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SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 100362SR 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • Boost Clock 947MHz
  • 2 x DVI-D 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2560 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16

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R9 290X 4G D5



The SAPPHIRE R9 290X based on the latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture from AMD, the card is being heralded as the ultimate GPU for a new era in PC gaming. Also delivers breathtaking performance while pushing the boundaries of audio and visual realism for gamers who demand the best.

Introducing AMD LiquidVR

LiquidVR™ is an AMD initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by creating and maintaining what's known as "presence" — a state of immersive awareness where situations, objects, or characters within the virtual world seem "real." Guided by close collaboration with key technology partners in the ecosystem, LiquidVR™ uses AMD's GPU software and hardware sub-systems to tackle the common issues and pitfalls of achieving presence, such as reducing motion-to-photon latency to less than 10 milliseconds. This is a crucial step in addressing the common discomforts, such as motion sickness, that may occur when you turn your head in a virtual world and it takes even a few milliseconds too long for a new perspective to be shown.

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AMD Freesync technology

R9 290X 4G D5 No stuttering. No tearing. Just gaming.

AMD FreeSync™ technology allows a compatible graphics card and monitor to dynamically change frame rates for the optimum display quality without tearing.

Industry-Standard Displayport

Freesync uses industry-standard displayport Adaptive-Sync Eliminates screen tearing without all the usual lag and latency

  • Synchronizes the refresh rate of a compatible monitor to the frame rate of your content, however much it varies
  • Monitor partners are validating with drivers from AMD now

DirectX® 12

R9 290X 4G D5

DirectX® 12 is a new, "console-like" graphics API from Microsoft® that empowers game developers with more direct and obvious control of PC hardware. This direct or "explicit" control better exposes the hardware resources of AMD Radeon™ GPUs to yield higher hardware throughput and, ultimately, more performance for users. To put it simply: much more efficient hardware through smarter software! At the discretion of a game developer, this superior efficiency can be spent on higher framerates, lower latency (VR), lower power consumption, better image quality, or some calculated balance of all four. In any scenario, gamers stand to benefit greatly from choosing AMD hardware to run their favorite DirectX® 12 game.

AMD Eyefinity Technology

Multidisplay technology for gaming, productivity and entertainment

R9 290X 4G D5

We are taking you beyond the boundaries of traditional PC displays. AMD Eyefinity technology expands the traditional limits of desktop computing by multiplying your screen area. With multiple monitors, games become more immersive, workstations become more useful and you become more productive (an average of 42% more productive according to one study).

Take your PC games to the next level of reality and immersion. Most modern games look great on three screens, and only AMD Radeon™ graphics offer you the ability to play across five screens for an eye-popping gaming experience. Other combinations and configurations with up to six screens work too.1 Create your dream display.

AMD Crossfire™

R9 290X 4G D5 Harness the power of multiple GPUs

AMD CrossFire™ technology is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Unlocking game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire™ harnesses the power of two or more discrete graphics cards working in parallel to dramatically improve gaming performance.1 AMD CrossFire™ technology ready graphics cards fit practically every budget. With the flexibility to combine two, three or four GPUs, AMD CrossFire™ technology is the perfect solution for those who demand extreme performance.

Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3)

R9 290X 4G D5

Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p (and beyond !) display resolution. Enjoy a feature rich video experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3), offloading the bulk of the video decoding tasks from the CPU to the GPU allowing for a cooler, quieter and more balanced system.

AMD TrueAudio

Your games now sound as good as they look

The expectations of gamers have never been higher. Graphics quality and processing speed have advanced rapidly, and the games of today are light years ahead of those from just a few years ago. But advancements in game audio have been more sporadic and less widely adopted.

Sound is a critically important part of the immersive experience for gamers and sound engineers are eager to advance their art, but they haven't enjoyed the same kind of attention that continually drives graphics improvements. Until now.

