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FarCry 4

The game follows Ajay Ghale, a young Kyrati-American of Nepali origin who returns to his native country of Kyrat (presently in Nepal) to spread his deceased mother’s ashes. Kyrat was an autonomous state in the Himalayas ruled by separate Kyrati Kings. Kyrat is derived from Kirati, a collection of Himalayan people originating from Tibet bordering the Himalayas. Ajay finds the country in a state of civil war between Kyrat’s Royal Army led by the country’s eccentric and tyrannical king Pagan Min and the Golden Path, a rebel movement fighting to free Kyrat from Min’s oppressive rule. The choices Ajay makes will determine the fate of Kyrat. This story has been inspired by the ten-year-long Maoist insurgency in Nepal.

FarCry 4

FarCry4_1080

FarCry 4 had a PC lead platform meaning it was designed for PC and even at 1080p it was rough on video cards, our Sapphire Nitro R9 390 pulled 65.2FPS and well into what you need for 3D gameplay. (You need 60 FPS for 3D gameplay, 30 FPS per Eye)

FarCry_1440

Going up one notch for 1440p the Sapphire Nitro R9 390 hits 32.4FPS and falls into the playable FPS range.

FarCry4_2160

We hit the 4K resolution and the Sapphire Nitro R9 390 hit 27.1FPS and if you toned down the Ultra settings just a hair it would allow you to play FarCry 4 at a mixture of Ultra and High settings with no problem.

FarCry 4 Settings

1080p1440p
  • Graphics Quality: Custom
  • Motion Blur : On
  • Textures: Ultra
  • VSync: Off
  • Shadow: Ultra
  • Post FX: Ultra
  • Geometry: Ultra
  • Vegetation: Ultra
  • Terrain: Ultra
  • Water: Ultra
  • Environment: Ultra
  • Ambient Occlusion: HBAO+
  • Anti-Aliasing Quality: MSAA-4X
  • Godrays: Volumetric fog
  • Fur : On
  • Trees relief : On
  • Graphics Quality: Custom
  • Motion Blur : On
  • Textures: Ultra
  • VSync: Off
  • Shadow: Ultra
  • Post FX: Ultra
  • Geometry: Ultra
  • Vegetation: Ultra
  • Terrain: Ultra
  • Water: Ultra
  • Environment: Ultra
  • Ambient Occlusion: HBAO+
  • Anti-Aliasing Quality: MSAA-4X
  • Godrays: Volumetric fog
  • Fur : On
  • Trees relief : On

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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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