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Sapphire R9 280X Toxic Review

ccokeman    -   October 27, 2013
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Sapphire R9 280X Toxic Specifications:

Display Support
5 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support
Output
1 x HDMI (with 3D)
2 x Mini-DisplayPort
1 x Single-Link DVI-D
1 x Dual-Link DVI-I
GPU
1100/Boost:1150 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Chip
2048 x Stream Processors
Video Memory
3072 MB Size
384 -bit GDDR5
6400 MHz Effective
Dimension
308(L)X113(W)X41(H) mm Size.
2.2 x slot
Software
Driver CD
SAPPHIRE TriXX Utility
Accessory
 CrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect Cable
Mini-DP to DP Cable
8-PIN to 4 PIN x2 Power Cable
HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)

 

Sapphire R9 280X Toxic Features:

  • HDMI (with 3D):  Support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic,  ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC.
  • Mini-DisplayPort: Enjoy the benefits of the latest generation display interface, DisplayPort. With the ultra high HD resolution,  the graphics card ensures that you are able to support the latest generation of LCD monitors.
  • Single-Link DVI-D: Supports Digital monitors up to 1920x1200 resolution.
  • Dual-Link DVI-I: Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz.
  • Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology:  GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth per pin of GDDR3 memory, delivering more speed and higher bandwidth.
  • AMD Stream Technology: Accelerate the most demanding applications with AMD Stream technology and do more with your PC. AMD Stream Technology allows you to use the teraflops of compute power locked up in your graphics processer on tasks other than traditional graphics such as video encoding, at which the graphics processor is many, many times faster than using the CPU alone.
  • AMD Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray Playback): Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD)
  • AMD CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology:  Triple or Quadruple gaming power with AMD CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology.AMD CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system.
  • Black Diamond Choke & Full Solid Cap Design: Choke is an important component of the graphics card. By working with the component engineer, Sapphire’s patent pending choke is 10% cooler and offers 25% more power efficiency than a normal choke. The graphics card will be more reliable and save energy.  Improved reliability and better overclocking are possible by using only high-polymer, aluminum capacitors which posses far superior characteristics than regular aluminum capacitor 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%.
  • AMD HD3D Technology: Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays / glasses / software.
  • 28 nm GCN (Graphic Core Next) Architecture:  The new and 28nm GCN Architecture with more efficient process technology puts more transistors in less space, enabling a dramatic increase in Processing Power. Crank the settings, devastate your enemies and bear witness to absurdly high frame rates with AMD Radeon HD7000 series graphics card-DirectX 11 has never looked this good. Maximum setting and crazy performance shouldn’t be a compromise. The AMD Radeon HD7900 Series with the new 28 nm GCN Architecture assures that it’s not.
  • PCI Express 3.0: PCI-Express 3.0 delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe Gen 2 for faster GPU (GPU communication-up to 16GB/sec in each direction), maximizing the performance from your GPU when paired with the latest platforms.
  • AMD Eyefinity 2.0:  The next generation of AMD Eyefinity technology is here, featuring all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation and brand new display configurations. Face it: the best just got better: The enhancements for AMD Radeon HD7000 series include: Stereo 3D-multi-display stereoscopic 3D support via DisplayPort 16K X 16K maximum display group resolution-output up to 268 megapixels per GPU.  *To support 3 displays, one of the monitors has to support DisplayPort  *With Sapphire Flex Technology, this requirement will be no necessory  Learn more about Sapphire Flex Technology→http://www.sapphiretech.com/Flex/FleX_Eng_home.html **When running Microsoft Windows XP, Eyefinity technlogy supports a maximum of 2 displays.
  • PCB Temperature LED:  Built in onboard LED for users to monitor the PCB temperature.
  • SAPPHIRE Tri-X Cooling Technology:  Sapphire exclusive Triple fan design pushes out the heat more efficiently than standard dual fan.
  • OpenGL 4.2:  OpenGL 4.2 improves the GPU efficiency by improving the shader process operation and capturing GPU tessellated geometry. The process of modifying an arbitrary subset of compress texture is also simplified. The memory management in handling shaders is more efficient as well.
