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Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC Video Card Review (with 4K tests)

Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC Video Card Review (with 4K tests)
Shawn tests the recently released Tri-X version of the popular Radeon R9 290 from Sapphire - and we have 4K 2160p testing included for the first time. (NYSE:AMD)
| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire

Introduction of the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC

 

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Much to my surprise, I discovered that the R9 290 4GB is a card that we haven't tested too much. Instead, we've seen companies focus on the models that sit either side of it. We've seen both a large amount of R9 290X and R9 280X video cards. The R9 290, though, has been slightly neglected, and to be honest, we're not too sure why.

 

Having tested the reference version and the Sapphire version in CrossFire, we found ourselves extremely happy with what was being offered from the model. Why companies haven't to chosen to promote it more has left us a little puzzled. Saying that, though, we now have a pair of the cards on hand from Sapphire and look forward to seeing what the Tri-X version can do today and the Vapor-X version at a later date.

 

What makes this review even more exciting for us here at TweakTown, though, is the fact it's the first one that will be making use of our brand new Dell P2815Q monitor. If you're not quite sure what exactly makes this monitor special, it's the massive 3840 x 2160 or "4K" resolution that it carries. With a .16mm dot pitch, the need for AA and AF is almost negated due to the fineness of the pixels. From a load perspective, the 3840 x 2160's massive 8,294,400 pixels is equivalent to four 1920 x 1080 monitors, meaning that this single monitor places more load on your video card than a three screen 1080p Eyefinity or Surround Vision setup. Let's leave it at that, though, and check out the package of the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC before getting into the fun stuff.

 

 

Package - What comes inside the box

 

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Taking a look at the front of the box, we've got a very standard setup from Sapphire. You can see the model in the top right corner, which is of course the R9 290. Next to that, you can see that this particular card is also part of the Tri-X series. Across the bottom, you can see some of the main features, which include the fact this is an OC Edition card, offers 4GB of GDDR5, and supports 4K gaming, to name just a few.

 

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Turning the box over, you can see we've got a blurb on the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC on the left side, while the right gives us a slight rundown on some of the major features, including the overclock, Tri-X cooling system, and HDMI with 4K support.

 

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Opening up the box and looking at the bundle, you can see a fairly standard Sapphire bundle, which includes the normal line up of paperwork alongside our Driver CD. From the cable side of things, you can see we've got a Molex to 6-Pin PCIe and Molex to 8-Pin PCIe power connector included along with an HDMI cable, an extra that Sapphire often includes on its mid-range and up models.

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