Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Vapor-X & Toxic Editions Unboxing & Review | Unboxholics
Hello there unboxers! This is Sakis Karpas in another episode of Unboxholics. Today we will take a look at two new video cards from AMD and Sapphire, specifically the Vapor-X R9 270X and Toxic R9 270X. The main differences between these two cards are located in the cooling system and their core clock. The 270X chip is featured in entry level cards of the R9 series, intented for high end systems. The first thing we find inside is the video card itself, so we’ll leave it aside for now to see what else is inside. Inside we find: 1. An HDMI cable 2. Two 4-pin Molex into 6-pin PCI power adapters 3. A DVI to VGA adapter 4. A Crossfire 5. Some manuals 6. A driver installation CD along with a Sapphire sticker The same contents are inside the Toxic Edition package, so let’s not waste any more time. Let’s begin with the Vapor-X edition which was protected with an antistatic bag and a plastic cover. The design of the Vapor-X R9 270 is quite sleek and it comes in a black and blue color combination. The card takes up two slots in the motherboard and its length is 26cm. The 2nd generation cooling system of the Vapor-X features two fans and it is designed to offer low levels of noise and temperature. The air comes through the front side which then passes through the fans and the heatpipes then draw the heat away and up through the aluminum fins for dissipation. On the top side we found two 6 pin connectors next to the Dual Bios switch. The card can be connected to the motherboard via PCI 3.0 Express and it fully supports Crossfire Technology. The following ports are located on the back side: an HDMI port, a Display Port, a Dual DVI-D port and a Dual Link DVI-I port. This card can be connected with up to 4 monitors. Let’s check out the Toxic Edition which comes in a black and orange color combination and features a solid metallic part for protecting the PCB. This metallic part makes the card a lot heavier than the ordinary but a small number of users care about the weight of a graphics card. The most noticeable difference between the two cards is the cooling system which features three fans on the Toxic Edition. Sapphire calls this Tri-X. This make the card quite big in terms of size with a length of 30.8cm. But this can be justified by the very low temperature of the card. Like the Vapor-X, on the top side of the card we found two 6 pin connectors while on the left side we found a Dual Bios switch. On the back side we find the same ports as with Vapor-X. Let’s take a look at the technical specifications of these two cards. Don’t expect many differences since they have the same chipset. Video Memory Toxic: 2048MB 256-bit, 6000MHz Vapor-X: 2048MB 256-bit, 5800MHz Vapor-X Core Clock: 1100 MHz Toxic Core Clock: 1150 MHz Chip Architecture: 28nm GCN Stream Processors: 1280 Both cards support DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3. Last but not least, both cards also support Mantle (more control over the hardware for game developers), Dolby TrueHD & DTSHD Audio. A review of a video card worths nothing without a benchmark overview. Go ahead and take a look at our benchmark charts. As you can see, both cards perform quite similarly with the Toxic Edition having a small advantage. Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Vapor-X and Toxic are now available for €210 and €230 respectively. If you ask me, I would definitely prefer the Toxic Edition mainly because it has a better cooling system and that keeps the temperature really low. In our upcoming episode, we’ll be taking a look at the R9 series. So, stay tuned. Thumbs up this episode if you enjoyed it and stay tuned to Unboxholics for more. Make sure to follow us on Unboxholics.com, GameOver.gr, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Until the next episode, take care!