Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270X
OverviewHardware: Video Cards
WHAT WE LIKED:Performance, Price and Value, Cooling, Quiet and looks.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Driver Disc did not contain drivers that would detect the 270x.
We began this review by discussing business practices, follow-through, and how we all love shiny new toys. Today that shiny toy was the new Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270x. I can say I did enjoy playing with the Vapor-X, even when running these benchmarks hour after hour can start to make the eyelids very heavy. Along with that enjoyment came a certain amount of amazement. It came at the end of every test, when I was presented with results that put this card in step with GPUs that had better specs. The aging 7950s have more GPU cores, more memory and a wider memory bus and should in all honesty spank the smaller 270x. Its not until you look into the numbers when you realize how the 270x can keep up. Running those 1280 updated cores at 1100mhz and the memory at an effective clock of 5.8GBps goes a long way to making it possible.
The Vapor-X also does a great job of managing the heat that is created running GPU cores and memory at higher speeds thanks to Sapphires innovative vapor chamber technology joined together with the Dual-X configuration. It cools well, runs silent and looks fantastic. The heat shroud is made from metal sheeting and contains an anti-bow brace I have never seen in any other GPU. I like the addition of the frost blue flares on the end too. I would have liked to have seen lights inside on them. Overall the Vapor-X R9 270x feels like a top of the line product.
Feeling that you received a good value for your money is so important yet somehow misunderstood. Just because it was cheap doesn’t necessarily make it a value. It has to maintain that lower price but still meet all your expectations. The Vapor-X R9 270x does both very well by having a sticker launch price of $219 and matching the 7950 in overall performance. The lowest price 7950 I found was $209 but was clocked at a paltry 830mhz with Boost and lacked all of the newest features like 4k gaming, any three-port Eyefinity, Mantel support, OpenGL 4.2, and DirectX 11.2. When it comes to Price, Performance, Features, Style and Value, all of these are in place with the Vapor-X R9 270x, proving Sapphire has the follow-through. This excellence is why we are honoring the Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270x with the Pureoverclock Editors Choice Award.