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Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Vapor-X OC Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 30, 2014 8:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%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.




Looking above, you can see the overclock gives us a nice little performance boost over the Tri-X version of the Sapphire R9 290 4GB we looked at recently. You can see that the 6GB MSI GTX 780, when overclocked so high, does manage to gain a few extra marks.




Cranking up to that massive 4K resolution, you can see that we manage to score a solid 69 FPS. We do fall short of the MSI GTX 780 6GB again, but overall we've got an impressive number on all our setups here.




Hitman Absolutions sees the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Vapor-X OC get a nice boost over its little Tri-X brother, which also pushes the lead of the R9 290 4GB further when compared to the GTX 780 6GB here. Overall, though, we'd prefer a couple more FPS in the average department to make sure everything was silky smooth.




While the Sapphire R9 290 4GB Vapor-X OC and MSI GTX 780 6GB score close to each other here, you can see that the numbers from all setups are unplayable.

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