Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X 4GB Graphics Card Review




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A Closer Look


Sapphire’s R9 290 Tri-X measures in at a whopping 30 cm /11.8 inches long. About 3.5cm or 1.4 inches of that length are as a result of the extended cooler which overhangs the PCB. That Tri-X cooler uses three 80mm fans, three 8mm heat pipes and two 6mm heat pipes.

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The PCB is black and does not have a backplate, Sapphire are possibly saving this for a Toxic version of the R9 290.

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The card sticks to a dual slot design, this is in part why the length is so substantial for a single GPU graphics card.

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An 8 pin and a 6 pin provide power to this beast of a graphics card.

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Like all R9 290 graphics cards there is a dual BIOS switch which switches between two identical BIOSes.

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The bottom of the graphics card is an open design to allow for additional ventilation.

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At the end of the graphics card we can see the three 8mm heat pipes protruding through the heatsink.

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The display output configuration is pretty standard for an R9-2XX series graphics card with dual DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. Using an MST Hub for the DisplayPort output you can support up to six displays or AMD Eyefinity 6.
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