At last, custom Radeon R9-290 and R-290X graphics cards are coming out. Sapphire has joined the crowd and expanded its arsenal with its R9 290 Tri-X and R9 290X Tri-X graphics cards.
The cards are based on the reference PCB, though feature custom cooling solutions, making them address the biggest complaint of the ‘Hawaii’-based graphics cards.
The Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Tri-X GPU is clocked at a frequency of 1040 MHz, which is a 40 MHz boost over the reference speed. It still features the same 4 GB of memory, but it is now clocked at an effective speed of 5.2 GHz – 200 MHz faster than reference.
The Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X OC’s clock speed has been bumped to 1 GHz, and the memory has received the same bump as the R9-290X variant of the card.
Sapphire’s Tri-X cooler was first spotted on the company’s R9 280X TOXIC edition card. The cooler features three fans, each with dust repelling bearings as well as aerofoil section blades. These blow air through a pair of aluminum fin stacks, which take heat from the GPU through heat pipes.
The cards will ship with BattleField 4 and will be arriving to shops soon. Currently, the cards are in production.