Sapphire R9-290X Tri-X - Sapphire Takes a Shot at Cooling the Monster Review

Posted on 2014-02-09 16:30:56 by Thomas De Maesschalck

When AMD launched the new Hawaii based GPU in the R9-290X it was to huge fan fare but it was not long until many enthusiasts and media alike called foul on the simple fact that the card would ramp up to 94C and sit there while throttling quite alot to maintain the astronomical 94C temp target. After having some talks with other AMD partners I heard they were working on custom cooled solutions which I always like to hear but I am a little apprehensive in the simple fact that with a GPU running this hot I am not sure what they could do to tame this GPU and keep it at even remotely respectable temps. Well the first one to slide a custom cooled 290X variant across our bench is Sapphire with their R9-290X Tri-X and while they seemed excited about the card they opted to let the card speak for itself rather than try to stick a bug in our ear as to what to expect so while that installed some confidence it also left a small seed of doubt as to what to expect from this new addition.

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