Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC Review (1600p, Ultra HD 4K)

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In November AMD released their reference R9 290 and while we were impressed with the frame rate performance we certainly didn’t find it fun dealing with the noisy, ill performing reference cooler. It has been some time coming, but today we look at the first custom cooled, overclocked card from partner Sapphire. It features their tasty Tri X cooler.

Is this the card you need in your new system build as we head into 2014?

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The Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC Edition features a custom 3 fan cooler, versions of which have appeared on other Sapphire cards we have reviewed recently, such as the award winning R9 280X Toxic Edition.

Sapphire have overclocked their R9 290 Tri-X from reference speeds of 947mhz to 1GHZ and the GDDR5 memory has also received a speed boost, from 1,250mhz to 1,300mhz. This should translate into a healthy performance boost when compared against the AMD board.

Let’s take a closer look at the card first before putting it through our tests.

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Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC Review (1600p, Ultra HD 4K), 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • Phantasm
    December 19, 2013
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    Of course the first AIB custom cooler WOULD be on a 290 non-x…my patience runs ever thinner.

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  • Anusha
    December 19, 2013
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    Happy about the thermals. Not happy about the OC potential though. I though it could hit 1.2GHz.

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  • Djxinator
    December 19, 2013
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    No voltage tweaking? Cmon Kitguru, we wanna see more speed!

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  • Ultramar
    December 19, 2013
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    Did you increase voltage with that overclock?

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  • Zardon
    December 19, 2013
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    Once we took the power limit to +40% (as shown in the screenshot) we didn’t find any improvements above this point. Not with this sample anyway. It can vary from card to card.

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  • Sapphire – Radeon R9 290x et Radeon R9 290 Tri-X Edition | Monhardware.fr
    December 19, 2013
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    [...] sans grande difficulté. Vous pouvez consulter le plan du PCB suivant qui est une gracieuseté de KitGuru qui ont également obtenu un examen complet de ​​la carte. Plus d’informations sur les [...]

  • davis
    December 19, 2013
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    So the difference between the reference and the 100£ more toxic version is 1fps in games ? legit.

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  • saltarin
    December 21, 2013
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    what power suply that graphic card need? (sorry for my bad englando)

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  • Sapphire Unleashes The Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 Tri-X Edition Graphics Cards
    December 22, 2013
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    [...] board which overclocks like a dream. You can check out the following PCB shot which is courtesy of KitGuru who have also got a full review on the card. More on the cards in the following press [...]

  • Tim
    December 28, 2013
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    The problem with the AMD cards is that they are being used for mining. Which has made the cards hard to find, and any that are for sale are at some insane jackrd up price well over the retail price. This is going to hurt AMD in the long run, as people will justto nvidia for those very reasons. AMD needs to block the mining ability, if they want to survive as a gaming card.

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  • smoke
    December 29, 2013
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    For reviewer:
    Please, can you post a maximum VRM1 and VRM2 temperature in load from GPU-Z?
    Thanks.

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  • hd3d
    January 21, 2014
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-heZ7rzvpE – Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X unboxing and preview

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  • Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X Review at KitGuru
    February 18, 2014
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    [...] seems to be the first available non-reference review for the non-X 290. http://www.kitguru.net/components/gr…p-ultra-hd-4k/ Reply With [...]

  • Custom R9 290/290X Reviews/Availability/Listings thread
    February 18, 2014
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    [...] Sapphire http://www.legitreviews.com/asus-r9-…reviews_132158 290 Sapphire: http://www.kitguru.net/components/gr…p-ultra-hd-4k/ http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphi…-r9-290-tri-x/ [...]

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