemed Good......

Pros: Right away the card looks pretty dam cool. Vapor-x glows blue and i have a black and blue themed build so i was really happy with this card. Fit great in my case and worked like a charm right out of the box after loading drivers. Played all the games i wanted it to play and had the settings turned up to ultra just to see how it handles. Then it started to happen.....

Cons: Sadly after a good 7 days of playing games for about 2 hours a day, it started to show artifacts on the screen. This being my first real time ever buying new stuff and not piecing together builds from other peoples stuff, did not know about RMA rules. On day six i sent in my upc to receive some money back and then the next day the card started failing.

Other Thoughts: I will buy another one and have a go with that one but its a shame that there is no way to have this card replaced and im out a few hundred all because of a $20 tease. The lesson learned is play games for at least a good whole day to test the card out hard. And run some benchmark stuff too.

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  • Aaron R.
  • 11/18/2014 9:25:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLocked BIOS!

Pros: It runs cool

Cons: WARNING: This card has a locked BIOS. Since I run Linux, I cannot change the voltage in any way. I got a half broken card, in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: Stop with this. I NEED to flash a new BIOS to change voltages.

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  • Sean S.
  • 11/17/2014 12:44:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card but..

Pros: The Heat Sink is awesome. Card stays very cool.

Can Handle anything really. you may find one or two limitations but its a 5 star rated card. sure you could spend more but! why? you will max everything out, sell it in 12 months and but the next gen card anyway.

Cons: One issue with this card i have found is the memory clock. after months of trying to figure out why some times a game would crash or freeze i finaly figured out my problem.

the memory is clocked really high. i down clocked it to 1250 and i havent had a single issue. if your running in to bugs down clock it with the overdrive in the CCC the mem 1250mhz and the core to 1000mhz and all the issues disapear and the card runs cooler.

at the same time with the down clock its still more powerfull then stock.

as if the card didnt run cool enough. i also saw 0% performance loss that was noticable.

Other Thoughts: Down clock it

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  • Steven J.
  • 10/15/2014 2:34:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsThis thing works flawlessly

Pros: I put this badboy in my system and installed the driver cd. Everything works great so far. The tri x cooler was great to begin with and the vapor x adds to the already great cooling. The shroud is aluminum and the vapor x logo glows blue to match my case lights so its very good looking. My temps havent gone over 36c yet. Maxxes out Warframe and Skyrim. Buy it

Cons: non

Other Thoughts: System
Thermaltake Overseer rx-1 Snow edition
Asus sabertooth r2
Amd 8320@4.0ghz
Sapphire r9 280x 3g vapor x/tri x
Samsung Evo 250gb ssd
Gskill 8gb 1866mhz ram
Corsair h100i liquid cooler
Corsair gold rated 750watt Psu

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  • Trenton V.
  • 10/4/2014 9:52:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat purchase

Pros: -Great out of the box clocks. 1100/1500.
-Ran Unigine Valley benchmark. 720p, Ultra settings, 2x aa and averaged 62.5 FPS
-Great cooling
-Drivers east to install
-Looks awesome

Cons: -Very large card
-Droops in case a little from being so long.
-Requires 2, 8-pin connectors from power supply

Other Thoughts: No artifacting or overheating. Overclocked with AMD overdrive to 1240/1675 and averaged 65.8 fps in same benchmark as noted above.

Great card overall. Huge step up from my MSI 6850.

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  • Maxence L.
  • 9/29/2014 10:08:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsArtifacting sometimes

Pros: -Runs cool at 67 degrees on Unigine valley

Cons: -For some reasons this card is artifacting on some games, usually on older ones. I think its memory related. The memory seems to overheat. I never got a problem with it when the fans where spinning at maximum which is why It artifact on games with lower settings.

Other Thoughts: I overclocked it once so I can't return it. But I swear its didn't overheat when I overclocked it so the artifacts aren't related.
I only increased the core clock settings. I didn't touch the memory clock or the voltage.

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  • George G.
  • 8/12/2014 11:21:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVapor X R9 280x TRI X oc

Pros: What can I say? The R9 280x is the 7970. This is the card they should have put out. Beast cooling along with 1100ghz. She doesnt break a sweat. I have my R9 crossfire with my 7970. Let me tell you the power and performance. my Firestirke benchmarks are 13356. All games are on max. Now its a big card i tell you that. Its about a 2 inches longer then my Dual X 7970. Had to move a fan but other then that it looks like it belongs there. Three 100mm fans make the best of cooling and dont really kick up a lot of sound. Voltage is locked but i have her overclocked at 1130mghz. Hasnt gave me a issue as of right now. If your on the fence or need to save on some cash, get this card. I was lucky and got it for 319 and 3 free games!

Cons: Only con I see is there isnt a back plate. Its not worth taken a egg off cause the card is solid.

Other Thoughts: I also have it paired with a i7 4820k. Together with the crossfire its a dream.

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