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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
22 May 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition is capable of DirectX 11 gaming requirements.

Here is a performance review on how capable the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition is at running the more popular games of 2020. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. This graphics hardware can run 600 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition is running Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord and delivering reasonable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 52 frames per second. Comparing this to Mafia 2: Definitive Edition which is getting reasonable results, where it averages 56 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Grand Theft Auto VI, which is predicted to run at 26 frames per second.

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 Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 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 Mafia 2: Definitive Edition to our tests and saw it was playable with a 43 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Grand Theft Auto VI leading us to predict 19 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition is a reasonable performance fit for this resolution. Some of the more resource intensive games may well need a few graphical tweak to get the most out of the graphics card at this increased resolution.

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? There is still 2 years of top end gaming left in this Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which is 31% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 866 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which meets 948 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 38% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
72 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition was released on 07 Nov 2014

Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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
2816
Driver Support
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Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
8192 MB
Memory Speed
1375 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
352GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
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
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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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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Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X 8GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
3%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 34%
Call of Duty Warzone 47% 3%
Minecraft: Dungeons 55% 3%
Grand Theft Auto VI 9% 49%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 40% 34%
Valorant 96% 90%
Maneater 66% 16%
Doom Eternal 1% 1%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 62% 6%
Phantasy Star Online 2 95% 86%
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