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AMD Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB 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. All games with system requirements of DirectX 11 or lower are met by this card.

What FPS performance can the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition get on latest AAA 2020 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. This graphics hardware can run 385 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Grounded and saw it deliver reasonable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 153 FPS, Medium: 121 FPS, High: 81 FPS and Ultra: 58 FPS. We proceeded to look at Horizon: Zero Dawn to see how that compared and saw that it returned a reasonable 48 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Grounded and saw it deliver playable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 117 FPS, Medium: 92 FPS, High: 62 FPS and Ultra: 44 FPS. We then checked the performance on Horizon: Zero Dawn to see if that runs well. It was playable with a 37 FPS at Ultra 1440p. In summary we feel the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition running at 1440p is a reasonable choice for most modern games at 1440p, but you may encounter some need to adjust graphics settings down from Ultra to High in some cases to improve gaming stability.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 37% better and can run 853 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which is 47% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 945 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
67 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition was released on 29 Apr 2014

Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
190 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
69 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
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1410 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
361GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1080 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 Tri-X OC 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB 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 1080MHz, instead of 1000MHz.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1410MHz while the Frame Buffer remains the same.


Cooling Solution
Sapphire’s innovative Vapor-X cooling technology allows products to run not only cooler but also much quieter. A Vapor-X product means a virtually silent gaming experience and more headroom to explore performance tweaking!


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference Radeon R9 290X 4GB.


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Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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0%
Graphics Card
10%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 29% 43%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3% 3%
Marvel's Avengers 49% 4%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 15% 4%
Total War Saga: Troy 77% 45%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 52% 40%
Valorant 96% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 43%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 31% 87%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3% 55%
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