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

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Sapphire

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.

 

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Cranking up the resolution, we can see under Heaven that the heavily overclocked Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC scores just as we'd expect, coming out slightly ahead of the overclocked HIS R9 290X we tested recently.

 

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With the resolution cranked right up to 4K, we can see our heavily overclocked Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC manages to still score a solid 71 FPS average.

 

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Hitman Absolution at 4K isn't too bad. The minimum is really strong, but the 55 FPS average is just a little too low for our liking. With the game maxed out, though, we have plenty of room to move. I'd drop the detail slightly to get us into the 60 FPS range making sure our gaming experience was super smooth.

 

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While the 28 FPS minimum under Tomb Raider isn't too bad, you can see the average FPS sits just slightly higher at 34 FPS, a number that is just way too low for the game to be playable.

 

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GRID Autosport performance at 4K is nearly identical to that of Hitman Absolution. We have a strong minimum that sits in the mid 40 FPS range. The average, though, at 55 FPS is just a little too low for us, and we'd drop the detail slightly to get to that 60 FPS.

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