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May 7, 2014

8 GB Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X Shipping for €730 in Europe

The Radeon R9 290X graphics card from Advanced Micro Devices is pretty powerful even in its base form, but Sapphire decided not only to overclock it, but also add a cooler and, to make matters even more serious, double the memory too.

So instead of a 1 GHz Radeon R9 290X with 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM at 5 GHz frequency, we have the Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X with 1.060 MHz GPU clock and 8 GB of GDDR5 operating at 5.6 GHz. It's like having a dual-GPU video card, only without the extra GPU and the whole extra power consumption that comes with it. Or the hybrid cooler. Or the reputation. Or the expectations for that matter. No one will expect Sapphire's Radeon R9 29)X Vapor-X to play Lichdom: Battlemage on three 4K UHD displays any time soon.

The price of the board in the UK is of £599.99, while the tag in the EU is €730. That should mean roughly $1,016. Look for the triple-fan cooler with a mixed color theme of dark grey and light blue. You can't miss it, especially given the very distinctive box holding everything. You could just add another 50% to the sum and just buy the dual-GPU Radeon R9 295 X2 though. Just a thought.

Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X 8GB
Image credits to Overclockers UK


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