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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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