Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Vapor-X Video Card Review
By Olin Coles
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Sapphire.
The latest AMD Curacao XT-based video cards are poised to supply the market with plenty of graphics power and added value for mainstream gamers – especially as Battlefield 4 readies for launch with realistic DirectX 11 special effects. Sapphire, the leading name in AMD Radeon desktop products, have released their own Radeon R9 270X complete with an exclusive second-generation Vapor-X lightweight vapor-chamber cooling system. Sapphire further improves upon the AMD reference design by incorporating dual UEFI and BIOS firmware support, long-life 5000-hour capacitors, and Black Diamond electronic chokes. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Vapor-X, which sells online for $219 and features a 1100 MHz factory-overclocked UltraHD 4K resolution-ready graphics card with 1280 Stream processors and support for the upcoming DirectX 11.2 API.
AMD have been working to extend their graphics reach into emerging markets, primarily through the use of integrated GPUs. This hasn’t slowed their pursuit in the discrete graphics market, where the AMD Radeon series continues to battle for supremacy in some of the most demanding DirectX 11 video games available for desktop PCs. The AMD Radeon R9 270X is an example of this effort, designed to compete against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660. We test the custom-designed Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270X 2G video card, model 11217-00-40G, using several highly-demanding DX11 video games such as Metro: Last Light, Batman: Arkham City, and Battlefield 3.
What’s new in Radeon R9 270X: revamped AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture supports upcoming DirectX 11.2 API, UltraHD 4K resolution-ready via DisplayPort MST streams, and a new AMD CrossFire technology via hardware DMA engine.
Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Vapor-X Specifications:
|Display Support||4 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support|
|Output||1 x HDMI (with 3D)
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x Dual-Link DVI-D
1 x Dual-Link DVI-I
|GPU||1050/Boost:1100 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Chip
1280 x Stream Processors
|Video Memory||2048 MB Size
256 -bit GDDR5
5800 MHz Effective
|Dimension||264(L)X103(W)X35(H) mm Size.
2 x slot
SAPPHIRE TriXX Utility
|Accessory||CrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect Cable
DVI to VGA Adapter
6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable x 2
HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable (Full Retail SKU only)
UltraHD 4K Resolution is:
- 3840 x 2160 30 Hz TV
- 4096 x 2160 24 Hz TV
- Half frame 1920 x 2160 60 Hz IT
- Half frame 2048 x 2160 60 Hz IT