Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 Tri-X OC Video Card Review

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Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC Retail Box and Bundle

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 OC Box Front

The front of the Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 shows off the key features of the video card.  These features include a factory Overclock, 4GB of GDDR5, Vapor-X cooler, Tri-X Cooling Technology, two ball bearing fans.  In addition, being an R9 series card, it also has the GCN architecture supporting TrueAudio and Mantle. 

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 OC Box Back

The back of the box goes into much more detail on what the Vapor-X R9 290 has to offer.  It provides a short paragraph on each of the major features so there will be little doubt what you can expect from the card.  From a consumer standpoint, what would be nice, is a small chart that shows the performance difference over a few similar graphics cards such as the 280x and 290x.

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 OC Box Internal

Taking the inner box out, we can open it and see the card; which is well protected in a form fitted foam block and an anti-static bubble bag.  A thin layer of foam sheeting protects the top of the card while the lid is closed.

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 OC Box Accessories

Most video cards include various accessories, Sapphire includes the standard driver disc, a multi-language user manual and marketing materials.  They also include two 4-pin Molex to PCI-E adapters, an HDMI cable and a Sapphire mouse pad.

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