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    Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Bringing the best out of AMD's new 300-series range.
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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    tl;dr: "it's another overclocked 7970, and it likes amps, but performs okay"

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    hay maybe Nvidia will lower the 980 price considering they trade blows at 4k

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Quote Originally Posted by silenthill View Post
    hay maybe Nvidia will lower the 980 price considering they trade blows at 4k
    Thats what I was thinking. It holds up pretty well.

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Can't see how these can be described as running cool and relatively quiet. 980 is significantly less power hungry, runs cooler and quieter.

    You can pick up tri-fan GTX 980s for £357 delivered so these cards need to drop further in price.

    Edit: Silly me. Ryan M has pointed out the temps and noise are lower. Read the wrong card in comparison with the 980.
    Last edited by iranu; 24-06-2015 at 12:45 AM.
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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Quote Originally Posted by iranu View Post
    Can't see how these can be described as running cool and relatively quiet.
    because it runs cool (refer to the temperature graph) and it runs quiet (refer to the noise graph)

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    It still has to shift more heat than the 980, so isn't quite as quiet (and that's comparing an aftermarket cooler with the stock nvidia blower cooler), but the price difference is pretty huge considering the only improvement compared to the 980 is 3db under load and a few pence off your electricity bill. I also suspect it'll hold up better at 4k in crossfire than two 980's in SLI, given the wider memory bus and more vram

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Rome TW2 on extreme graphics at 4k is a beast of benchmark(!) You might need a little fury to tame that beast!

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    Meeeeeeehhhhhhhh................................... to the 3XXX cards. I predict big price cuts on these by the end of summer..

    Bring on the Fury's!

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    While I can understand the reasoning here, comparing only to the stock coolers is actually a bit misleading. The stock coolers are fairly good as is, but I suspect just how hot and loud this thing runs would be much more evident when compared to one of the other manufacturer's cards. That said, Sapphire do seem to have tamed the beast a bit with those temperatures, even if it is the same beast thats been tamed for years already just with a new, spikier collar.

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Previous Tri-X models have featured a heavyweight backplate that acts as a heatsink and a means by which to make the card more rigid.
    Only the Vapor-X and Toxic cards had backplates, the Tri-X cards didn't have backplates as far as I remember

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    Quote Originally Posted by iranu View Post
    You can pick up tri-fan GTX 980s for £357 delivered so these cards need to drop further in price.
    I can't see any that are below £366 excluding delivery (Windforce, from Aria. Cheapest according to PC Part Picker)
    Last edited by CustardInc; 23-06-2015 at 11:28 PM.

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Quote Originally Posted by RyanM View Post
    because it runs cool (refer to the temperature graph) and it runs quiet (refer to the noise graph)
    My sincerest apologies. I've mistaken the reading of the 290X for the 390X (in comparison with the 980). I'll put an edit in the original.
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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Quote Originally Posted by CustardInc View Post
    I can't see any that are below £366 excluding delivery (Windforce, from Aria. Cheapest according to PC Part Picker)
    Ebuyer have a Gigabyte one at that price.
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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Interesting, but why do they quote only reference 290/X which you can't even buy anymore? My Sapphire R9 290 Tri X OC gets 10500 in firestrke when OCd to 1100/1400 and barely gets up to 75c with 45% fan and I'm in the high desert! It plays just about all my games at 1440p max settings with up to 8x MSAA where available. Alien Isolation I can easily hit over 120fps at max settings.

    A 390/X is a sensible purchase if you're still running older 7xxx series and it also competes well with GTX 980ti and Titan. The architecture has proven very competitive and very capable in just about any game out there right now so I see AMDs reasoning for rebranding, plus you get 8GB of memory now. That's great! Still, Fury seems very interesting...might be going for one during the holidays.

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    The new numbers were run to incorporate two extra games - GTA V and The Witcher 3 - while also testing on, at the time, the latest drivers for both companies. The reason for doing so was to have the best possible comparisons for the upcoming Fury X card, comparing reference to reference.

    It made sense to fit a new GPU, 390X, into these graphs as Sapphire has the smallest of core overclocks. I appreciate that the temperature, power and noise numbers give the aftermarket Tri-X an advantage, but if a card's quiet it's quiet, and we're evaluating whether the board lives up to Sapphire's billing.

    It's a good card that would definitely benefit from a higher core clock and a touch extra bandwidth.

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    Re: Sapphire Radeon R9 390X Tri-X

    Look at the size of that thing!

    Good review. We've seen really quite incredible progress from both sides given the node restrictions they're under - to think GCN still at 28nm would be beating the likes of the big kelpler (780ti) is impressive.

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