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.
No word yet on price or availability.