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Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Review


Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Specifications:

Display Support
4 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support
1 x HDMI (with 3D)
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x Dual-Link DVI-D
1 x Dual-Link DVI-I
1000/Boost:1100 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Chip
2048 x Stream Processors
Video Memory
3072 MB Size
384 -bit GDDR5
6000 MHz Effective
308(L)X108(W)X35(H) mm Size.
2 x slot
Driver CD
CrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect Cable
8-PIN to 4 PIN x2 Power Cable
HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)


Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC 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.
  • DisplayPort 1.2:  Doubling the effective bandwidth of previous DisplayPort implementations, DisplayPort 1.2 now includes support for Multi-Stream, allowing you to drive up to four separate monitors from a single DisplayPort 1.2 connector (requires DP1.2 monitors or Multi-Stream compatible hub), Stereoscopic 3D monitor support  and adds support for high quality, lossless, 7.1 channel audio formats.
  • Dual-Link DVI-D:  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.
  • 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.
  • Vapor-X Technology: SAPPHIRE’s innovative Vapor-X cooling technology allows products to run not only cooler but also much quieter.  A Vapor-X product means a virtually silent gaming experience and more headroom to explore performance tweaking !
  • 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 28nm GCN Architecture’s more efficient process technology puts more transistors in less space, enabling a dramatic increase in processing power
  • 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.
  • SAPPHIRE Tri-X Cooling Technology:  Sapphire exclusive Triple fan design pushes out the heat more efficiently than standard dual fan.
  • 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.
  • OpenGL 4.3:  OpenGL 4.3 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.
  • Mantle:  Properly enabled games will reach new heights of performance by speaking the language of Graphics Core Next architecture.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 ZeroCore Power technology allows your AMD Radeon™ GPU to consume virtually no power when in idle state5. When used with AMD CrossFire™ technology, it shuts down additional GPUs when they’re not in use.
  • 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.
  • AMD PowerTune technology (with Boost): AMD PowerTune technology (with Boost) 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
  • 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 BIOS ( Legacy and UEFI ) 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.
  • 5000 Hours long life Capacitor


All information courtesy of Sapphiretech @ http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2131&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

  1. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC: Specifications & Features
  4. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Metro: Last Light
  6. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  7. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: BioShock Infinite
  8. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Crysis 3
  9. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Far Cry 3
  10. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Battlefield 4
  11. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Batman: Arkham Origin
  12. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  13. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Unigine Heaven 4.0
  14. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: 3DMark
  15. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Temperatures
  16. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC: Conclusion
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