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Sapphire R9 280X Vapor X Review

To test power consumption today we are using a Keithley Integra unit and we measure power consumption from the VGA card inputs, not the system wide drain. We measure results while gaming in Crysis Warhead and record the results.
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There is no doubt that the Sapphire HD7970 6GB Toxic Edition was one of the most powerful HD7970’s ever released, but it is a power sucking beast. Sapphire increased the GPU Voltage, enhanced the clock speeds significantly and added another 3GB of GDDR5 – all combined these ensure a high power drain. The new R9 280X Vapor X by comparison seems modest in its power requirements.

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