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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Jacob J.
  • 11/24/2014 10:24:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat GPU

Pros: This card absolutely destroys every game you throw at it. I've ran Metro Last Light at upwards of 200fps (and as low as 25 at times, but that's 4A games fault for developing a horribly optimized game) Very good AMD card that will give you more than enough power to run anything you want at high settings.

Cons: It's not an Nvidia card. PhysX WILL hammer your frame rate unfortunately. Not to the point where its unplayable but still all the same you will want to turn off PhysX or at least turn it down if you cant completely disable it (like in the case of Borderlands)

Other Thoughts: For all those complaining that the card makes your system crash if you try to watch youtube videos at 1080p, Sapphire has had new drivers that fix that problem available for quite some time. If you haven't downloaded them then you should blame yourself not Sapphire.

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  • Brad L.
  • 11/23/2014 7:30:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLots of issues

Pros: Looks cool, plays games somewhat well.

Cons: Catalyst drivers randomly stop and cause black screen crashes, driver that comes on cd seems to work for the most part. Card has gone black and white on me. Performance not as high as I expected. I've read all around about many people having the same issues due to drivers or voltage or any number of other things. Easier to toss the thing out the window and buy an nvidia card.

Other Thoughts: This thing sucks.

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  • nicholas l.
  • 11/21/2014 12:01:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFurther overclock and still runs cool

Pros: Runs cool at stock.
Overclocks further without too high temps.
Has one of those cool "lit up" brandings so when the card is running it just looks rad.

Cons: Only 1 HDMI port
Strangely "disconnects" tv everytime turned off then on [resulting in everything between 2 screens being placed on the main screen]

Other Thoughts: I've owned several cards and I think this is my favorite.

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  • Aaron L.
  • 11/18/2014 10:24:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne of the best built 290s

Pros: Stock clocks go toe to toe with Reference 290x's in benchmarks, Nice backplate, Great cooler, Quiet

Cons: Looooooong card (had to further customize my customized desk mod for it to fit)

Other Thoughts: This replaced my 7950 for triple monitor gaming. I had been contemplating getting SLI 970s but in the end I wanted to stick with a single card solution (and best bang for the buck). My 7950 was just barely keeping me happy on games at 5760x1080 resolution but I didn't want to put down a ton of cash on a top end card right now with the possibility of new AMD cards coming out in 2015.

After researching cards for a few weeks this card came on sale ($249 after rebate PLUS 4 games) and it was a no brainer to buy this. This card's construction is quality and is already overclocked to trail (and sometimes beat) a reference 290x. Most of these cards have additional OC headroom for those who want more performance but I haven't pushed my card in that direction. Everyone talks about how noisy and hot 290's run. This card? Quieter than my 7950 (matter of fact I had to look to make sure all 3 fans were runninng because I was convinced they weren't but they were) This card is quiet, no doubt about it. I do not feel the heat coming out of my exhaust fans like I did with my 7950 either, but then again.. it's been freezing cold outside so maybe that'll change come summer.

Skyrim on 3 monitors with mods ran about 30-34 FPS on my 7950. If I installed enb it would run about 20-25 fps. With the Vapor-x 290 on 3 monitors I am now at 45-55 fps with enb installed (using A Realistic Hope- Performance-enb go check out videos, it is the best looking enb for Skyrim IMO). Other games I am getting a great performance boost and turning up details in game. Makes me a happy gamer.

The only issue I have had, which I have never experienced before on any prior NVIDIA/AMD gpus, was my dayz game at one point went from 50 fps to 3 and stayed there. It was a spectacular slideshow. Restarting the game fixed it. Maybe it was a one off instance playing an alpha game but wanted to mention it.

I am pleased with this card and feel good I got a well priced performance upgrade that will tide me over to the next generation cards come out.. I am also about to try gaming on a 3440x1440 ultrawide monitor so in theory my 290 performance should improve by another 25-30% since I will not be pushing as many pixels. Looking forward it.

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  • Stephen B.
  • 11/15/2014 10:52:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful, Modern, Reasonably Priced

Pros: - Excellent cooling system. I've been running this card slightly overclocked from stock (1080Mhz on GPU, 1460Mhz on memory) and it maxes out at 70C while running Wolfenstein: New Order at 2560x1440, all settings maxed out.
- The metal backing plate for the board should help prevent silicon-drop over time.
- Whisper quiet! Even when gaming, this card is pretty muted.
- I picked it up for $269.99 with a $20 rebate. Can't beat the performance per $!

Cons: - None.

Other Thoughts: - This card is, as other reviewers have pointed out, extremely long. Like, over a foot long. More than a Subway(tm) sub. Make sure it'll fit in your case!
- The AMD redemption process for the free games is _atrociously_ bad. The registration process asks too many questions, their activation e-mails fail to send and if you don't enter a mobile phone number when registering they _lock_ your account for 24 hours. WHY IS THAT NECESSARY? What on Earth does a 24 hour lock do for AMD?


TL;DR: Great card, great price. AMD, please fix your redemption process.

