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Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 23, 2014 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire Technology

4K - 3840x2160 Testing



4K monitors are the next step for gamers demanding the best in image quality. With four times the pixels of a standard 1920x1080 monitor (meaning 4x the intensity), 3840x2160 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.




Cranking the resolution up, you can see that we're not actually all that far behind the R9 290 4GB that sits above it. Let's see how performance is in a real-world gaming environment, though.




Looking at Sleeping Dogs, you can see both the Sapphire R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC and R9 290 4GB struggle to hit that 60 FPS number we're on the hunt for. It's not until we move to the top R9 290X 4GB that we've overclocked that we see a playable number with the 72 FPS average.




Across the board, you can see the minimums and averages on all of our setups here are just too low. The 55 FPS average with the 47 FPS minimum seen on the heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB is border line; we would prefer an extra couple of FPS on the average.




Looking above, you can see that the FPS on all setups here is just way too low. The best average we have is 34 FPS coming from our heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB.




We finish off our gaming performance with GRID Autosport at our 4K resolution and see that the FPS is just too low on both setups. The heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB is borderline, but just like we said under Hitman Absolutions, we'd prefer an extra couple of FPS on the average.

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