Synthetic Benchmarks

Recently I have thinned out our synthetic benchmarks slightly, dropping the older 3dmarks to focus on the most recent version. This way we can focus on in game benchmarks more while still getting the level playing field that the synthetic benchmarks give us. They may not show what you should expect in game, but they are still a good way to compare from card to card. Not surprisingly, the Vapor-X 290 was up near the top of our charts. The other R9 290’s that I have tested in the past performed very well as well. The Vapor-X did pull slightly ahead in the standard Fire Strike benchmark while the Extreme version didn’t do as well in comparison to the other 290’s. Even so, they were ALL fast, getting very close to the GTX 780 Ti. In Heaven Benchmark 4.0 only the SLI’ed cards pulled a higher average FPS.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35010 13 Jun 2014 16:28
Happy Friday everyone! Today I take a look at the Vapor-X R9 290 from Sapphire. This is a monster video card. You may have seen Ed from Sapphire sporting it in his rig at a few events as well.
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Algin replied the topic: #35030 17 Jun 2014 00:40
Hello. First just wanted to say hi to all of you, as I'm newest member of this community :)
And now to the question - I'm currently in a market for 290, and I'm torn apart before few brands. I have narrowed my choice between the Sapphire and the MSI gaming.

As you have reviewed both of the cards, and from the charts it is shown that they both trade blows and achieve very similar FPS, which one would you recommend? Is the 5db noise difference really hearable? And how are the VRM temps on those cards? Are they kept in check like below 80C during gaming?

Price wise, in my country (Poland) the MSI gaming wins hands down - the version with 1007 MHz boost costs 1439pln - that's about $471 and is in line with other 290s, while Vapor-x is about 300 pln higher - that is about $100 more. Do you think, that this card is really worth it's premium tag, compared to Msi Gaming?
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35031 17 Jun 2014 04:00
for that big of a price difference I don't think it would be worth it. They are both great cards, given the same or similar prices I would go with the Vapor-X>MSI Gaming>Tri-X

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