Introduction: With the release of a new generation of graphics cards there can be so much fan-fare and attention paid to the higher end offerings that lower end models get overlooked. System enthusiasts and hardcore gamers rarely even think of the models that can’t crank out maximum FPS or look awesome in a huge water cooled system. Some may be surprised to know there are GPUs for everyday people and entry level gaming. Shocking isn’t it? The vast majority of GPUs are of the integrated type, sold within the CPU/APU. Research has shown 50% of these IGP (Integrated Graphics Processors) go unused in favor of more robust discrete solutions. That is what we will be looking into today, a discrete solution that can offer more graphical prowess than any integrated solution. Its other defining characteristic is that it can do this in total silence. We are referring to the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate silent GPU. Specs: Display Support 3 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support Output 1 x HDMI (with 3D) 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 1 x Dual-Link DVI-I GPU 800 MHz Core Clock 28 nm Chip 512 x Stream Processors Video Memory 1024 MB Size 128 -bit GDDR5 4.5 MHz Effective Dimension 185(L)X120(W)X50(H) mm Size. 2 x slot Software Driver CD Innovation, performance and value for money have always made SAPPHIRE the supplier of choice for enthusiast graphics. SAPPHIRE was the first company to introduce fanless silent cooling solutions based on heatpipe technology and continues to offer...
Introduction One of the keys to a successful technology business is reaching out to customers. Get them interested in the product or services you are offering, and then close the deal by selling them the product or service. In this day and age, which is full of technology junkies, this seems incredibly easy. In most cases it is that easy. Something new and shiny hits the market and we drool on our keyboards. However there are some folks who remain reluctant for a very important reason, follow-through. They wonder if a company will follow-through by providing the best product or service for their hard earned money? If the company accomplishes the sometimes unspoken promise, then the deal is truly complete. There is a company that has a proven track record of doing just that year after year, product after product. Today we will see if Sapphire Technology can continue the tradition of providing a great value and performance for your hard earned dollars. Following the launch of the new AMD Hawaii based GPUs, Sapphire sent us its new Vapor-X R9-270x so we can measure its commitment to excellence. From Innovator to Excellence over 10 years! SAPPHIRE Technology was first formed as a manufacturer and global supplier of graphics cards when ATI (now a division of AMD) adopted the Add-in Board partner (AIB) model for delivering its technology to market. SAPPHIRE has consistently been the market leader with its graphics products. More recently the SAPPHIRE product rang...
The Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X comes with a custom cooler, and if history is any indication, we expect very big things from this Vapor-X technology, as Sapphire typically produces some of the coolest-running Radeon cards out there. Perhaps more importantly, however, the 7970 Vapor-X sports a factory overclock, to the tune of a 1GHz clock speed. This should provide enough of a speed boost for it to better competes against the competition's offerings. Can the Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X live up to the expectations? Click through to find out.
The battle for Z77 motherboards is very hot as of late. We have tested a slew of them and have seen more creative innovation than ever before. ASUS and Gigabyte tend to be the leaders when it comes to new products, but we have seen companies like MSI, Biostar and Elite Group step up their game in both aesthetics and features. Today we have a Sapphire Z77-based board on the bench, and will see how it competes with these others. Intel recently released Ivy Bridge and it seems to finally be proliferating retailer’s shelves. For those not familiar with Ivy Bridge, it is Intel’s next generation processor spawned from Sandy Bridge. Intel’s Tick Tock strategy brought new architecture with Sandy Bridge (Tock) and Ivy Bridge (Tick) brings a die shrink to 22nm with increased transistors. The new transistors called Tri-Gate 3D bring more efficiency with less voltage, but they do run much hotter than Ivy’s older brother Sandy. We have the new Sapphire Z77/K Motherboard in for testing, and it looks like it might be a great over-clocker at an affordable price. Click the link to find out more.
Eyefinity capabilities directly on the card, but can it bring enough horsepower?
Eyefinity tech on the card, along with a custom heatsink.