Last month AMD held their 30 years of graphics celebration, during which they announced their next Radeon video card, the Radeon R9 285. Designed to be AMD’s new $249 midrange enthusiast card, the R9 285 would be launching on September 2nd. In the process the R9 285 would be a partial refresh of their R9 280 series lineup, supplying it with a new part that would serve to replace their nearly 3 year old Tahiti GPU. The R9 285 is something of a lateral move for AMD, which is something we very rarely see in this industry. The R9 285’s immediate predecessor, the R9 280 (vanilla) has been on the market with an MSRP of $249 for nearly 4 months now. Meanwhile the R9 285...

Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X 8GB Hits Retail: UK Only, £600

Back at CeBit 2014 we ran a news item regarding a couple of Sapphire branded AMD GPUs that used double the video memory of the standard R9 290X. It...

18 by Ian Cutress on 5/7/2014

CeBIT 2014: Sapphire Shows Two R9 290X 8GB GDDR5 GPUs

Back when the 8800GT was launched, 512MB of video memory is all we needed. To have 2GB, 3GB or 4GB on a video card seemed like overkill. Fast forward...

26 by Ian Cutress on 3/13/2014

Sapphire Combines the R7 250X with a Vapor-X Cooler

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...

8 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2014

The AMD Radeon R7 265 & R7 260 Review: Feat Sapphire & Asus

The launch of the Radeon R7 250X earlier this week and today the Radeon R7 265 are part of a larger refactoring of AMD’s mainstream desktop product family. AMD...

52 by Ryan Smith on 2/13/2014

Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X OC Review: Our First Custom Cooled 290

Ever since the 290 review there has been a lot of chatter and questions about when we’d see the first customized cards show up, and the answer is that...

117 by Ryan Smith on 12/24/2013

Analyzing Power Use: 80 Plus Bronze vs. Platinum

I’ve been toying around with updating my computer lately, and one of the topics I wanted to look at was the choice of power supply. For the most part...

77 by Jarred Walton on 10/30/2013

The Sapphire R9 280X Toxic Review

Today we're taking a look at Sapphire's Radeon R9 280X Toxic, the latest of the custom 280X cards to come rolling through our labs. With the Toxic series of...

84 by Ryan Smith on 10/10/2013

AMD Radeon HD 7790 Review Feat. Sapphire: The First Desktop Sea Islands

Launching today is AMD’s second new GPU for 2013 and the first GPU to make it to the retail desktop market: Bonaire. Bonaire in turn will be powering AMD’s...

107 by Ryan Smith on 3/22/2013

Sapphire mITX and a Budget Tahiti GPU

Like most graphics companies, Sapphire didn’t have anything major to announce at CES. Their suite was mostly dedicated to showing off their Mini-ITX Edge VS boxes, which were launched...

7 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Finally Available: Sapphire Toxic HD 7970 GHz Edition 6GB

After originally missing its initial launch window of late June, and again missing a soft launch target of 2 weeks ago, the first Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card...

18 by Ryan Smith on 7/31/2012

First look at an AMD Brazos 2.0 Motherboard

Sapphire showed us its Brazos 2.0 motherboard based on AMD's E2-1800 APU with Radeon HD 7340 graphics. The Pure Mini E2-1800 uses SO-DIMMs (8GB max) and features both a...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2012

Sapphire's Passively Cooled Radeon HD 7770

Yesterday I met with AMD's well known GPU partner Sapphire. Among their laundry list of AMD based graphics cards was this passively cooled Radeon HD 7770. The board layout...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2012

Capsule Review: Sapphire's Radeon HD 7870 Overclock Edition

As AMD’s 28nm allocation has improved so has the selection of cards available on the market. We’re still in the first phase of the Radeon HD 7000 series rollout...

37 by Ryan Smith on 4/28/2012

AMD Radeon HD 7950 Review Feat. Sapphire & XFX: Sewing Up The High-End Market

Announced late last month and shipping 3 weeks ago, AMD kicked off the 28nm generation with a bang with their Radeon HD 7970. Combining TSMC’s new 28nm HKMG process...

259 by Ryan Smith on 1/31/2012

Sapphire Shows Off Vid 2X, Motherboards, etc.

Sapphire was showing off their latest products in their suite, including a just-in-from-Taiwan Ivy Bridge motherboard, along with X79 and 990FX motherboards for SNB-E and Bulldozer. Also on display...

11 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2012

Discrete HTPC GPU Shootout

The popularity of Intel's HD Graphics amongst HTPC enthusiasts and the success of the AMD APUs seem to indicate that the days of the discrete HTPC GPU are numbered...

70 by Ganesh T S on 6/12/2011

Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate Announced

Sapphire is bringing a constant stream of passively cooled 5xxx series GPUs to the market – if you recall, we reported on the Sapphire HD5550 Ultimate only a couple...

24 by Ian Cutress on 6/24/2010

Overclocked: Our Custom Radeon HD 5870 Roundup

Fans of custom video cards have undoubtedly found themselves a bit disappointed with the Radeon HD 5800 series. Due to a perfect storm of low GPU yields from TSMC...

45 by Ryan Smith on 5/19/2010

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