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Sapphire Tri-X R9 390X 8GB Graphics Card Review



/ 1 year ago

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Introduction


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Today is the day we get a taste of the new AMD R9 300 series graphics cards. The R9 300 range is the starting platform for what AMD will be supporting the Fury range due sometime in the near future. There have been some rumours surrounding the R9 300 range up to the 390X, that it will be a rebadged range; this is true. However, this has allowed AMD to fine tune the GPU and Sapphire to hand pick the best quality components to reap as much performance as possible.

Today we have the Sapphire Tri-x R9 390X 8GB. It comes from the factory as 100% DirectX12 compliant which is great for those looking at building a new computer in the new few weeks ready for Windows 10. Along with DX12, the R9 390X comes with Virtual Super Resolution, which renders up to 4K and downscales to your resolution; giving you the best visual quality without the need for an expensive monitor. We then see all of the usual features that Sapphire has bundled in with the graphics cards such as Free sync, Eyefinity and the amazing Tri-X cooler.

The R9 390X card is very similar when comparing the PCB to its older counterpart, however, small changes have been made and a new cooling shroud design has been used. Are these tweaks enough to set this graphics card apart from the R9 290X? Let’s find out.

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The box is a similar design to the previous R9 290x Tri-X box, just slightly moved around and more orange detailing. Contents include an HDMI cable, sticker and the relevant manuals.boxacc

Overall the card is much sleeker than the previous design, something that I like personally. I think more people would prefer to have this in their computer than the previous design.card

The PCB rear looks almost identical to that of the R9 290x. The cooling shroud just hangs over the end of the card showing the bare heat sink from below. Sadly Sapphire didn’t include a backplate with this card.

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A close up on the power connectors shows the card draws power from twin 8-pin PCI power cables.

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At the end of the card, we see a slightly revamped offering. Down to a single DVI port, a single HDMI and triple DisplayPorts. This allows Eyefinity through a DisplayPort MST hub.

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  • mascotzel

    How does this card have a great performance/price ratio if the price is unknown yet?
    Kudos for being the first tech site that reviewed the 300 series from AMD ( from what I see).

    • parasemic

      Because the price isn’t unknown.

  • I find it intriguing that this seems to be the only review showing any higher memory usage.

    I’m beginning to wonder if some 390/X are actually running the old Hawaii core while others are running the *very* slightly updated Grenada (which has 2~5% higher per cycle and about 20~40W lower power draw on the core – which is then used on the RAM and higher clock speeds.).

  • kuronox

    anything from Sapphire that is not OC AKA Black Screen version?

    • Ryuhoshi

      If you had black screen issue, you probably used ASUS motherboard. I had the same problem and it turned out it was the shitty’s Asus M5A78L-M fault. I had so many problem with this mobo it’s ridiculous. I’ll never take anything else from them.

  • FlX3R

    Did you guys honestly run one compute benchmark and declare Nvidia as the winners? WOW just WOW

  • Rinriku21

    When I saw this: GTX970 ROPs: 64 i stopped reading. Gj on your fail