Nitro Sapphire R9 390X – Review of one of the Best Graphics Cards for Quality to Price Ratio
The package, made of excellent quality cardboard, with detailed graphics and a plastic window on the front, hiding inside the video card, an HDMI cable, a CD with drivers, manuals, and various Sapphire stickers. The products comes packaged generously, keeping the product away from any possible crushing and impact shocks that can result from shipping.
The line Nitro R9 390 Sapphire is minimal and comes in a single color: black, with matte finish. The card measures 308 X 127 X 42.3 mm, certainly not compact, but this, after all, is not a typical problem for regular use of this card. The design used by Sapphire for the Nitro R9 390X is a reference type that implements the new version of the well-known Tri-X cooling system, characterized by three fans den, now built with the technical appreciated dual ball bearing, and a heat pipe 10 mm.
All this ensures a good cooling, and it ensures the card will come out with factory OC. Good cooling for the new Nitro R9 390X does not mean useless noise, in fact the card bears the IFC-II (Intelligent Fan Control) function that reduces all the noise generated by the fan, and you can switch them off when their work is not necessary to your system.
The heart of the video card is the new button Grenada chip, an improved and more efficient version of the Hawaii GPU, which still retains all the bases. of stream processors 2560, a 1010 MHz clock speed, GPU at 28nm, 8GB GDDR5 memory with 6000 MHz frequency, 512-bit memory bus: these are the main features of the new Nitro R9 390X Sapphire, allowing a bandwidh maximum of 384 GB / s.
Among the best known features, such as AMD CrossFireX, Eyefinity and TrueAudio, it hides full support to FreeSync that have compatible monitor offers dynamic refresh rate, eliminating the tearing effect of images and stuttering. The news does not end there, we also implement AMD Liquid VR, a SDK dedicated to virtual reality that provides access to a series of solutions aimed at addressing problems such as latency and compatibility with various devices (3D vision).
The allocation of ports including one HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 as many as 3 full-frame, a Dual-Link DVI-D and, of course, there are two PCI-E 8-pin connector for power supply.
As a test platform has been used a high-end desktop with an Intel Core I7-4790T processor, mounted on a motherboard MSI Z97A, on which we installed two RAM modules Transcend 8GB DDR3 2133 MHz (CL9) and OCZ Vector SSD 180 240GB. The hardware is powered by a 1500 watt PSU Corsair AX1500I, assembled in a case Cosmos SE of Cooler Master and governed by the operating Windows 7 Professional 64-bit system.
I ran benchmarks which were made with specific programs and some games we have chosen; most of the test was performed in 4K (3840 x 2160); However, we also expected benchmark in Full-HD (1920 X 1080). The monitor is a Samsung U28D590D and was connected to our PC via DisplayPort.
* TEST MADE IN 4K (3840 x 2160).
As regards the temperatures at vacuum load – it was recorded an average between 33 and 37 ° C, while under stress we were not within the limit of 78 ° C. To note that the room in which is placed the computer is equipped with air conditioning and the temperature is around 25 ° C.
Doing a complete analysis of the benchmarks – we could not help but be pleased with the product, which, according to AMD tradition provides a good balance between performance and price. Nitro R9 390X is a viable solution for the games, especially in 4K; difficult to take full advantage in other ways of the potential offered by this card.
PRICE AND OUTPUT DATA
The product is already available on the market and is found primarily on Amazon, although we can not exclude the possible availability in computer hardware stores. The price on Amazon is $310.
Nitro R9 390X, thanks to much VRAM, is an excellent solution for gaming in 4K. If the R9 290x Card Tri-X OC 8GB which we tested, was in itself an alternative to Nvidia’s GTX 780, the new 390 series puts the user in a hard position on choosing the best card. By purchasing this card you will get a product with good performance and with a quality / truly a good price. Compared to the past – this will finally see the optimization given by the new Catalyst drivers 15.15 which has several advantages compared to the 290 series.
THE PROS AND CONS
- Intelligent Fan Control
- Value for money
- Dissipation System Tri-X with dual ball bearing
- No cons to report