Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC 4GB Video Card Review

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Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC GPU Overclocking

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How well does the Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC 4GB graphics card overclock? We were wondering the same thing and fired up the Sapphire TRIXX v4.8.2 overclocking utility to find out!

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We left the VDDC offset at 25 and increased the GPU clock, memory clock and power limits to improve performance.

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The Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC comes clocked at 1080MHz on the core and 1410MHz on the Hynix GDDR5 memory ICs. Were able to overclock the card up to 1140MHz Core and 1500MHz on the 4GB of GDDR5 memory. This is a 60MHz increase on the core clock and 90MHz on the memory!

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The Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290X out of the box with the latest Catalyst 14.4 drivers scored 10,318 points in 3DMark Fire Strike.

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After our overclock we were able to get a score of 10,879 3DMarks. This is 5.4% performance improvement and shows that despite the fact this card is factory overclocked that there is still some more headroom available for end user overclocking. If you wanted to increase the voltages (VDDC Offset) there is likely more performance to be had, but we didn’t want to damage the loaner test card.

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  • I have been running a Sapphire 290 for about a year now and have a second one ordered for Crossfire since I have not ran dual GPUs since GeForce 6600 days. The scaling in a lot of the games I play looks great and $250 bucks sure beats the price for GTX980. I wont have to turn on my heater for this winter either lol they do produce allot of heat :(.
    I have not had any bad experiences with Sapphire either, come to think of it the only lemon card I ever purchased was a PNY GeForce 4600TI or what ever back in the day from Best Buy.
    Off topic a bit but I do still have a Voodoo card that still works, god I miss 3dfx!

  • Trent

    Why don’t y’all test at 1440p?

  • Ryan

    Also, I have owned 8 Sapphire cards over the past 6 years. I have had zero problems with them.

    I used to swear by MSI, but I have come over to the Sapphire side.

    So when things go wrong, and they will over the masses, don’t blame the company unless they fail to honour warranties or RMA issues.

    Think of it like this, drug trials can never properly anticipate what a drug will do in the general public until it gets released, because the truly rare but dangerous side effects are not observed until the sample is large enough.

    The same is true about GPU failures. The companies are not interested in selling faulty devices, but the faults may only occur once enough cards are in fact made and/or used long enough.

    Sapphire has not failed me in 8 years, nor has MSI.

    Cheers!

  • Ryan

    The link to the Newegg card is wrong. Only Amazon has the full OC version with the 1080 clocks.

    You can find it here for $659.99: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K2OJ38O/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Ryan, Thanks that has been updated!

  • Alexander Jermelle

    Unless you want to be disappointed, don’t buy sapphire.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Please expand on that!

      • Alexander Jermelle

        Personally, I’ve had to RMA 7 out of 10 cards I have received from them. I wouldn’t even risk it. I’d go with a more reputable company. Not to mention they blame the end user when their cards dont work right out of the box. It was hell and a half to get each card RMA’d.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          ouch, what specific model is failing and what is failing on it? Please give more details as I find it very informative to know what issues are out there.

    • Drogo Drogos

      I owned 2 sapphire cards and on both of them the 1 fan stopped working unless i manualy put the fans slider up to 85%, only then the second fan works 🙁
      Going for XFX next time for sure.

  • bullworker

    either the link the newegg or the product specs indicated there is wrong. 100361VXSR is 1030 Mhz, whereas the review says 1080, which i believe describes this model 11226-09-40G

    • mumblekitty

      Newegg only has the regular version, this is for the OC version.

  • Liquid Aurum

    That is such a beautiful card