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Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC Video Card Review (with 4K tests) (Page 13)

By Shawn Baker | May 19, 2014 09:00 am CDT
Rating: 94%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.


It's difficult to know just how the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC sits against other cards. While not the most useful benchmark here, in time as the results grow, we'll get a good idea of how video cards handle this synthetic benchmark, which has a heavy emphasis on tessellation.


Looking under Sleeping Dogs, it's really quite amazing to see that the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Tri-X OC manages to offer a playable 62 FPS at this ultra-high resolution. Of course, we'd prefer a little more breathing room, but this is a number we're not complaining about.


While Hitman Absolution sees a nice minimum score, you can see the 49 FPS average is just too low for the game to be playable.


We finish our 4K testing with Tomb Raider, and you can see with a minimum and average in the 20s, this just isn't going to happen.

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