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Sapphire R9 390X & 390 Nitro Review - Page 2

Submitted by Robbie Pyckhout on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 09:35


Testing Methods


Introduction, features & showcase
Testing Methods
1080P Graphics Performance
4K Graphics Performance
Power Consumption & Overclocking

For the process of these tests, we'll be running the testing environments at 1920x1080 and 4K (3840x2160)  at the maximum available graphical settings. A big thanks to Samsung that they submitted the UD590 for reviewing purposes.

For the comparison, we use cards from the same price range or a little higher from both AMD and Nvidia, to show how it compares. For these tests, the card will be benched at stock settings, but to give our readers an idea what this card can achieve if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty, we did some overclocking for some particular tests. More about that in the next pages.

Games and benchmarks that we used for this review:

  • 3DMark: FireStrike (3 Tests)
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Black Ops II
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Far Cry 3
  • Saints Row IV
  • Battlefield 4
  • Unigine Valley


Test System

Processor i7 4790 - review

G.Skill RipsjawX (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9

Motherboard MSI Z97 Gaming 5 - review
Power Supply Aerocool GT-1050SG
Graphics Card

MSI GTX 760 OC Twin Frozr Gaming - review

Club3D RoyalQueen R9 270X Dual-Fan - review

Club3D R9 280X RoyalQueen - review

Club3D R9 290X RoyalAce - review

MSI R9 280X Gaming OC - review

MSI R9 290X Gaming OC review

MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4GB - review

Sapphire R9 390X Nitro

Sapphire R9 390 Nitro

CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-D15


Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB

OS Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Monitor Samsung U28D590D
Driver Crimson Edition 16.3.2


Special thanks to:

MSI - for the support of the Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard which made this review possible!

Intel - for the support of the i7 4790

Aerocool - the GT-1050SG power supply to make crossfire configurations possible

Samsung - for the support of a 4k monitor to test our graphics cards on higher levels! 

SAPPHIRE - For the support of the R9 390(X) which we handle in this review

Noctua - For the CPU cooler


Samsung U28D590D

The most special new equipment we used in this review is the 4K monitor from Samsung which made it possible to run our graphics cards on higher pixel levels. For this reason we'd like to give this monitor a little discussion. At first, let's have a look at the monitor:

Gaming experience with this monitor is just so wonderful, the only disadvantage is the amount of power you'll need to drive the graphics!

Specifications of the monitor itself are great, a latency of 1ms, awesome brightness (370cd/m²) , 28 inch which is not too big and pretty power friendly for its size. It also has many features like split screen mode for 2 desktops in one monitor. UHD upscaling for videos/pictures, Gaming mode to improve gaming experience and more!

Samsung UD590 (U28D590D)

Also a very big thanks goes to MSI for the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard, a wonderful motherboard which joined our test bench permanently due to MSI's sponsorings!

This board serves us very well, it's gorgeous and performs like a charm. A review about the motherboard itself can be found HERE.


About the Author

Keeping up with new inventions and technological improvements is kinda my thing. Writing about technology is just a result of my fascination with it. I hope to provide readers with as much news as possible, everyday.
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