New cards from Sapphire keep their cool by using multiple fans
Nobody knows how to chill better than Jeff Bridges and John Goodman from The Big Lewbowski, though Sapphire's willing to give it the old college try, only in a different way. Sapphire today announced a pair of custom cooled Radeon R9 Series graphics cards, the Dual-X R9 280 with two aerofoil fans and graduated heatpipes, and Vapor-X R9 280X featuring the company's new Tri-X triple fan design.
Starting with the former, the Dual-X R9 280 is based on AMD's brand new R9 280 graphics card introduced today. Unlike the reference design, the Dual-X design supposedly allows the card to run cooler, quieter, and even a little faster at up to 940MHz Boost (versus 933MHz via Boost), or perhaps Sapphire is just rounding up.
Whereas the Dual-X cooler has been featured on other cards in Sapphire's stable, the Vapor-X R9 280X is the first to sport the tri-fan solution, which uses vapor-chamber cooling. According to Sapphire, this translates into a virtually silent gaming experience with more headroom to explore overclocking. As such, it comes factory overclocked to 1,000MHz core (1,100MHz Boost) and 1,500MHz (6GB/s) memory.