Radeon R9 390x which is a successor to the Radeon R9 290X 's debut, but among all the graphics cards AMD probably raise the most controversy. The manufacturer has appointed him for a very demanding task to compete with the GeForce GTX 980 , which only maximum overclocked Radeon R9 290Xcould catch up, assuming that the model NVIDIA still working on standard settings. Since the Radeon 300 series completely new graphics chip is not received, in addition to structural improvements needed it was a strong increase clock speeds to compensate for the difference relative to the adversary. Is Radeon R9 390x fulfilled the expectations reposed in him? That you will be reviewing the performance charts, but opinions are likely to be extremely divided ... especially in the context of the suggested retail price.
SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon™ R9 390X 8G D5
The SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 390X features the latest version of our award winning Tri-X cooler now with dual ball bearings in each of the three fans for higher reliability and enhanced Intelligent Fan Control (IFC-II) which turns off the fans for silent operation under light load. Its industry leading 10mm heatpipe and diecast heatsink design keeps the card running cool even under the most demanding applications, and the use of long life capacitors and SAPPHIRE Black Diamond chokes contribute to consistent performance and high reliability. Based on the latest GCN architecture from AMD, the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 390X supports DirectX 12, TrueAudio, AMD FreeSync, LiquidVR and Ultra HD. With an 8GB frame buffer and a SAPPHIRE Performance Index of 4 it is guaranteed to breeze through games at 1080p on maximum settings and deliver a great gaming experience at 1440 and beyond.
Dual ball bearings on the fan spindles ensure smooth running and long life and are designed to keep out dust. A quiet cooling solution, Two ball-bearing fan features a high-efficiency blade design.
10mm heat pipe
10mm diameter copper heat pipe has 53% better efficiency at dissipating heat than 8mm heat-pipe. Single 10Ø heat pipe is capable to handle 90W thermal dissipating. (8Ø is designed for TDP 65W). With 1x 10mm, 2 x 8mm and 2x 6mm heat pipe, the module is designed to handle over 300W GPU Power.
Component Heat Spreader
A long the edge of the card, the PCB is extended out with copper foil exposed to air. An additional heat-sink mounted directly to this copper layer allows heat absorbing into the PCB from the GPU and other components, and transferred to the heat-sink and cooled by the airflow. Basically, Heat Spreader is able to reduce core temperature by 2 degree C.
16K Hours Capacitor
High quality aluminum-made long life capacitor lengthens the life time of the product. Improved reliability and better overclocking are possible by using only high-polymer, aluminum capacitors which possess far superior characteristics than regular aluminum capacitor for a longer product life. When operational temperatures drop by 20°C, the product life span is extended by a factor of ten, when the operational temperature increases by 20°C, the product life span only decreases by 10%.
This product supports both Legacy and UEFI BIOS. By factory default, the card itself is under Legacy mode. By pressing the button with SAPPHIRE logo, UEFI mode will be easily enabled.
Secure bootSapphire product with “Dual Firmware Support” function equips the UEFI firmware that is digitally signed and approved by Microsoft for Secure Boot. With Windows8’s secured boot architecture and its establishment of a root of trust, the customer is protected from malicious code executing in the boot path by ensuring that only signed, certified “known good” code and boot loaders can execute before the opening system itself loads.
Faster boot and resume timesWhen compare to the legacy BIOS, system with UEFI has a much faster boot and resume time to the OS.
Intelligent Fan Control II
Intelligent fan control allows one or more fans to be stopped for lower noise when the card is under light load and automaticaly restarted when the card temperature rises
DirectX® 12 is a new, “console-like” graphics API from Microsoft® that empowers game developers with more direct and obvious control of PC hardware. This direct or “explicit” control better exposes the hardware resources of AMD Radeon™ GPUs to yield higher hardware throughput and, ultimately, more performance for users. To put it simply: much more efficient hardware through smarter software! At the discretion of a game developer, this superior efficiency can be spent on higher framerates, lower latency (VR), lower power consumption, better image quality, or some calculated balance of all four. In any scenario, gamers stand to benefit greatly from choosing AMD hardware to run their favorite DirectX® 12 game.