What it means for gamers

By leveraging AMD TrueAudio technology, game developers now have the ability to recreate acoustic environments with incredible fidelity, and to bring them to every gamer. With AMD technology inside all the most popular "next-generation" gaming platforms, including the PC, gamers across the entire industry will finally enjoy the best audio today's technology can offer.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Glenn T.
  • 5/18/2016 7:45:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing deal for the price

Pros: Maxing most games at 1080p/ultra 4x and 8xMSAA depending on the game. Upgraded from a single HD7870, this card beats two of them in crossfire. My i3-4170 is the bottleneck now, but only on some games. Doubles as a space heater in the winter, took my low 50s gaming room to over 60f within an hour of intense gaming (see Cons/other thoughts)

Cons: Its crazy hot and loud. Do your research on the first gen/OEM heatsink 290's. Now that its warmer out, my small room gets HOT when gaming, this thing just DUMPS hot air out the back. The fan is annoyingly loud, but I knew that coming in, using OC'ing software to manually set my fan higher on idle, and have it max at 45% quickly to keep it cool (will hit 90c+ like that its job).

Other Thoughts: Got this beast during early Black Friday '15 deals, absolute steal. Still worth after rebate price as of review date, since the R9 390 is still a bump up, and most don't need 8GB yet at this now mid level GPU. Just remember to allow for noise/heat. I have since purchased an aftermarket HSF system, but have not installed yet.

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  • MICHAEL P.
  • 5/10/2016 4:34:46 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat when it was working

Pros: Crisp graphics, played everything I threw at it on ultra. ROTTR looked better than Xbox1! At least I got a year out of it.

Cons: Sadly, it took a dump while playing ROTTR...lasted about 45 minutes. Waiting on RMA replacement.

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  • Anders J.
  • 4/19/2016 5:50:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsA Hell-Disaster

Pros: For its fleeting longevity, the card actually offered exemplary performance. There were moments when more subdued effects and dialogue in films and games were obliterated with a fan that could've been mistaken for a 727's takeoff run, but that's probably to be expected from a fan-cooled GPU offering this performance, and shouldn't be rated against the design.

Cons: The card's longevity was, at best, marginal. With little more than probably an hour's use twice or thrice weekly, being the core of a recreational system with a career that offers little time for electronic recreation, the card failed in approximately three months, violently and without warning, the output melting down through the HDMI into an apocalyptic vision of twisting colors and a sound that could only be likened to a kitten being fed through a meat-grinder.

The card's cooling system is adequate, with a generous fan, but its exhaust is absolutely appalling. Only a single tiny slot affords outlet for its generated heat, which is not inconsiderable. The sound produced from this is also irritating, radically dwarfing the computer's 120mm circulatory fans'.

If it were only one failure, once, I could be more forgiving, but my customer service experience with Sapphire is what's demanded the Churchill hell-disaster title. Not only had their RMA service been unforgivably slow, only finally actually sending a confirmed RMA after a week, but the replacement card was quite possibly worse. Larger, ungainlier than even this monstrous slab, and surviving ONE sustained use for a two hour film- I would like to accentuate that again, ONE use for longer than a quick thirty-second system boot-, it's obvious that it wasn't one lemon but only the natural quality from a company that once had been reliable. Further correspondence with Sapphire requesting redress has been ignored.

Other Thoughts: Do not ever, under any circumstances, purchase from Sapphire Technologies, a firm that clearly has embraced Ford's philosophy when it produced the Pinto. Readers may regard this as hyperbole, but my experience has been an illustrative one. A company that treats its paying- and well-paying, as this is not an inexpensive investment- customers with such contempt can only warrant it in return.

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  • Guang L.
  • 2/26/2016 6:53:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood Product, Terrible Company

Pros: Relativity Powerful for the price.
4GB of VRAM

Cons: It's AMD's Blower Style
Sapphire has absolutely ZERO customer service when you need it.

Other Thoughts: Would recommend the Chip, just never to buy Sapphire. And recommend against a blower style.
Also This would be 3/4 Stars if it weren't for Sapphire's (and Althon Micro's) inept customer service that are having me call AMEX just to get a rebate sorted out (which is still ongoing). Its more of the amount of time that I have poured into this one rebate relative to all the other rebates that I have done before that pay out sifnaciantly faster and much less painlessly.
Never buying Sapphire ever again.

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  • Gift R.
  • 1/4/2016 12:50:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPowerful Card, but loud

Pros: I love this card. It runs new games in 2015 (such as Fallout 4 and Black Ops 3) at 1080p 60 FPS at Max settings. Runs things like TriDef 3D very well, I get 60 FPS on Skyrim while playing in 3D at ultra and with some extra mods. I'm confident it'll handle whatever I throw at it for quite a while.
I'm sure it will run many games faster than 60 fps, but I keep the frame limit locked with my 60 Hz monitor. Everything just looks amazing!

