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SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC Radeon R9 290X 100361-2SR 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 1040MHz
  • 2 x DVI-D 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2816 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0

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The Radeon R9 290X, the AMD's new flagship GPU, offers the weapon of choice for gamers who demand the best. It's based on the new 28nm Hawaii GPU architecture and introduces the support for DirectX 11.2, capable of rendering reality-redefining imagery in the hottest titles. With a massive number of stream processors and a gigantic 4GB GDDR5 memory, this GPU delivers the performance you need for smooth gameplay at extreme settings. The new CrossFire technology allows you to build a multiple graphics card configuration without the use of interconnect bridges. With Ultra Resolution Gaming you will leave HD in the dust by gaming on displays much, much larger. A rich set of AMD innovative technologies are included, such as App Acceleration, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, and AMD HD3D technology. With these technology advancements, you'll get more than one way to elevate your gaming experience.

This model boasts an enhanced engine clock of up to 1040MHz (1GHz for standard) for smoother gameplay, and Sapphire’s exclusive Tri-X cooling technology for effective and efficient cooling, even under extreme loads.

  • newegg SAPPHIRE Tri-X Cooling Technology Sapphire's exclusive triple-fan design pushes out the heat more efficiently than standard dual fans.
  • newegg Built for Crossfire The card features next generation CrossFire support for up to four graphics cards with no interconnect bridge required.
  • newegg Mantle There’s optimization, and then there’s Mantle. Games enabled with Mantle speak the language of GCN architecture to unlock revolutionary performance and image quality. It’s a game-changing innovation developed by AMD.
  • newegg AMD TrueAudio Technology AMD TrueAudio technology brings the world’s first programmable audio pipeline marking a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio, and more. AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user’s existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience (on supported games).
  • newegg AMD PowerTune Technology AMD PowerTune is a breakthrough technology that sets an entirely new direction for maximum performance at TDP. It allows the GPU to be designed with higher engine clock speeds which can be applied on the broad set of applications that have thermal headroom.
  • newegg AMD Stream Technology Accelerate the most demanding applications with AMD Stream technology and do more with your PC. AMD Stream Technology allows you to use the teraflops of compute power locked up in your graphics processor on tasks other than traditional graphics, such as video encoding, at which the graphics processor is many, many times faster than using the CPU alone.

Learn more about the Sapphire Tech 100361-2SR

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • 8/15/2015 6:01:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRunning fine 24/7 since July 2014

Pros: Reading reviews about this card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202145

dying quick and I went to check my purchase date with NewEgg and come to find out I've been running 24/7 for over a year with no issues. My card is this model.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202079

Started out on Windows 7, then went to Win10 when Microsoft made it available for public testing in March of this year.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Great card

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  • 6/16/2015 11:47:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDual R9 290X's

Pros: The cooler looks nice. It came factory overclocked. The new R series graphics cards no longer require the CFX cable which I though was a tad unappealing to look at.

Cons: Any attempt to push the core/memory clocks higher than the factory overclock resulted in instantaneous crashes, and due to auto-overclock at system start up resulted in me having to use safe mode, msconfig, stop startup processes, uninstall CCC and third party graphics drivers, reinstall drivers, hope the custom overclock doesn't automatically take (it did resulting in more instantaneous crashes and unrecoverable black screens) and so on. So despite the mild factory overclock I'd advise to stick with it.

Other Thoughts: Thanks to the reference design PCB I was able to mount waterblocks onto both of my cards. I did a weeks worth of testing before mounting the blocks and found they capped around 77°C-79°C on an open testbed. After waterblock installation my system remains moderately quiet and the GPU cores don't exceed 65°C-70°C under 100% load. Perhaps not a substantial improvement but these cards draw a lot of power (an excess of 250-300W) so I'm quite happy with these sustained temperatures. Most games wont peg the cards at 100% so I can expect lower temperatures and the decibel level with the air coolers removed took a dramatic plummet so it's a win-win.

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  • 5/12/2015 6:49:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBEAST

Pros: So for most people reading these reviews right about now they are probably wondering about GTA V performance,well let me tell you, this card does not disappoint. Such a great deal that i got for 300$, for 300$ it will beat any card in the remote price bracket. I was really looking towards getting a 980 but im glad i picked this card instead.

-Stays cool, right now it is at 37c idol and tops out around 71c in my case.
-Runs GTA V on max with minimal stuttering
-Is not as loud as you would think, at idol it isnt much louder than my old 270's.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Get this card

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  • Brian C
  • 5/6/2015 10:20:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Video Card

Pros: Fast, Quiet video card. Easy to install (assuming it will fit in your case, please check the size of your card before you purchase! It is a large and long card)
Smooth Multi Monitor support- Currently have 2 monitors and a tv plugged in via 2 DVI and 1 HDMI all work simultaneously without the support of a display port

Cons: None as of yet

Other Thoughts: Great card- Would buy again

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  • 4/15/2015 2:15:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEats video games for the lulz

Pros: I can play Far Cry 4 and BF4 on absolute max, and boy does this card make games look pretty. I also wanted to write this review after GTA V for PC being released and I have been able to run the game on max everything @ 60 fps at 1080p. It makes GTA look so beautiful, I love this card it handles everything I've thrown at it with relative ease.

Cons: It has a newer more custom cooler on it, its still pretty loud when you get it up to 100%, but I knew what I was getting myself into. I'm not a big fan of the colors but that's not enough to doc an egg, I'll probably paint the shroud to match my case in a year or two when the warranty runs out. I've had the card for 2 months now and still haven't received my rebate which is disappointing considering this is my first experience with Sapphire. Also, this card runs HOT, so don't be frightened by the 65-70c temps. I used MSI afterburner and set a custom fan curve, so that the fans are at 100% at 65c to preserve it, I'm being paranoid and careful.

