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AMD Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p. All games with system requirements of DirectX 11 or lower are met by this card.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2019. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. 448 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition shows us that Cyberpunk 2077 is predicted to get a weak result of 20 FPS, and then we are seeing Borderlands 3 returning a playable 36 FPS while another game on our list is the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare which is getting 44 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Borderlands 3 to see how the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition dealt with it. It scored up a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 72 FPS, Medium: 57 FPS, High: 38 FPS and Ultra: 27 FPS. Next we looked at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare which was playable with a 34 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Cyberpunk 2077 that we predict will get an Ultra 1440p FPS of 15. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition we get the impression that it is a suitable graphics card for this larger screen res. In some cases we might expect some graphics option tweaks down from Ultra to High to help improve FPS stability when gaming at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which meets 901 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 50% better performance. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 20% better and can meet 849 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
62 FPS
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The Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition is released on 05 Dec 2013

Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
160 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2560
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Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1300 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
332.8GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Power
Max Power
275 Watts
PSU
750 Watt
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
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Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 290.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 947MHz to 1000MHz and in the memory clock which now operates at 1300MHz. Furthermore, the card comes with a custom triple fan solution which will reduce its temperature under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance boost over the reference card.


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Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 36% 12%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 79% 54%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 39% 12%
Halo: Reach 84% 64%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 31% 54%
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 54%
Borderlands 3 28% 18%
FIFA 20 57% 40%
Death Stranding 31% 54%
Need For Speed Heat 37% 12%
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Hello , will my cpu bottleneck this gpu ? :)

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Will a decently highly overclocked FX 8320e bottleneck this?

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Nope, your build should be fairly balanced

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If this comes stock OC'd, can I keep it at that level with my current 550w PSU? Will a 650w PSU work well?

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A quality 550w could be alright and a 650w will definitely work. I use it with an average quality 600w without any trouble.

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which one

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is this and dual x5460 good match? my gtx660 was holding a single x5460 back by alot,and it was a OC card.

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there are alot games that req good sufficient single core performance if only one from your cores on 100% you are bottlenecking gpu so you want to have something atleast like i5 2500k oced 4.0ghz

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eh,i dont have $$ for new cpu,i plan to be doing dx12 gaming,and i actually got a gtx690 anyway ahahah

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Guys anyone having troubles with this card being freezing the pc, I've replaced this card like 3 times but it still keeps freezing. When I play games or when I watch YouTube or anything.

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If you replaced it 3 times, how do you know its card freezing your pc?

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Because everything else doesn't have any troubles, hdd, ram, and got new mobo. Computer doesn't freeze when I don't have this gpu in it, only when I put this gpu in the pc then it freezes. I have runned tools from the (cmd) to check the other components, nothing wrong with them.

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So everytime it was new card?
tested pc with other gpu?
mem test?
clear driver install? (something like DDU)


And how this freezing proceeds, whats on your monitor when it occurs

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Yes everytime it was a new gpu, went back to the store and got a new one. I had a 7970 before it and never had this issue. When it freezes a weird loud sound comes out for 4 seconds then it stops and the monitor freezes and hdd light stop blinking. But nothing wrong with the monitor itself it still works but the signal freezes. Then I have to reboot manually by pressing the reboot button.

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You can try to update BIOS, here http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/Fatal1ty%20970%20Performance/?cat=Download&os=BIOS


But if it is only with your new card, I would bet its something with overheating, download something like afterburner, try that card again, play some demanding game and monitor temperatures of your card for few minutes

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Same card, same problem. I've had to underclock it to keep it from black screen crashing, and that's "solved" the problem. Thinking of selling it and getting a 390…

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have you tried replacing the power supply with another one preferably a 600w

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I've updated my mobo's driver from 1.1 to 1.2 and now it seems to work better thanks for the help. :) why would I replace my Psu with a lower one? I only have this psu.

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Good to hear
enjoy your new card

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I have a VS550 watt PSU! Will my psu handle my i5-4690k at stock speeds and this card? Please help. I see that the max power the card could draw is 275 watts…but only if you do something crazy i suppose. HELP?

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Will this card support DirectX 12? Also, will an EVGA 500W PSU and an Intel i5-4460 be enough for this GPU?

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yes this card support the directx 12.
yes it can work on 500w power supply but that it's the very limit .
that cpu is very good i recommended .
you can't overclock neither the cpu or the gpu with that power supply.
So if that ok so take it will work.
it's a very powerful card and run pretty cool.
good luck…

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Is FX 8320e and this a good match?

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it's okay but if you can grab his big brother Fx 8350 (or Fx 8370) that will be very good match.

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Just bought this for $260 at Newegg as a replacement for my dead 270. Can't wait for it to get here.

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Oh what a coincidence my 270x dvi ports died so went and got this as well :D

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if i get this will i have a bottleneck?

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yes and no. in 99% of the games you'll be fine, but in some you'll get slight bottleneck and in arma II MP 60+ players with tons of mods, you will get 20-30fps no matter what gpu you have, or CPU :D

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