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Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB Vapor-X OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 17, 2014 10:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%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 a new level of intensity to video cards.


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.




I hoped we'd see the 8GB R9 290X shine when we moved to the massive 4K resolution. However, starting off with the new Ultra test from 3DMark Fire Strike, you can see that performance is actually slightly behind the 4GB model. This is not a good start at all for our 4K testing.




Moving into Heaven, you can see that we've got a bit of a performance boost that is (again) probably more attributable to the increased clock speeds than the extra 4GB of GDDR5 that is onboard.




Moving away from the synthetic benchmarks, and into some real-world games, you can see the results continue to be less than impressive. Looking above, you can see the two R9 290X cards perform identically to each other. While these numbers are ahead of both of the GTX 900 based cards, the overall performance is just too low for it to matter.

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