Cons: The card runs HOT. When playing games, it'll sit around 90 C. However, this is with the fan set to only 40%. AMD says that this is a perfectly safe temperature for the card, and I believe them - they know MUCH more about their products than we do. If you want it cooler and to have the fan run at more than 40%, go ahead, but it's loud. Like, LOUD. Hair dryer loud. With headphones on, it's no problem at all. I just keep the card running hot and trust AMD. It's quiet enough for me like that!

Other Thoughts: I would definitely buy this product again. High quality, comes packaged well, runs current and past games well (as of January 2016). I can't wait to use the Oculus Rift with this beast!

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  • Fulton A.
  • 1/3/2016 8:47:27 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGraphic Card Worth Spending On

Pros: Substantial quality gain in overall graphic quality. No more action delay and out of sync problems between audio and movement.

Cons: Only one cooling fan.
Requires a 750 watt power supply.

Other Thoughts: I added a couple of more fans to aid in cooling.

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  • Daniel L.
  • 1/1/2016 7:11:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery happy so far

Pros: Was worried about loud noise reviews, but its really not that bad at all, especially with headset/television on.

Performs like a beast.. 340 Frames per Second on ultra League of Legends, as well as maxing out or mostly maxing out new games like Fallout 4 while maintaining high frames per second.

Probably the most cost-efficient GPU on the market, rivaling the $300+ cards.

Cons: No issues at all my first month of owning it.

Other Thoughts: Paid $230 for this card 1 month ago and am very satisfied so far.

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  • Elisha A.
  • 12/24/2015 9:48:56 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTwo months in, no problems yet

Pros: -Works well, most of the games I play are able to run at maximum settings
-Build quality feels solid, packaging was great

Cons: -It is a pretty loud card, won't be buying a "blower" type card again
-Still have not received rebate from Sapphire

Other Thoughts: Overall I would recommend this card, it is a good bang-for-your-buck GPU; but if you have the money I would grab a newer card with a better cooling system to reduce on noise.

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  • richard c.
  • 12/22/2015 7:44:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGamers, Stay FAR FAR AWAY!

Pros: -Easy to Setup
-Configurable Options for fan speed/clocking through Radeon support settings
-Noise Cancellation from anyone or anything around you in 50 yards.

Cons: -THIS IS THE LOUDEST VIDEO CARD KNOWN TO MAN. to even maintain 65c it ran at 70% fan speed, this thing sounds like a Boeing 747 landing in your house. My mic at the lowest threshold settings would pick it up. My room is down a hall from the living room, and I would have to shut my door because I could hear it during quiet scenes of my movie.

-On my 33rd day of ownership, the card began to overheat. Drivers began to fail during performance of games like league of legends, path of exile, bioshock, R6 Siege, this thing would gaurantee fail in ~1 hour of boot up. You knew something was wrong when the Boeing 747 would instantly stop, that something was wrong. This is all without overclocking the card.

Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend if you get this as a gift item, to immediately return it or burn it. There is plenty of better options at this price point, that paying the extra 20-50 dollars is FAR Better for quality gaming. My brother bought an MSI card with the EXACT same specs as this one for 20 dollars more, and it has not a single issue with it. I can't even hear his laughter over the sound of this video card, so thats a big bonus. Stay far far away from this product, gamers.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/20/2015 7:03:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: -Very capable card for 1080p ultra, and 1440p meduim setting
-FANTASTIC overclocker
-Looks great... Fits any red themed PC

Cons: -A BIT loud
-Doing anything intensive for long periods heats up the room... Good for longer (3 or 4 hr) gaming sessions, or running at idle/web browsing a little
-Do NOT mine for cryptocurrencies without an open room with fans. My office went up by about 15 ish degrees when mining for 6 or 7 hrs

Other Thoughts: Many people believe that this card is too loud to even bear. At least with my experience, with crimson drivers and a small 7% overclock, it isnt too loud during intense gaming. With headphones and/or an immersive game, you won't notice it. The only time its 'too loud' is when its idle, and by that i mean id expect it to be quieter during idle.

Going back to overclocks, i have a 7% overclock now, but have gotten to 32% with just aircooling! Might be just my unit, but i was thrilled. Would not reccomend running anywhere near that for any length of time though.

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