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

Bioshock Infinite

Set in 1912, the game has protagonist, former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the floating air city of Columbia to find a young woman, Elizabeth, who has been held captive there for most of her life. Though Booker rescues Elizabeth, the two become involved with the city’s warring factions: the nativist and elite Founders that rule Columbia and strive to keep its privileges for White Americans, and the Vox Populi, underground rebels representing the underclass of the city. During this conflict, Booker learns that Elizabeth possesses strange powers to manipulate “Tears” in the space-time continuum that ravage Columbia, and soon discovers her to be central to the city’s dark secrets.

Bioshock

In our humble opinion the current state of gaming and GPU’s just aren’t ready for 2160p, televisions might be ready but GPU’s and 4K resolutions the industry hardware just isn’t up to the task. What’s sad is that monitor manufactures will push 2160p which has 4x the pixels of 1080p and in order for current GPU’s to handle that resolution game settings will have to be lowered in most cases. Since there are 2160p Monitors GPU developers will push the envelope to accommodate the massive amount of pixels and monstrously powerful GPUs with ungodly prices will spring up.

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At 1080P the Sapphire R9 390 ran 102.4FPS and Bioshock isn’t really hard for GPU’s to run but it scales well and shows the differences in FPS a little better than the GPU grinder games some of which are just bad console ports to the PC platform.

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At 1440P even the GTX 960 pack did well and the Sapphire Nitro R9 390 ran 93.7FPS slightly more than the R9 290A EDFD.

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BioShock is one of the few games you can run the 4K resolution with ultra Graphical settings and still get single GPU scores in the playable FPS range. The Sapphire Nitro R9 390 ran a 46.5FPS and falls into the rock solid steady FPS range the human eye needs for good quality video, we consider 30 FPS adequate for the human eye.

BioShock Settings

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  • DirectX 11
  • Ultra Quality
  • DODD Enabled
  • FXAA Enabled
  • DirectX 11
  • Ultra Quality
  • Dodd Enabled
  • FXAA Enabled

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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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