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AMD Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition run games
AMD Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition is capable of DirectX 11 gaming requirements.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2021. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. This card runs recommended graphics requirements of 454 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

Running at 1080p this card gets a reasonable frame rate from Days Gone with 52 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Battlefield 2042 which is predicted to return a playable 30 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Dying Light 2 which we predict will get a playable 30 FPS.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Days Gone where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 104 FPS, Medium: 82 FPS, High: 55 FPS and Ultra: 39 FPS. We added Battlefield 2042 to our research and predict it will be weak with a 23 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Dying Light 2 leading us to predict 23 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition PC gaming 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 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition in your PC? This Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition? A suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition is the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, which is 57% more powerful and can run 976 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB which is 49% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 967 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
72 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition was released on 07 Nov 2014
AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
181 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
66 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 11.2
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.3
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
8192MB
Memory Speed
1375MHz
Memory Bus
512bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
352GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1030 MHz
Power
Max Power
290 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
4.5
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Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's high-end Radeon R9 290X 4GB, created by Sapphire.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1030MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1375MHz while the Frame Buffer was doubled to 8GB: which only proves to be useful when gaming at 3K or more.

Cooling Solution
The reference AMD Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Sapphire's Vapor-X Tripple Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 12% performance over the reference Radeon R9 290X 4GB.

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