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SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: SAPPHIRE

Power Consumption

 

The SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X consumes a serious amount of power compared to the likes of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, consuming up to and sometimes over 450W (full system). It'll be interesting to see how much this is reduced when AMD launches the new Radeon 300 series in the next few months.

 

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As you can see, when the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X card consumes a gigantic 625W maximum when overclocked. It did spike to 690W during some of our Metro: Last Light testing, which was quite scary to see from a single GPU setup.

 

 

Sound Testing

 

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We're finally setup with some sounds testing equipment, where the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X pushes out some serious sound at 100% fan speed. At 50%, it's much better - and that is enough to keep your card nice and cool.

 

We will be filling this chart out in the next week or two, with all of our cards tested so far.

 

 

Software

 

We actually took a very detailed look , at SAPPHIRE's impressive OC software 'Trixx' a while ago now on so things haven't changed much there at all.

 

It's still an impressive piece of software, and made the overclocking process on our SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X much easier to deal with.

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