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8GB Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X Variant Priced in Europe

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  1. btarunr

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    The 8 GB variant of Sapphire's Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X graphics card, which made headlines last month, reached European shores, with leading retailers taking orders. Designed for those attempting dual- or triple-display setups using Ultra HD monitors, the card features 8 GB of memory across the GPU's 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, double that of the standard memory amount. It also features a factory overclock, of 1060 MHz core, and 5.60 GHz memory. The card looks otherwise identical to Sapphire's R9 290X Vapor-X series graphics cards. For those on the Isles, the card is stocked up at OCUK for £599.99 (incl. VAT), and for those on the old continent, Caseking.de has it priced at 729.90€ (incl. taxes).

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    Not enough graphics horsepower to fully utilize that kind of vram buffer, even with crossfireX.
    More than two cards gets messy with drivers so whatever, pointless SKU in my opinion.

    Also the only game that could benefit from this could be Skyrim but it runs crappy on ATI hardware, atleast for me.
     
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    I know a guy hunting for this card, actually 4 of it. His setup of 3x4K needs more than 4 GB for sure.
     
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    Tell him good luck with driver scaling.
     
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    Works perfectly fine on HD7950. I highly doubt it wouldn't run well on R9-290X...
     
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    Sorry I should've mentioned 4K, precisely in CFX configuration. They still haven't fixed DX9 titles frametimes.
     
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    It will also need more than just 4 290X's. The scaling is going to be a huge problem, and thus framerates are not going to be great... The computer world simply isn't ready for that kind of setup.

    Good luck to him.
     
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    3 is almost always better than 4... because of scaling...
     
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    Which model 4K monitors does your friend have and what is he currently driving them with?
     
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    Scaling is not exactly that bad on a 4k display with CFX
    http://www.digitalstormonline.com/u...sfire-amd-r9-295x2-benchmarks-at-4k-idnum228/

    Its not actually to bad on many games that have high demands like Crysis 3 and BF4. I have no clue how the 8gb ones on a 3x4k setup will be but at standard 4k its not to bad. I do not know if beyond 4gb will help in all honesty since it seemed the 290X was doing just fine on a 4k display, but maybe in 4k eyfinity it will be needed.
     
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    Check PCper's review with 295x2 CFX, only 3 games have shown little frame time variance, the others are just a stuttery mess.

    We are still not ready for more than 2 GPUs imo.
     
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    According to them, Metro and Bioshock were the two with some odd issues at Quad-setup while grid just didn't scale (But grid does not require much anyways so thats a meh). Other sites have pegged also that the game Far Cry 3 does not scale with Quad-Fire sadly even though its scaling runs in the upper 90% area for 2 GPU's. I run 3 290X's overclocked in my rig right now on 3 way eyefinity (not 4k eyefinity) which they do the job there but thats a significantly lower resolution that being talked here. It will be interesting to see if support on these games comes up later or not in the quad realm so who knows.
     
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    Have you tried playing Skyrim on your tri setup? I wonder how it fares in eyefinity too.

    I'm playing Skyrim heavily (always been a constant in my gaming sessions) and it is damn tough to push high res textures with 2xAA on 4K resolution.

    Makes me wanna pick up a third GPU but regular Titans have been discontinued :\
     
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    Personally im not a Skyrim person, I more prefer shooters 1st and third or the likes (Racing as well). As far as Skyrim is concerned I do have it and played it (0 mods I think, have not played in awhile) in 3 way eyefinity and it is playable at ultra for me with no real drops below 60 that I notice (I use Radeon Pro and Dynamic V-Sync to keep things smooth and stable). Not positive how many benefits the 3 cards are in it, I had 2 HD 6990's before and it could not keep it at 60 so im assuming the scaling on the 3-4 GPU for that game is not very good (Especially seeing others results).

    Also Ebay?
     
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    I tend not to trust Ebay unfortunately and used things in general, especially if I do not know the person who used them.

    I started playing the game on 6990s too, it wouldn't let me use more than 2 GPUs and the scaling was negatively affecting framerates.

    Thanks for your feedback though :)
     
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    You could also try on Amazon, I see they still at least have the SuperClocked EVGA Titan but its used as well :(. Odd I would have thought they were still able to be purchased since you can't SLI a Titan and Titan Black as far as I know.

    I bought both my HD 6990's as a pair from somone parting out a rig on ebay for 700 for the pair back in 2012. Liquid cooled than and overclocked for awhile did all I wanted until BF4 would not run at 60FPS ultra constant in eyefinity, so I said why not go ahead and grab Hawaii since I wanted to experiment with Mantle and true Audio.
     
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    I don't trust review sites that sell the things that they review.
     
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    I was honestly hoping for a 4GB 290x Vapor-X of this card. I guess I'll just stick with XFX BE.
     
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