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SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100362VXSR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support TRI-X OC (UEFI) Video Card

  • 2560 Stream Processors
  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0
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The Radeon R9 290 is 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 is 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 is factory overclocked to 1030MHz (947MHz for standard) for smoother gameplay. An array of SAPPHIRE’s premium features, like Vapor-X Technology, Tri-X Cooling solution, Black Diamond Choke, and Full Solid Cap components, makes this card the diehard gamers’ top choice.

  • newegg The Most Powerful, Sophisticated Cooling Ever This card features an array of innovative cooling design, including Vapor-X Technology, Tri-X Cooling Technology, and a PCB Component heat spreader. SAPPHIRE’s innovative Vapor-X cooling technology allows products to run not only cooler, but also much more quietly. A Vapor-X product means a virtually silent gaming experience and more headroom to explore performance tweaking! Sapphire's exclusive triple-fan design pushes out the heat more efficiently than standard dual fans. Along the edge of the card, the PCB is extended and one of the copper layers is left exposed. An additional heatsink mounted directly to this copper layer allows heat absorbed into the PCB from the GPU and other components to be transferred to the heatsink and cooled by the airflow. This feature alone can reduce core temperature by 2°C.
  • newegg Black Diamond Choke and Full Solid Cap Design The choke is an important component of the graphics card. By working with the component engineer, Sapphire’s exclusive choke is 10% cooler and offers 25% more power efficiency than a normal choke. The graphics card will be more reliable and will save energy. Improved reliability and better overclocking are possible by using only high-polymer, aluminum capacitors, which posses far superior characteristics than regular aluminum capacitors for a longer product life. When operational temperatures drop by 20°C, the product life span is extended by a factor of ten; when the operational temperature increases by 20°C, the product life span only decreases by 10%.
  • newegg SAPPHIRE Temperature LED Indicator Sapphire's LED indicator allows you to monitor GPU temperature in the easiest way.
  • newegg SAPPHIRE Intelligent Fan Control (IFC) With IFC engaged, if this system is running simpler applications such as 2D work or watching video, only one of the three fans will operate (when under 60°C). The noise level is therefore about 20%-29% lower than regular fan setting, resulting in near silent operation.
  • 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).

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  • Jack K.
  • 9/14/2014 10:56:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUpdate: Heatsink fans not working

Pros: GPU is still running without issue.

Cons: Two of the three heatsink fans have completely stopped working about 2 months after purchase. Without the cooling solution working properly, the card is heating up rapidly while playing games (up to 90C). Highly disappointing considering this card was performing great while the fans were working. Now I have to go through RMA with the manufacturer since the 30 day return window on Newegg is over. Warning to those who might buy this GPU, its a gamble.

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  • Dave K.
  • 9/4/2014 9:34:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThree Strikes and You’re Out

Pros: Single card performance is excellent with temps and noise levels very reasonable. The Vapor-X cooler design is large but does a great job with this GPU. No new games but getting consistent 93 fps in BF3 on Ultra settings.

Cons: This is my third card. Out of the box, the first card had artifacts and "Your display driver has stopped responding …" problems and the second card had the black screens. Purchased it from New Egg for my new rig and spent so much time trying to isolate the artifact problem that I exceeded the Egg's return period. Tried twice to unsuccessfully open a trouble ticket with Sapphire (no ticket found) and was finally re-directed to their US Support (Althon Micro) for my RMA. I was told the first card with the artifacts had memory and fan faults and was sent a 'tested' refurbished replacement. The second card exhibited the black screen issue within one day and received a second RMA. Althon Micro would not respond to my request for test results on the second card and, with both returns, I had to pay shipping cross-country. For the third card, I requested that it be thoroughly stress-tested before delivery and though for three weeks it has performed without problems, I have zero confidence that something won't crop up.
Hindsight being 20-20, I would not have purchased this card or, for that matter, an R9-290. Price/performance is great but only if it is reliable.

Other Thoughts: I waited a long time to write this review. Not a new user of AMD (ATI) or Sapphire. Very disappointed in the whole experience. Since my April purchase, the card has only been operational for the last three weeks due to the card errors and RMA process. With respect to the latter, c'mon Althon Micro! Are you telling me that it takes more than a week to confirm that a card is bad? My Confirmed Receipt showed that you were sitting on these returns and it wasn't until my email inquiry as to their status that I received a response.
YMMV but I wish you good luck if you decide to buy this card.
Gotta stop now ... getting too worked up.
PC Specs:
Intel Core i7 4770K
Asus Sabertooth Z87
Corsair H80i
Corsair HX850
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB)
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
Samsung EVO 256GB
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
Mountain Mods U2-UFO

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  • Stephen R.
  • 9/3/2014 10:21:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat if it worked correctly

Pros: Wonderful cooling, well built, very powerful. A very good and worthwhile piece of technology if it worked properly.

Cons: I've had nothing but problems so far. I'm still hoping Sapphire will pull through, may have to contact Newegg as well. Or if I get more faulty cards, may have to look into other options.

I was unable to fully test my first card until the Newegg RMA month was over, and I found out that the HDMI output simply didn't work when using any drivers besides the 13.12 Catalysts on the disc. This isn't even remotely acceptable, so I had to end up going through Sapphire's RMA process and pay return shipping.

On my second card, the HDMI output works perfectly, but the screen has horizontal flickering lines at desktop clocks, which is absurdly grating and distracting. The latest 14.7+ drivers fix this, at the expense of a system-crashing blackscreen, which never showed up on my previous card. Somehow, fixing the card's problems made things worse, absolutely not acceptable.

