Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 Tri-X OC Video Card Review

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Crysis 3

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Like the others, it is a first-person shooter developed by Crytek, using their CryEngine 3.  Released in February 2013, it is well known to make even powerful system choke.  It has probably the highest graphics requirements of any game available today.  Unfortunately, Crytek didn’t include a standardized benchmark with Crysis 3.  While the enemies will move about on their own, we will attempt to keep the same testing process for each test.

 Gigabyte HD7870 Crysis 3 Graphics

Crysis is well know for being highly graphic intensive, previously it was run at Medium settings to make it playable on lower end cards as they have problems running at maximum settings.  

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 Crysis 3 1080p

Crysis 3 has finally broken the 50FPS mark at Medium settings with the Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290.  Receiving an average FPS of 55.4, it is evident that we can increase the graphics quality with the Sapphire card.

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 Crysis 3 Eyefinity

For the Eyefinity test, we went ahead and increased the graphics quality to Very High to see how it would do.  At 5760×1080, the Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 got an average FPS of 15.167 which is really too low to play regularly, but it sure did make Crysis 3 great to look at.

Benchmark Results:  At Medium settings, Crysis 3 was very playable with 55.4FPS when run at 1080p.  In the Eyefinity configuration of 5760×1080 we increased the graphics quality to Very High, which dropped the FPS to 15.167 and proved to be too much for the Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290; which really isn’t a huge surprise.

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  • iknowthetruth

    I ran a the full test on Cloud Gate (max settings) 1080p and wtf I have a Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC and everything was running fine till it hit the last test which is the physics test and it got AVG 18.08 fps and 28.6fps high

    Everything else did awesome graphics score is 19845, Graphics Score 68409, Physics Score 5695 (WTF), Graphics test 1 290.72, Graphics test 2 304.46. Either the card has crappy physics handling or the demo is poorly optimized.

    The temp never went past 64c which is really good imho.

    • Matti Alexander Christensen

      your physics is handled by the cpu then.

      • Andrew

        How do I handle it with the GPU then if it’s just CPU?

  • wezlypipz

    This is just a really bad review.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      why ids that?

      • Andrew

        is*

  • MEHMET DUYAR

    this is a monster. G-Force was overtaking.

  • taco

    People considering the 290 would also be looking at its direct competitior, the 780. Astonishing that card was not included in the review. Agree with previous poster, FAIL.

  • DJEleven

    It’s cheaper to go with a custom water loop

  • Kushan Dodanwala

    FAIL!

    If you are doing a review of a custom cooling solution, you should be comparing it to the reference + other custom cooling solutions. Not to a bunch of cards that wouldn’t even be on the radar of a potential buyer.

    Absolutely useless review.

    • koyomi k

      agreed. wow, 7950 all the way to a friggin 560ti? wow.

      • Nathan Kirsch

        It’s what the review had available to him to test against. We’ve reviewed many Hawaii based cards here on Legit Reviews, so if you want to see how a 290 compares to just super high-end current cards take a look at one of those – http://www.legitreviews.com/sapphire-r9-290x-vaporx-oc-4gb-video-card-review_142216

        • Matti Alexander Christensen

          sorry for bursting your bubble, but the temp and noise parts of a review are only usable if: they’re done in the same test system, in the same location, in the same ambient temperature, under the same ventilation conditions, and are of comparable cards.
          if you have comparable cards tested under the same conditions, and they just arent in this review, then you’re slacking, if you have comparable cards tested under different conditions, then they arent usable in relation to this review.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          Which is why we test everything in the same system, with the same ambient temperatures and in the exact room and spot that all the cards have been tested.

        • Matti Alexander Christensen

          well then, all your results from comparable cards could be added to the comparison chart.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Not all of our reviewers have a ton of video cards to test from. We were just trying to spread out the love and give some of those that do reviews a chance to try out some video cards. People assume we get to keep all the cards we review, but we don’t. Sapphire does loaner cards, so this was tested for a couple weeks and sent on to the next site. That causes an issue as we can’t re-test the card in the future and build up a stockpile of cards to test from.

      • Matti Alexander Christensen

        but you could test in identical cases, with identical cooling, in a room with doors and windows closed, at the same temperatures.
        even without aircon, all it requires is the cheapest non restrictive case on the market, a few cheap fans, and a thermometer. even if the reviewer doesnt have aircon he can wait till mid day when it heats up, or nighttime when it cools down. that way the results of all your video card tests could be transferable between reviewers.

  • cvr

    Idle temperatures 45/51°C seem very high compared to the other 290 Vapor-X tests I’ve read (31/36°C). Also this test environment is a bit strange. Who would play in a room at 17°C?

    Apart from that, very nice card. I ll wait for a small price drop before I get one though.

  • sog

    Nice card and nice overclock well done. Thinking of getting a r9 290 there’s some good deals floating around. Now that the mining thing has fallen off.

  • Ponypony

    Thanks for the great review, and for putting it against older cards, like the 7870 (my card).