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SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 1:53 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Sapphire Tech

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 390X 8GB.

 

What's Hot

 

A New Release From AMD!: After over 18 months of no new single GPU releases from AMD, this is a new product. It might be a rebrand, but the Red Team is back in action with the Radeon R9 390X.

 

SAPPHIRE's Slick New Style: With SAPPHIRE only making AMD Radeon-based video cards, they have had to wait over 18 months to release a product based on something 'new'. While the Radeon R9 390X isn't exactly a new architecture, it gave SAPPHIRE the chance to do something different.

 

3 x DisplayPort Outputs: SAPPHIRE has used three DisplayPort outputs on the Tri-X R9 390X 8GB which is just great, it really is. Our other Radeon R9 390X cards have the same old display configuration, but SAPPHIRE wins our hearts with the Tri-X R9 390X 8GB.

 

 

10% More Performance Over 290X: The Radeon R9 390X was never meant to be the new flagship GPU, as that's Fiji's job with the Fury and Fury X cards. But, the 390X is around 10% faster on average, over the 290X, which isn't bad. The Radeon R9 290X is still a fast card by today's standards, so the 390X is just a fine tuning of the Hawaii architecture.

 

What's Not

 

AMD Has Essentially Rebranded The Radeon R9 290X: We don't get much more performance than the Radeon R9 290X, and this is a hard thing. It's not bad, but it's not great. It lets consumers decide to leave upgrading their 290X, and grab the Fury or Fury X instead.

 

$100+ Premium Over 290X 4GB: This is something you have to decide for yourself, but I don't think a $100+ premium over the Radeon R9 290X with 4GB is worth paying for. 8GB is only used in a handful of games, something we addressed in a VRAM consumption article last week.

 

Nothing Really New: The Radeon R9 390X doesn't offer anything new, apart from the 8GB framebuffer. We have support for LiquidVR, FreeSync and all of that jazz, but the Fiji-based Fury cards is where the excitement is.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

My final 'What's Hot/What's Not' section of the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 390X 8GB review is very similar to the MSI Radeon R9 390X Gaming 8G that I wrote yesterday, because both of these cards are just so similar. At the end of the day, they're both Radeon R9 390X cards, with the big difference being their cooling setups and SAPPHIRE's unique approach to display outputs with 3 x DisplayPort outputs.

 

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What SAPPHIRE has done here refreshed its already impressive Tri-X R9 290X 8GB with the Tri-X R9 390X 8GB, and refreshed the styling which is something that I have really enjoyed with the card.

 

Performance wise, you're getting a card that is more than capable of providing an excellent experience at 1080p and 1440p, while moving up to 4K we saw 60FPS+ in most of our games (which we run at Medium/High settings). 4K 60FPS for under $450 is great, especially if you're a fan of AMD.

 

SAPPHIRE fans will be jumping at the Tri-X R9 390X 8GB, and with two of these in CrossFire, you're in for a huge amount of fun. But where to from here? I can't wait to see what SAPPHIRE has in plan for the world with the Radeon R9 Fury cards... oh boy.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)80%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Value for Money80%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: SAPPHIRE differentiates itself from the competition by offering up not only a great looking AMD Radeon R9 390X based video card, but display connectivity that isn't stuck in 2013. Good work, SAPPHIRE.

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