Sapphire has unveiled the latest member of the Vapor-X OC lineup, the Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X OC graphics card. Based on the same 28nm Hawaii GPU with 2560 Stream Processors, the new Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC features a hefty factory overclock as well as the new Vapor-X cooler.
The new Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC works at 1030MHz for the GPU and comes equipped with 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1400MHz (5.6GHz effective). As a part of Sapphire's high-end Vapor-X OC lineup, the new graphics card combines the new Vapor-X cooler as well as the new Power Control circuitry, or precisely, the new VRM Engine which uses Digital Power control and features the new Aero6 VRM design with 6-phase Direct-FET power for the GPU, memory and control circuitry. It also comes with Sapphire Black Diamond chockesy as well as highly reliable solid electrolyte capacitors.
The new triple fan, dual slot Vapor-X cooler combines Sapphire Vapor-X technology with Sapphire's Tri-X structure which uses five heatpipes and three fans. The main 10mm heatpipe is complemented with two 8mm and two 6mm heatpipes in order to ensure maximum heat distribution, while three 90mm fans should keep the main heatsink well cooled. According to Sapphire, the new R9 290 Vapor-X OC should be between 5 and 10 degrees cooler than with Tri-X technology alone.
Design wise, the new R9 290 Vapor-X OC features black/blue color scheme and features LED illuminated Sapphire logo located on the side of the card which will change from blue when the card is cool, to yellow and red when it heats up. The R9 290 Vapor-X OC also features Dual BIO option and comes with two DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.
Unfortunately, Sapphire did not reveal any details regarding the price but did note that the Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC is shipping now and will be available from usual Sapphire etailers and retailers.