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SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 1:53 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Sapphire Tech

Overclocking - Let's See How Far We Can Go


We didn't have much time with our SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 390X 8GB, so we don't have overclocking results to share with the world right now. Instead, what we're going to do is follow this up with an overclocking roundup of the cards we have here in the labs from SAPPHIRE, MSI and HIS.



Software - TRIXX to the Rescue


SAPPHIRE's impressive TRIXX Tweak Utility gives you a great handle on your Radeon R9 390X. You have a full suite of information, overclocking control, fan control, and settings to play around with.




It's like blending the worlds of the super-useful GPU-z and software OC into one glorious bundle, wrapped up as the TRIXX software.



Power Consumption


Because AMD hasn't used a new architecture in the Radeon R9 390X, we're looking at the same power consumption that the Radeon R9 290X used. Under our Battlefield 4 testing at 2560x1440, the SAPPHIRE Radeon Tri-X R9 390X 8GB along with our entire test bed PC used 440W of power.



This is a huge number, and something you should take into consideration. NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture really comes into play here, with the GTX 980 only consuming 280-320W depending on the card.





Sound Testing


The SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 390X 8GB was silent for most of our testing, apart from when we manually turned the fan up to 100%. Of course, this is going to make the card louder, but for overclockers and enthusiasts who want to push their new Hawaii-based card to the limit, you'll have to put up with the noise.



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