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

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire

Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts

 

Coming in at a little over $400, the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC finds itself sitting in the middle of the pack. While we've got a couple of cards that sit below it, we've also got a number of cards that sit above it. We would expect the card to carry with it a slight premium over standard models. What we would hope, though, is that it doesn't sit right at the top of the pricing pyramid unless it was something like a TOXIC Edition.

 

Moving away from the price of the card and onto everything else that surrounds it, you can see when it comes to the bundle we've got a pretty standard Sapphire setup. You've got the normal inclusions like our Driver CD, Paperwork, and needed power cables. In typical Sapphire fashion, you can see, like they do with most mid-range and upwards, the company has included an HDMI cable in the bundle. While you might not need it, the inclusion, as we always say, is handy. A number of devices continue to not include an HDMI cable, and having a spare one floating around the house is never a bad thing.

 

As for the card itself, Sapphire has done a really good job. The Tri-X fan is a great cooler. We saw it perform well on the R9 290X 4GB from them, and today it again does an excellent job. What we really like, though, is the overclock that Sapphire is offering us. They've given the core a nice bump, but unlike most companies, they have not chosen to ignore the memory clock. Instead, they've also given the 4GB of GDDR5 a slight performance bump. Combined with the core increase, we receive a really nice little performance boost across the board.

 

When it comes to performance, you can see the overclock gives us a nice little boost in performance in almost every benchmark. As for benchmarking at 4K, the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC does indeed fall short under the most intensive benchmarks like Hitman Absolution and Tomb Raider. Surprisingly, you can see that it manages to just scrape past that 60 FPS number we need under Sleeping Dogs. We're looking forward to growing our 4K results database over the coming weeks and months.

 

There's little to fault about the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC. Sapphire, as always, has put together a really nice card. We've got a strong cooler, nice bundle with that little bit extra, and an overclock that has seen a bump in both the core and memory clock. If you're after something that sits a little over $400, the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC is an excellent option. We're looking forward to testing the more expensive Vapor-X version of the card, which has also just arrived.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC retails for $444.36 at Amazon.

 

Canada: The Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC retails for CDN$541.70 at Amazon Canada.

 

Australia: The Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC retails for $711.99 AUD at Mighty Ape Australia.

 

New Zealand: The Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC retails for $749.99 NZD at Mighty Ape NZ.

 

 

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