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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 21:05

Sapphire announces its full Radeon R9 and R7 lineup

Written by Slobodan Simic

From R9 280X down to R7 240

Sapphire is one of AMD's AIB partners that has launched a full lineup of recently introduced R9 and R7 series graphics cards including the R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X, R7 250 and the R7 240. To be precise, Sapphire decided to announce no less than 13 different SKUs, including members of its famous Dual-X, Vapor-X and the Toxic series.

Sapphire's R9 series will include a total of six SKUs including three R9 280X SKUs and three R9 270X SKUs. What made most of the Sapphire fans quite happy is "the return" of the famous Toxic series with the R9 280X Toxic that will work at 1150MHz base GPU and 1100MHz Boost clocks while 3GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 384-bit memory interface will be clocked at 6400MHz. Judging by the picture, Sapphire's Toxic R9 280X will feature a custom triple-fan cooler as well as a custom PCB with 10-phase VRM.

The Sapphire R9 280X will also be available in Vapor-X and Dual-X SKUs, both with custom dual-fan coolers. The Vapor-X R9 280X will work at 950MHz base and 1070MHz Boost GPU clocks while memory will be clocked at 6200MHz. The Dual-X on the other hand has a slightly lower 870MHz base and 1020MHz Boost GPU clocks while the same 3GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 6000MHz.

Sapphire's R9 270X series will be pretty much the same as the R9 280X series with three SKUs including Toxic, Vapor-X and the Dual-X SKUs. The Toxic R9 270X SKU will feature 1100MHz GPU base and 1150MHz Boost clocks while 2GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 256-bit memory interface will be clocked at 6000MHz effective. As expected, the Vapor-X and Dual-X R9 270X SKUs are clocked lower so the Vapor-X R9 270X ended up with 1050MHz base and 1100MHz Boost clocks while memory works at 5800MHz and the Dual-X does not even have Boost option so it works at only 1020MHz base clock with memory clocked at lower 5600MHz.

Sapphire's R7 lineup is even more extensive with a total of seven SKUs including single R7 260X 2GB SKU, two R7 250 SKUs and four R7 240 SKUs. The most interesting part is the R7 260X one that will feature 896 stream processors, 2GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 128-bit memory interface and hit the perfect US $139 price range. The R7 260X is the only currently announced graphics cards that will have support for AMD TrueSound and Mantle API. Sapphire's R7 260X OC SKUs is clocked at 1150MHz for the GPU while memory ended up at 6600MHz.

Two R7 250 SKUs are quite interesting since Sapphire decided to go for a 2GB DDR3 equipped SKU while second one will feature 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Both feature 384 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface. The R7 250 2GB DDR3 SKU works at 1000MHz GPU base and 1050MHz boost clock while memory ended up clocked at 4600MHz for the 1GB GDDR5 SKU and 1800MHz effective for the 2GB DDR3 version.

As noted earlier, the Sapphire R7 240 series will include four different SKUs with 1, 2 or 4GB of DDR3 or 1GB of GDDR5 memory. All four will feature 320 stream processors and work at 730MHz base and 780MHz boost clock, in case it is equipped with boost and feature 128-bit memory interface.

Sapphire definitely has most SKUs on the market and we are glad that at least some of those will be a part of Sapphire's Vapor-X, Dual-X and even Toxic series.

You can check out Sapphire's full lineup here.

sapphire R9280XToxic 1

sapphire R9280XVaporX 1

sapphire R9280XDualX 1

sapphire R7260X 1

sapphire R7250 1
sapphire R7240 1

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