Mascots, some we love and some we absolutely hate. Some are memorable and some we tend to forget. Computer component manufacturers use mascots as well as their trademark in order to create an impression on the consumer. Basically, if the mascot is memorable when you see a product on the shelf you are more prone to purchase it if it is embedded in your mind. Lately, there have been quite a few mascot changes which has made it harder for a consumer to choose a product. If you ask me what the last two Sapphire Toxic Edition Mascots were I wouldn’t be able to tell you. They were simply not memorable.
Along with the launch of the new AMD based Radeon video cards, Sapphire has made a change to all their specific model mascots. I can honestly say I like the change and it seems that Sapphire has made a good decision to use a specific character set to make it memorable and also color coded each of the models. Over the last 3 or 4 years Sapphire didn’t seem to have any rhyme or reason for their Toxic series, mascots and colors of boxes changed like the wind. Now, Toxic finally has a color and mascot, Gold for the color and an armored avenger for the mascot who has the Toxic logo on the armor in the form of fans. A change I find quite favorable, but we are not here to talk about mascots, we are here to see what Sapphire has done to make the Toxic Edition R9 270X a worthwhile purchase.
The Sapphire Toxic Edition R9 270X is priced at $239.99 USD. The Toxic Edition 270X is a non-reference factory overclocked 270X. The 270X Toxic has a core clock with boost of 1150 MHz, memory clock on 6000 MHz, 2GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory and 1280 processing units. For cooling, the Sapphire 270X Toxic Edition comes with Sapphire's own Tri-X cooling technology, this includes three fans and a 10mm heatpipe. As an added feature Sapphire has added Black Diamond Chokes for longer longevity and the heatsink shroud has a Sapphire LED heat indicator. There is also a Dual UEFI BIOS switch which can be activated in the event of incompatibilities with a non UEFI motherboard. To power the Toxic R9 270X you will need two 6-pin PCI-e power connectors. For added protection it also has a full back plate. The Toxic Edition offers four methods of connectivity via 1 x DVI-I, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI and 1 X Display Port, its dimensions are 308(L)X113(W)X41(H) mm and it is Crossfire and Eyefinity capable.