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Sapphire R9 390X & 390 Nitro Review - Page 4

Submitted by Robbie Pyckhout on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 09:35



Introduction, features & showcase
Testing Methods
1080P Graphics Performance
4K Graphics Performance
Power Consumption & Overclocking

4K (3840x2160 pixels) Graphics Performance

Special thanks to Samsung to support us of this 28inch UHD monitor which is also one of the 4K monitors that is a bang for the buck at the moment!

We'll comment on the benchmarks at the end of the page. 

Far Cry 3

At a 4K resolution and 8xMSAA enabled with all other values at the highest settings, this game is one of the heaviest benchmarks we run on our testbench.

Battlefield 4


Black Ops II

Again in this test we unfortunately didn't manage our full testing hardware range, but the Call of Duty series is again, like Saints Row, quite well built for those that don't live on the bleeding edge of technology.



A 4K resolution includes 4 times as many pixels as the FHD resolution from the previous page, which is a leap in graphics details, but also a huge breakdown in performance when it comes to frame rates. Both cards are capable to play a good amount of games on 4K, some of them on ultra detail, while some require a setback to high settings. Depending on the game, the R9 390X Nitro edition from SAPPHIRE leans towards GTX980 performance in 4K. The R9 390 isn't far behind and is very capable in playing 4K games when put in Crossfire. As new and more capable graphics cards are coming out these days, 4K gaming doesn't stay a privilege for die hard gamers and professionals and will be more affordable to gamers with a tighter budget. If you really want the best performance, we do recommend the new Pascal series, R9 295X2/Pro Duo, a SLI or CF setup (2x390/390X or 2xRX480) if money is not the problem. Two R9 280Xs were able to beat the single GTX980 in most situations. Microstutter has become a minor problem in 1080P, but we need to warn you that in 4K, microstutter still needs some tuning in most occasions. We don't want to scare you because most games didn't have any visible microstutter and most recent 4K monitors have FreeSync or G-Sync to handle these issues.

Most games were well playable at maximum settings, but games like Hitman and Far Cry 3 needed some tuning in the settings to make the game more playable. Turning off or lowering the multiplier from MSAA helped alot and we could play every game smoothly. Great performance for just a single card with 1 chip on it!

The higher factory overclocked GTX980 was a little faster than our R9 390(X) cards, but the difference is minimal. However, that card is a fair bit more expensive as well, AMD's offerings do have better value for the buck in terms of performance.



About the Author

Keeping up with new inventions and technological improvements is kinda my thing. Writing about technology is just a result of my fascination with it. I hope to provide readers with as much news as possible, everyday.
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