  • DirectX® 11.2: The tessellation performance on AMD Radeon R7/ R9 series is up to 2X faster than the previous generation, and DirectCompute performance is also faster to accelerate advanced post-processing, filtering, and anti-aliasing techniques. Direct X11 games has never looked this good.
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center™:  The AMD Catalyst Control Center™ software application gives you complete control over the performance and visual quality of your SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon™ based graphics card allowing for the best experience on your PC.
  • Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio™ Support:  Support for copy protected, high bandwidth, 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI. Get a fully immersive, high definition audio experience with the latest Blu-ray movies. (Requires a DVI to HDMI dongle on some models, an HD capable monitor and a Blu-ray drive)
  • Anti-aliasing features: Supports advanced AA (Anti-aliasing) features to maximise your enjoyment of high definition gaming.  Multi-sample anti-aliasing (2, 4 or 8 samples per pixel). Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for superior quality, Adaptive super-sampling and multi-sampling,  Gamma correct,  Super AA (AMD CrossFireX™configurations only), All anti-aliasing features compatible with HDR rendering
  • Windows® Vista support:  Integrate with Windows Vista to deliver the best 3D graphics control.
  • AMD PowerTune™ Technology: AMD PowerTune is a breakthrough technology that sets an entirely new direction for maximum performance at TDP. It allows the GPU to be designed with higher engine clock speeds which can be applied on the broad set of applications that have thermal headroom.
  • In HD 7900 series, AMD PowerTune technology enables intelligent power monitoring to enable higher clock speeds and better performance in your favorite games
  • TriXX Utility: TriXX helps users to get the optimum performance from compatible SAPPHIRE graphics cards in any application by allowing them to monitor, tune and save different settings of key parameters for the card.
  • Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3):  Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p (and beyond !) display resolution. Enjoy a feature rich video experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3), offloading the bulk of the video decoding tasks from the CPU to the GPU allowing for a cooler, quieter and more balanced system.
  • Microsoft Office 2010:  Take advantage of improved picture and media editing capabilities in Office 2010 as well as edit and share your content in real time.  See more, and get more done. Enhanced productivity with accelerated GPU processing for Office applications.
  • Windows® 7 support:  WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) Certified drivers and logos are available for all SAPPHIRE HD2000, HD3000, HD4000 and HD5000 series cards ensuring compatibility and reliability with Microsoft Windows 7.
  • AMD App Acceleration: AMD App Acceleration is a set of technologies designed to improve video quality and enhance application performance. Full enablement of some features requires support for OpenCL, DirectCompute or DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA).
  • AMD PowerPlay with ZeroCore Power Technology:  AMD PowerPlay is a power management technology in response to the GPU loading, AMD PowerPlay automatically manages the power consumption. AMD RADEON HD7000 Series with AMD ZeroCore Power Technology, the power consumption can be as low as less than 3 Watt when idle, making the best use of power.
  • AMD HD Media Accelerator: AMD HD Media Accelerator has been designed to help optimize and dramatically improve video playback on your computer by taking advantage of hardware video acceleration from your AMD Radeon GPU. With full 3D stereoscopic decode you can enjoy it all in 3D. AMD HD Media Accelerator speeds up the decode of one 1080p and one 1080i HD video streams simultaneously by hardware, and the new hardware encodes/transcoder processes your media content faster than ever!
  • Cutting-edge Quad HD display support (4K Support):  The display resolution on AMD Radeon HD7000 series is quadrupled to the resolution of 4KX2K( 4096X2160 ) from the outputs of DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI.
  • Windows® 8/8.1 support:  WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) Certified drivers and logos are available for SAPPHIRE  cards ensuring compatibility and reliability with Microsoft Windows 8/8.1.
  • Dual Firmware Support: This product supports both Legacy and UEFI BIOS. By factory default, the card itself is under Legacy mode. By pressing the button with SAPPHIRE logo, UEFI mode will be easily enabled.




 

All information courtesy of Sapphire Technology at http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2023&psn=&lid=1&leg=0#




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