AMD Freesync technology
No stuttering. No tearing. Just gaming.
AMD FreeSync™ technology allows a compatible graphics card and monitor to dynamically change frame rates for the optimum display quality without tearing or stuay.
Freesync uses industry-standard displayport Adaptive-Sync Eliminates screen tearing without all the usual lag and latency
- Synchronizes the refresh rate of a compatible monitor to the frame rate of your content, however much it varies
- Monitor partners are validating with drivers from AMD now
AMD Eyefinity Technology
Multidisplay technology for gaming, productivity and entertainment
We are taking you beyond the boundaries of traditional PC displays. AMD Eyefinity technology expands the traditional limits of desktop computing by multiplying your screen area. With multiple monitors, games become more immersive, workstations become more useful and you become more productive (an average of 42% more productive according to one study).
Take your PC games to the next level of reality and immersion. Most modern games look great on three screens, and only AMD Radeon™ graphics offer you the ability to play across five screens for an eye-popping gaming experience. Other combinations and configurations with up to six screens work too.1 Create your dream display.
Harness the power of multiple GPUs
AMD CrossFire™ technology is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Unlocking game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire™ harnesses the power of two or more discrete graphics cards working in parallel to dramatically improve gaming performance.1 AMD CrossFire™ technology ready graphics cards fit practically every budget. With the flexibility to combine two, three or four GPUs, AMD CrossFire™ technology is the perfect solution for those who demand extreme performance.
Introducing AMD LiquidVR
LiquidVR™ is an AMD initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by creating and maintaining what’s known as “presence” — a state of immersive awareness where situations, objects, or characters within the virtual world seem “real.” Guided by close collaboration with key technology partners in the ecosystem, LiquidVR™ uses AMD’s GPU software and hardware sub-systems to tackle the common issues and pitfalls of achieving presence, such as reducing motion-to-photon latency to less than 10 milliseconds. This is a crucial step in addressing the common discomforts, such as motion sickness, that may occur when you turn your head in a virtual world and it takes even a few milliseconds too long for a new perspective to be shown.
Your games now sound as good as they look
The expectations of gamers have never been higher. Graphics quality and processing speed have advanced rapidly, and the games of today are light years ahead of those from just a few years ago. But advancements in game audio have been more sporadic and less widely adopted.
Sound is a critically important part of the immersive experience for gamers and sound engineers are eager to advance their art, but they haven’t enjoyed the same kind of attention that continually drives graphics improvements. Until now.
What it means for gamers
By leveraging AMD TrueAudio technology, game developers now have the ability to recreate acoustic environments with incredible fidelity, and to bring them to every gamer. With AMD technology inside all the most popular “next-generation” gaming platforms, including the PC, gamers across the entire industry will finally enjoy the best audio today’s technology can offer.
This is a ringing endorsement of Sapphire’s heatsink engineering if there ever was one. Temperatures remained tightly controlled throughout our test, never reaching over 72°C. Compare and contrast that to the reference R9 290X and the difference is like night and day.
From a performance standpoint, at stock speeds, the 390X may be slightly better than the GTX 980 for 4K gaming, depending on the games you run, and it costs less as a bonus
Sapphire has outfitted the card with their Tri-X cooling that features their Intelligent Fan Control II which won’t run the fans unless the GPU reaches a specific temperature threshold. This keeps noise down and saves energy. The Tri-X cooling solution is no slouch either, I was quite impressed with its cooling power. The cooler has also been redesigned with a more modern look, which I know many people will appreciate.
18th June 2015 - Today SAPPHIRE Technology introduces the new Radeon™ R300 series.
Building on the success of the previous generation, the new series features the latest Graphics Core Next architectures from AMD, paired with larger frame buffers and the evolution of our award winning cooler solutions to deliver the very best performance ratings and support for the latest technologies including DirectX 12, AMD FreeSync, TrueAudio, Liquid VR, VSR scaling and support for Ultra HD. This new generation includes models with our industry acclaimed Tri-X and Dual-X cooling technologies and will be available from 18th June 2015.