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Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8G DS Review, Playing With Nitro

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1AMD Eyefinty Technology
Run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays.
2GCN Architecture
A new design for AMD’s unified graphics processing and compute cores that allows them to achieve higher utilization for improved performance and efficiency.
3AMD App Acceleration
AMD App Accelerator creates a “co-processing” environment in which the compute processing potential in your AMD Radeon™ Graphics processor works together with the system central processor, to accelerate enabled applications.
4AMD HD3D Technology
Supports the latest stereoscopic 3D content and display technologies Play 3D games, watch Blu-ray 3D videos, and edit 3D photos on your 3D Monitors, TV, or projector.
5AMD CrossFire™ Technology
Multi-GPU support offers superior scalability Increase our gaming performance up to 2x with AMD CrossFire™ technology, 2.75x for TriFire configurations, or 3.75x with QuadFire configs.
6Microsoft DirextX® 12
Get intense gaming performance and unrivaled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery.
7Enhanced Anisotropic Filtering
Improved anisotropic filtering algorithm eliminates distracting artifacts and produces reference-level image quality.
8Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™
Support of content protected, high bandwidth, 7.1 channels of surround sound over HDMDI and DisplayPort.
9AMD HD Media Accelerator
Assumes rendering responsibility for HD encode (VCE)/decode (MPEG-4 ASP, H.264. MVC, MPEG2, etc.) and conclusively enable superior video playback quality with advanced hardware post-processing algorithms.
10AMD PowerPlay™ Technology
AMD PowerPlay™ Technology dynamically adjusts clockspeeds in response to GPU load, saving power for just when you need it.
11AMD PowerTune Technology
Maximizes performance under load conditions by dynamically increasing the GPU engine clock to take advantage of unused TDP headroom. Also allows users to configure their own TDP limit, within a provided range, for even higher performance or more power efficiency.
12PCI Express 3.0
Delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe Gen 2 for faster GPU.
13Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
GDDR5 memory provides the highest available memory bandwidth of any memory technology today, enabling higher GPU performance.
14PCS-Professional Cooling SystemThe unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.
15Gold PowerKIT
The Solidly-built Components enhance the stability, performance, efficiency and quality.
16HDMI
Integrated high speed HDMI output with 1080p 120Hz 3D Stereoscopic support, and 4K resolution display support.
17Enhanced Internet Applications
Accelerate rendering performance with the latest web browsers and programming interfaces.
18Microsoft Windows® 7 Support
Comprehensive OS support including Windows XP, Windows Vista, the very latest Windows® 7 functionality and Driver support.
18Microsoft Windows® 8.1 Support
Comprehensive OS support including Windows XP, Windows Vista, the very latest Windows® 8.1 functionality and Driver support.

 

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11 comments

  1. Thanks for the review but what is up with 3 flavors of 960 but not a single 970 to compare it with? The 970 is what it is priced against, not the 960 or the 980. Just seems a little odd to me.

  2. Did you have to adjust the voltage to maintain that overclock?

    • Yes to maintain the 1175MHz OC the voltage had to be increased to almost the max. That’s a top end OC pushing the GPU to the limit and we wouldn’t recommend that for a 24/7 OC. Back that down a bit until voltages start to drop then hold there.

      • Just an update, .. I just picked up the new Sapphire Nitro r9 390 w/ backplate – and have got a stable 1100 / 1625 with no voltage increase. The fans are dead quite, and temps remain low – impressive!

  3. So I just got an the MSI r9 390 and have noticed that Battlefield 4 crashes on Ultra settings (1920×1200). Looked it up and it’s a problem with anti aliasing being turned on. Turned it off and it runs fine. That being said, I don’t want to turn it off. Would anyone here know if this could be a problem with the voltage and if I need to change that?

    • Update your sound, Video and chipset drivers by downloading them from the vendors website and make sure you have all the latest drivers. The Sapphire R9 390 8G played Battlefield at both 1920 x 1080 and 1920 x 1200 and didn’t crash. As far as it goes we can’t provide support on the MSI card or any other card for that matter. Support for your problem should be addressed to MSI and their support team who have their own support team. Usually it’s a old driver issue on one of your motherboard components or a compromised game file. So update all drivers and reinstall the game short of that get with MSI support.

      • Thanks for the response! I’ll try that out. For what it’s worth, I made a post on the amd forum and haven’t gotten a response, but I’ll try with MSI, too.

  4. Are you really not going to answer the “why no 970” question? I’d like to know too…

    • Perhaps if you formed a complete thought and organized a complete “Why no 970” question we could answer it. If it’s a why is there no 970 on the charts in a particular review then chances are a different reviewer got it. If it’s a why no 970 purchase choice, sure spend 50 – 70 bucks more and get one if you like they are a good card. If it’s a why do you prefer AMD we don’t we love video cards in general. It’s a simple fact that a video card takes a week or two to review correctly, as does a motherboard so not every component can be covered.

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