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

Temperatures, Lights & Software
So how does the Vapor-X cooler do when put to the test? We will be running it through our set of temperature tests. First is our idle test, which is taken from the Windows desktop.

idle

Our first load test is a loop of Heaven Demo 4.0 for 30 minutes. This is a good representation of typical gaming conditions.

load1

Our final test is FurMark’s 15 minute 1920 x 1080 benchmark. This puts the maximum load on the graphics card. Although most users would never put their cards under this much stress we like to include it in our tests.

load2

As you can see the cooler does a great job and is actually pretty quiet even in intense gaming sessions.

The light up Sapphire logo on the side of the card is actually pretty cool. When the GPU temperature is below 60C the logo will be blue, but if you go over that (60-80C) it will turn yellow and finally if the temperature goes over 80C the logo will turn red. I was unable to get the GPU that hot to show you the red backlighting.

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

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

Sapphire’s TriXX software will give you all of the information on your graphics card. It will also allow you to overclock and tune your card. You can save up to 4 profiles for easy switching if you want a normal profile and a gaming profile. You can adjust the fan speed using the application as well.

trixx-1 trixx-2 trixx-3

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