In order to differentiate yourself in the GPU market, a GPU vendor has to be creative and provide a feature that no-one else does.  On the high end cards, this is easier to perform, because a redesign of the power delivery, a better cooler, or a pre-overclocked GPU are often the tactics used.  When it gets down to the lower margin GPU parts, where the higher volumes are sold, it can be more difficult.  This is a segment where almost every cent counts.  Sometimes it pays to be the cheapest, and for various markets it is all about style or longevity.  To tackle this issue in the R7 250X space, Sapphire is releasing a model with their Vapor-X cooler.

The Sapphire Vapor-X R7 250X 1GB DDR5 OC is a dual slot card, featuring a core clock of 1100 MHz and 1300 MHz on the memory (5.2 GB/s effective).  The card is understandably dual slot, giving HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D and DVI-I connectors on the rear.  The 640 SPs are powered by a single 6-pin PCIe connector, and the box with the GPU will contain a 4-pin molex to 6-pin PCIe cable as well as a DVI to VGA adapter.  The listing online also states that the full retail SKU will also contain a 1.8 meter HDMI 1.4a cable, suitable for 3D viewing.

The Sapphire Vapor-X R7 250X 1GB DDR5 OC will be on sale shortly, although the MSRP has not been released.  The standard non-Vapor-X version of the GPU will also be available for $100, featuring slightly lower clocks (950 MHz core, 1125 MHz memory).

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  • yannigr - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    Sapphire Combines the overclocked HD7850 with a Vapor-X Cooler

    Title fixed :p
  • yannigr - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    Times like this I loved to have an edit button.

    Sapphire Combines the HD7770 with a Vapor-X Cooler

  • WithoutWeakness - Monday, February 24, 2014 - link

    Even better: Sapphire Re-releases the HD7770 Vapor-X
  • unckle - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    when do we see some 290x with custom cooling ?

    (Sapphire has a nice Tri-X with 1040 MHz)
  • RaistlinZ - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    Is a dual-cooler really necessary on a card like this? It's not like you're going to be doing any heavy gaming with a 250X.
  • takeship - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    If a dual cooler means the fans can handle full load at say 30% and stay virtually silent, then it's worth it. The 1GB is a bit of a deal breaker though. Why bother with GDDR5 if you're not including at least 2GB?
  • suntoucher - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    Heavy gaming does also rely on budget, so it is possible, and it's not a bad thing to have a cooler, quieter system. Especially if you have the slots free. I run dual 260Xs as I picked them up cheaply (119USD each) and have no issues running Skyrim on Ultra at 1440p. My 6870 could do it on high but it kicked up a racket doing so, the twin dual-slot 260Xs are almost silent whilst running higher settings.
  • TotalMr Alien - Monday, March 3, 2014 - link

    Does anyone have a link on where to buy this? or if it is released yet?

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