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  • Geoffrey U.
  • 11/14/2014 6:14:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSheer Awesomeness

Pros: -Sapphires Vapor-X cooler does a really good job at keeping the card cool while also looking amazing imo, especially since i have a blue theme going on with my system

-On top of being aesthetically pleasing, the backplate does help a lot with card droop which you often see with longer cards like these

-Runs everything I've thrown at it at max or nearly maxed out graphic settings and with very good frames (while it's running but more on that in other thoughts)

-Extremely quiet, the fans used for my all-in-one cpu liquid cooler re more audible then this card even when it's running a bit hot

-Comes with 4 games (at the time of this review) and i was able to get the card out the door under $300 on promo.

Cons: -This thing is an absolute beast in many ways and eats like one too, it with suck all available power your power supply has to offer it

-This card is quite long so take that into account when buying his; i knew this card was long but seeing it in pictures and seeing IRL are 2 different things, to put it into perspective i have a cm storm stryker full atx case i had about an 1.5 inches between the end of the card and my drive cages.

-Due to the coolers size it does also take up 3 slots so take that into account if you plan on getting multiple cards and putting in crossfire

-really only other con is sapphire's trixx software, would crash every so often and doesn't give you any detailed graphs about power gpu voltage, temps, ect. but tbh most people are most likely going to use afterburner to monitor there card and do tweaking anyway.

Other Thoughts: So sapphire recommends a 750W min power supply requirement but you might aswell throw that out the window and get something beefier, reason i say this is my system currently has a 750W power supply and about 15-20mins of playing bioshock infinite, my system completely shutdown on me due to my power supply not being able to handle the power requirements. Granted my AMD FX-8320 was OC'd, had a total of 7 fans connected and the pump for my AIO liquid cooler, aswell as 2 WD Blacks (storage) and a WD Velociraptor (boot) but to make sure it wasn't the card i unplugged EVERYTHING that wasn't necessary to minimize power draw and and the same thing happened after about the same amount of time had gone by so i'll be having to upgrade my power supply in the very near future if i plan to playing any demanding titles (hence the reason i upgraded from a HD 6670 to this monster), but with all that taken into account the card is still a good buy especially at it's current price and the level of performance you get at that price (so long as you have a large enough power supply to power it of course)

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/13/2014 2:47:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Upgrade

Pros: This card is great runs any game I throw at it stays nice and cool with the three fan setup, has an led indicator built in to the sapphire name on the card that changes color to indicate temperature of the card. This card is also set up with a button on it to turn on the uefi version of its bios for uefi boards. there is another on off switch for the ifc (intelligent fan control), these cards also no longer require a crossfire bridge to connect on your video cards together. I've noticed the cards stay reltively cool when running no problems with heat even with running two.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/11/2014 6:49:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat.. but big

Pros: Ok so the card itself is an absolute beast! It's always cool don't have to worry about it getting to hot.

Cons: The thing is massive I had to buy a new case.

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  • Renee N.
  • 11/11/2014 6:28:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Beautifully

Pros: Runs nearly everything perfectly at 60fps, on ultra or max settings.

It stays really cool, 50-70c on full load depending on ambient, although it is winter now so it may be a bit warmer next year.

Cons: Not really a con, but if you have a overclocked CPU, lots of fans, HDDs, optical drives, etc, a 600w power supply won't cut it, at all. I'd suggest getting at least a 1000w PSU for some extra headroom and a bit of future-proofing if you plan to go crossfire with these.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/8/2014 8:06:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLightning fast GPU, sturdy build, incredible cooling system

Pros: Lightning fast GPU, sturdy build, incredible cooling system

by aj |  Nov 08, 2014 | R9 290 - Sapphire R9 Vapor-X OC


I've been a loyal Sapphire customer ever since my first purchase of one of their products (Radeon HD 5870). At full load, it's 3 fan cooling system, and with the help of my Antec 1200 PC case (never underestimate the benefits of a large case that allows plenty of airflow) I hardly go above 60c. I think 62c was the absolute highest temp I've ever reached. Use Trixx to custom control the fans. I had some problems with black screens at first but you really need to go through the process of first wiping all traces of prior drivers with DDU (display driver uninstaller) then install the ati drivers manually by downloading and only extracting (don't install) the latest (14.9) driver package and then finally installing them through device manager by going into properties for your display adapter and searching for the folder they were extracted to. Update the driver that way. Don't forget to include all subfolders. After you install them that way use Trixx or Afterburner to check the boxes for both "force constant voltage" and "disable ULPS". You can then install catalyst by going BACK to the ati driver package and choosing manually what you want to install and selecting only catalyst control center. There are a couple of things you won't have an option to "uncheck" but that's OK. Install that and you'll have full control over scaling options (because you might have a black border on your monitor) and graphics settings. Since the black screens are common with these cards and even after multiple RMAs people are still experiencing it, it isn't the card that has the problem but the drivers from ati. Hopefully their new update won't have these issues. The card itself is great though. I get between 80 and 100fps on bf4 with ultra settings and everything tweaked to the highest levels within catalyst. But since there's absolutely NO point in having a higher fps than your monitor's refresh rate (that is the max amount of frames it can generate per second so anything higher will only cause "tearing" and overall ugliness) I keep v-sync on and don't go above 60. Never goes below that either..

Cons: see above

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