It's a full 4gb of VRAM! yay!

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from an MSI R9 270x 2 gb card and I'm glad I did, it was worth the money and has changed my gaming experience on the PC. I probably will buy another one of these card in the future maybe in a few years when my system is dated and upgrade my PSU too. If you're worried about power for this card, I've seen some specs of people running it with a 650w so you could get by maybe, it is a power hungry card (don't cry about the extra 25 cents a month for electricity, I'm talking to you nvidia fan boys). All in all, I love this card, I would recommend it to a friend and would buy it again, I'm also glad I got it on sale. If you can get a better deal on a 970 get that just for the sake of noise level and power consumption but I'm an AMD lover and probably will be for a while.

For those curious of my set up:
FX-8320 OC'd to a mild 4.0 ghz
16gb GSkillz ARIES 1866 mhz RAM
Sapphire R9 290x Tri-X
EVGA 750w G2 PSU
Fractal Design R4 case w/ 5 fans
120gb Samsung EVO SSD
1.5 TB WD 5200rpm HDD
1.0 TB WD 7200rpm HDD

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  • 4/12/2015 9:08:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNone

Pros: None

Cons: Updated to latest catalyst drivers on install. Constant blue screens for the first week of ownership

Now that I have updated the drivers again I get constant black screens and "the display driver has crashed"

I have checked my system as best as possible, I have a 850W power supply solid state drive, had no issues with my 5890 from sapphire. I just am at wits end with this purchase and this card

Other Thoughts: I will never NEVER buy another card that is VGA replacement only. Doesn't that inherently seem shady? Why would that be something they even need to specify.

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  • Mathias
  • 4/11/2015 1:21:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsConstantly Crashes Display Driver

Pros: Can't see any discernable difference between this and my Sapphire 5870 maybe Im doing it wrong...

Cons: Not "plug and play"
Researching forums say I need to remove AMD's Catalyst control drivers and go with three different programs that all control different aspects of this card to get it to work properly and without issue. I am not too tech savvy and haven't tried it yet. I don't want to nuke my card by setting voltages and things to values I have no idea about, but may have to follow a tutorial or process others have found to work....kinda scary for me when I'm dealing with my $350 card and have little experience.

Other Thoughts: I have been struggling with this card since I bought it two months ago. At first the card would create a blue screen after anywhere from 1 minute to 20 minutes of use. The computer would shut down and restart. I didn't change anything other than uninstall and re-install the display driver again (I did update it when I got the card) Since then, or since the "windows is trying to find a fix for the problem" screens, the card no longer blue screens my computer. I have a dual monitor set up both running the same resolution 1080x1920. Now, the problem shows up as a black screen. My computer lags out and makes both screens black. After about 5 minutes of waiting the screens come back on on their own and the windows message says "recovered from a display driver crash (etc)" and begins to work again....until the screens go black again. I play Starcraft 2 on ultra settings and did so on my older Sapphire Radeon card without issue. I wanted the upgrade to handle a 4k display and maybe a 3 screen eyefinity setup but Im worried now. Newegg's VGA replacement only policy is something I just never thought I would have a problem with, but I was one of the lucky guys that got a bad card and threw the box away. I couldn't return it without all of the packaging. I will never buy a VGA replacement only card ever again from Newegg or any other manufacturer.

-1 x GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-1 x Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
-1 x Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model ...
-1 x SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100361-2SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
-Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.91 CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
-Intel i7-750 cpu

Is my power supply the weak link here?

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  • Blood
  • 4/10/2015 4:44:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAll around Great Video Card.

Pros: Great Frame rates, Impressive cooling system and overall the best Radeon video card I have ever owned.

I run two video cards in my AMD rig the bridge-less crossfire and nvidia cards are amazing I have not see any real performance differences in a bridged card and the bridge-less system.

Shadows of Mordor runs at 70-147 fps
sid meier's civilization beyond earth runs at over 100 fps using mantel.

Cons: I run a custom water cooled loop in my system I ran these cards as air cooled for the first week. What I do not like about these cards is the fans can get very loud my system can't even be heard now.

Any game that has been designed for nvidia has some tearing until you tweak the settings the new raptor software helps address this issue by helping you set the game up best for your cards this has reduced this issue but I like to run all options on in ultra. I just bought three new monitors with AMD free-sync I am going to see if this changes anything.

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  • Scott
  • 3/23/2015 6:26:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: So far okay. I play this with StarCraft II and so far does not lag at all. Even my 7970 lags some. This is by far the best card I have had.

Cons: Price! Other than that...None!!

Other Thoughts: It is big, but I have a Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra Super Tower and it fits just fine.

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  • 3/18/2015 2:59:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: This Card has run everything I have thrown at it on maxed out settings with a overclocked 3570k and a z77a mobo. This card runs very frosty after hours of hardcore play and never gets above 78c. This card was made to game and at a high level. This is the second Sapphire card I have purchased and I got to say they make a great product. I have been overclocking my R7850 for awhile now and is still running great.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: This card runs everything I throw at it maxed out settings 60fps plus at 1080p. I upgraded my R7850 and I got to say it is a night and day difference the way games are running on it. If you want a card that stays cool and for sure makes 1080p gaming top notch then get this card. I can't say for sure about 4K gaming on it but I have a Asus VG248QE 24-Inch and it really uses the 144hz.

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