So I'm going to have to RMA a second time, hoping Sapphire or someone comes through. After two months of constant headaches, I really wish I hadn't bought this card, and I just hope there will be some kind of satisfactory conclusion.

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  • Jaime F.
  • 8/22/2014 12:26:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood power to price ratio

Pros: This card runs cool and very quiet. It plays every game I threw at it on extreme settings at greater than 60 fps on a 1080p monitor.
While idle, I get temps around 31 - 35 degrees Celsius, I was able to overclock the gpu to 1280mhz and the memory to 1585 (6340 effective memory clock) Maximum temps while running 3DMark was 77 degrees while overclocked and about 65 without OC.
While overclocked this card is 2 fps faster than my friends non-overclocked 780 ti.

Cons: First card was RMA'd, it had artifacts on the screen unless I bumped up the voltage a bit, then it was fine. I also had problems with black screens while my computer was idle.
The new card does not have any of these problems.

Other Thoughts: Newegg's RMA service was fast and their phone support was great. I just wish I didn't have to cover the cost of shipping since it was a defective item and not any fault of my own.

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  • Sthele G.
  • 8/21/2014 8:02:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card.

Pros: got it for $430 in July 2014. Good price. I had been watching it for awhile. Makes the Xbox One look obsolete.

Cons: First card had to be RMA'd. It would black screen randomly and did not work with my TV through HDMI. The process was painless and quick enough. Tip: call Newegg on the phone so you dont have to pay for shipping it back. Saves you 15-20 bucks.

Other Thoughts: When I got my second one through RMA....I easily put it in and it has worked flawlessly. Its quiet, cool, and runs everything with ease.

I've played Wildstar, Sniper Elite 3, Tomb Raider, Rome 2: Total War, Skyrim, and Bioshock Infinite all on the absolute highest settings and get 60+ fps.

If there is anything wrong when you get it, RMA it. Trust me, this card is so good it should just plug in and go. Get a good card and don't struggle with trying to get a bad one to work.

4 eggs instead of 5 because I had to RMA it once.

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  • James E.
  • 8/20/2014 8:24:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked well for 3 weeks

Pros: This card started out very quiet and never breaking 80C.

Cons: I received this card on July 17th, and got it installed about 1 week later.
About 1 week ago I noticed lower framerates and significantly higher temps from. Initially the temps never broke 70C and typically stayed around 65C (I am playing a heavily modded Skyrim at 1440p).

All tools reported the same temps and the same fan speed (typically 20-40%). After uninstalling and reinstalling drivers and testing a slew of things, I finally opened my case and looked at the cards fans while Furmark ran (the temps were at 85C when I looked). It turns out only the center fan was spinning, and the two side fans were still. I checked the switch that enables the "smart" fan, and it is OFF and always has been. I expect all 3 fans to run.

I have opened a ticket with Sapphire, but the initial response was "This is normal".


The 30 day replacement window at Newegg apparently just ended when this stuff started.

It's very hard to give a positive recommendation to either Newegg or Sapphire at this point. For now, buyer beware.

Other Thoughts: It's worth noting, I did not buy this card to overclock it. I bought the card because of superior noise and temps.

The system running it is an i7 4770, Seasonic X750 PSU, and MSI Z87-GD65 motherboard.

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  • Steven D.
  • 8/16/2014 3:32:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBlackscreen of death

Pros: Looks cool
Like the 3 fan idea to keep it cool

Cons: Black screen when on desktop screen or launching games or surfing the internet.
No drivers only betas

Other Thoughts: Wish I could get refunded for a different card so my pc will work for once.
Don't waste your money buy something worth the money.

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  • Richard S.
  • 8/15/2014 8:35:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRadeon R9 290

Pros: I can run ANYTHING in Ultra with no issue whatsoever.
Card is quite when you are performing most operations aside cranking games out to the max.

Color scheme of the card is sexy as hell and looks good on anything.

Cons: Only con I have is that when first installed, the fans would not run the needed speed when playing games on Ultra. I noticed the words were red, which change color per temp.

I did some research and found out I needed to download something to help mange the card, so I downloaded Trixx.

I found out on Sniper Elite 3 Ultra settings, the fans were only running 45% so the card was getting over 8- Celsius. Since having Trixx, the letters never go red and stay yellow as they should and the temp never goes above 70 Celsius once I set the fan speed to Custom.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you have something to monitor the temp of this car when setting games to Ultra. Other than that game on and this this is a nightmarish beast that will run your games however you want. Be prepared for some fan noise when cranking this full bore, but turn your speakers up and you heart nothing :)

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  • Raffles T.
  • 8/13/2014 1:38:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Card, Issues though

Pros: -Fast
-Quiet unless under load

Cons: -Can't upgrade to latest drivers or blackscreen every login
-Screen has random flickers every few seconds and it's getting really annoying.

I'm sure it's just me having a faulty card. I'm going to try and RMA it and see what happens.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/13/2014 11:29:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSome Tweaks Needed

Pros: This video card from Sapphire is from their luxury Vapor-X line of products, and it suits that title well. It is almost silent, to the point that I thought something was wrong when it powered up. This cooler also keeps the card cold, in fact this is the coolest video card I have ever owned, never topping 65 degrees Celsius during summer. The raw performance in games is amazing as well, and nothing is a problem for it at 1080p. Overclocking is also amazing on this card since each chip is binned so you get the best of the best. Whenever I buy an AMD Radeon graphics card, I always buy from Sapphire.

Cons: This is a luxury card, and should not need tweaking out of the box. Unfortunately, my card suffered from random blackscreens and system lockups which I had to fix myself. For that, it loses an egg from me.
See other thoughts for details on my fix.

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