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Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Vapor-X OC Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 30, 2014 8:02 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Sapphire

4K – 3840 x 2160 Testing

 

 

4K monitors are the next step for gamers demanding the best in image quality. With 4x the pixels of a standard 1920 x 1080 monitor (meaning 4x the intensity), 3840 x 2160 brings with it a new level of intensity to video cards.

 

Wanting to make sure that you're buying the right video card for a monitor that offers such a large resolution, we test the latest and greatest video cards in a couple of benchmarks to give you an idea of just what kind of setup you require.

 

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Looking above, you can see the overclock gives us a nice little performance boost over the Tri-X version of the Sapphire R9 290 4GB we looked at recently. You can see that the 6GB MSI GTX 780, when overclocked so high, does manage to gain a few extra marks.

 

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Cranking up to that massive 4K resolution, you can see that we manage to score a solid 69 FPS. We do fall short of the MSI GTX 780 6GB again, but overall we've got an impressive number on all our setups here.

 

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Hitman Absolutions sees the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Vapor-X OC get a nice boost over its little Tri-X brother, which also pushes the lead of the R9 290 4GB further when compared to the GTX 780 6GB here. Overall, though, we'd prefer a couple more FPS in the average department to make sure everything was silky smooth.

 

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While the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Vapor-X OC and MSI GTX 780 6GB score close to each other here, you can see that the numbers from all setups are unplayable.

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