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Sapphire R9 390 Nitro 8GB Review

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Polish: Wiedźmin 3: Dziki Gon) is an action role-playing video game set in an open world environment, developed by Polish video game developer CD Projekt RED. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt concludes the story of the witcher Geralt of Rivia, the series’ protagonist, whose story to date has been covered in the previous versions. Continuing from The Witcher 2, the ones who sought to use Geralt are now gone. Geralt seeks to move on with his own life, embarking on a new and personal mission whilst the world order itself is coming to a change.

Geralt’s new mission comes in dark times as the mysterious and otherworldly army known as the Wild Hunt invades the Northern Kingdoms, leaving only blood soaked earth and fiery ruin in its wake; and it seems the Witcher is the key to stopping their cataclysmic rampage. (Wikipedia).
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We test with the highest image quality settings, although I have disabled the Nvidia Hairworks option specifically as it does kill frame rate on many cards. Graphics Preset is on ULTRA and Postprocessing is on HIGH.
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I have played The Witcher 3 for around 85 hours and I have completed the single player campaign. I tested the game today by playing 4 different save game stages for 5 minutes each, then averaging the frame rate results for a real world indication of performance – one of the map sections we tested is one of the most demanding in the game and our results can be considered strictly ‘worst case’. The Witcher 3 is a dynamic world, so it is important to run tests multiple times to remove any discrepancies. Our results below are

This is one of the greatest PC games ever released in my opinion, so I spent around a total of 48 hours benchmarking it for this review alone – it should be on your must have list, if you don’t have it already.
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Our settings are very intensive – the R9 390 delivers reasonable frame rates – although for many, a couple of image quality settings would need to be dropped to improve minimum frame rates in the more intensive sections of the game. The out of the box speed is very closely matched against the Palit GTX970.


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  • James

    All these benchmarks for games.. can anyone anywhere on the web give me information on using one of these cards in pro applications like Adobe Premiere Pro? I’m wondering how well the 8gb VRAM will help when scrubbing through an effect filled timeline, or if CUDA is still the way to go? I hear lots of opinions, but no testing results. Unfortunately I can’t afford to buy a card from either side and work it out myself.

  • Allan

    email me at zardon(at)kitguru.net ill try and help James.

  • dmac

    i wouldn’t mind knowing as well, i’m having to put together a workstation focused system for the first time

  • Mads-Ejnar Kehlet

    When do GPU maker stop using “CTRL+C” “CTRL+V” and then rename?
    Not only AMD, Nvidia dose it also. but at lease the they go from 580 to 670.
    290x to 390x with 99% same card? then make something like 290x boost or anything else then 390x :/

  • James

    Thanks Allan, I have emailed you just now.

  • valgarlienheart .

    Damn, kinda wished I waited on that 970 I got, this non x version seems to be an excellent value card. Who cares if it’s a rebrand, it’s still relavent.

  • Nicholas Gagliardo

    Seriously though, what do you do with all those cards? ‘Cause the way I look at it, you could have a serious “make a college student’s day” type of deal here. After all, in Graduate school we suffer to do our part to contribute to society, a pat on the back in the process never hurt.

  • evolucion8

    Those chips arent the same thing. The GTX 670 is based on the GK104. You could say the same thing when nVidia moved from GTX 480 to GTX 580 which both were identical except some performance improvements and more shaders. Both are guilty of these practices and won’t go away any soon.

  • Si C

    I’d liked to have seen Fury X numbers in the graphs too…

  • Allan

    Yes, coming soon…… Bit of a backlog, sorry..

  • Si C

    Ahhh right, that’s great thanks 🙂

  • jai11

    Which card should i buy 39 or 970. I usually game at 1080p and use 550 watts PSU. Please advise anyone

  • jai11

    it would be great if 1080 P benchmarks were available

  • Patomomo

    550 is not enought for the 390 acording to shappire. The 970 is your card.

  • Icatian

    i just bought this card, but i’d really appreciate a compare between 390 nitro vs 970 g1, stock and oc.
    Can you help me?

  • RJ

    Ordered mine Yesterday, now I wait Oo

  • onla

    hey, is cx600m is enough for this card(sapphire r9 390)?

  • Aldrex Chama

    That psu isn’t very good.
    An xfx is much better.
    Anyway, 600W is plenty, unless you plan to OC and will use an OC’ed CPU.