SAPPHIRE GRAPHICS CARD R7 250X 2GB DDR5 VAPOR-X
The R7 250X is a breath of fresh air compared to the cheap £45+ products. At a resolution of 1680×1050, it can effortlessly shatter the 30fps mark. Crucially, it’s never far away from the 50fps mark. If you’re getting close to 50fps, you should be having a very comfortable playing experience. The 250X is the fastest card at this price point, thanks mainly to its superior texture handling, and generally finishes ahead of the GT 740 by around 4-5fps. Pound for pound, it offers the best value of all the budget graphics cards we’ve reviewed
Radeon R7 250X Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class Radeon R7 250X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution which will make the card even cooler and overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 950MHz to 1100MHz, while the operating memory clock is now of 1300MHz, instead of 1125MHz.
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.