Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890 Pro Reviews
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"Overall we're very pleased with Sapphire's Radeon 4890 Vapor-X, it offers a good alternative to the standard 4890 design and does so at the same price point of $229. This is what 4890 cards go for right now so that means there is no price increase. Unfortunately, we thought we'd see more gains at higher resolutions from the extra memory clock but it doesn't seem to be that large although in our testing Crysis did show some better results. The card overclocks well but so did our standard 4890 card so there it is a wash. It does run quieter, features a good bundle, and looks great so it is a card we can highly recommend. If you find a deal on a 4890 and the Vapor-X offers nothing extra you like you can't really go wrong with the 4890 but at the same or similar price or if you're looking for a non-standard or quieter card, the Vapor-X is a great choice."
"Given the performance and silence, the Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD4890 1GB graphics card earns the Bigbruin.com awards of "Recommended" and "Whisper Quiet"."
"The card appears to be entering the market at an aggressive price point and you’ll even find reference cards at the same price as this model (statistic based on NewEgg’s selection). At this moment in time we haven’t received any information regarding the UK pricing but over in the United States the card is on sale for $229.99. Taking into account the features this card is supplied with the pricing certainly offers value to the customer. Additionally, the bundle contains all the accessories you might need and includes a handy HDMI to DVI adaptor for your dual LCD setup.
The Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X is a great product all around, packed with features and we would strongly recommend it if you’re shopping for a HD 4890."
"Your overall gaming experience will be great, typically any game up-to 1920x1200 will not be a problem. Your framerates will be great, the image quality can be set to very high. Some games you can apply 8x AA too, others you'll settle for 4x AA. With the help of UVD you can watch your movies hardware assisted and enhanced by the GPU, and slowly but steadily we are now also seeing some ATI Stream applications surface.
So the baseline specifications and features are good, the performance is excellent, and we just love the cooler compared to the reference cooler which translates into better temperatures and a silent performing graphics card."
"The Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4890 could have been a great card, but it was let down by its average performance, and less than ideal cooling. We expected more from the vapor chamber technology cooler. Moreover, at a price of US$250, it is about a good US$40 more than most other Radeon HD 4890 cards. And given the less than special cooler and useless additional GB of video memory, you'll essentially be paying more for pretty much nothing.
However, if for some reason you must insist on a graphics card with vapor chamber technology, then you'd be better off getting the 1GB variant of this card. Yes, Sapphire offers this card in 1GB flavor too, and that costs about US$210. We doubt the cooler on that is going to be any more efficient, but at least it costs roughly the same as other Radeon HD 4890 cards, which means you are not paying more for a cooler that doesn't work and extra memory that doesn't help."