Radeon R9 290X Review: AMD's Back In Ultra-High-End Gaming

After eight months of watching Nvidia go uncontested in the ultra-high-end graphics market, AMD has a new GPU based on existing technology that promises to challenge the top position. It gets mighty loud at times, but you can't ignore the R9 290X's price.

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  1. That's incredible. Especially at high res, I wonder how they do it. But the low price alone is enough to blow the competition away. Seriously think about it, it's around half the price for higher performance!
    - AMD: We're not aiming for the ultra high end.
    I think Nvidia just got trolled.
  2. Great price point. This card has already broken world records just a few hours after release!

  3. 2 of these for 4k looks amazing but Im a little disappointed by the power consumption when you crank up performance.
  4. I was thinking about hopping on the 7970ghz when it's on sale, but after seeing this, it's time to break apart the piggy bank for the 290x, what value!
  5. Like the conclusion said, you just can't argue about aesthetics and thermals at this price point/performance. Well done AMD, lets see team green's response! Go consumer!
  6. This is awesome for us ^_^
  7. Wow, and it's pegged at 73% too. Even if nVidia's "780ti" beats the 290X, it probably won't beat a 290X running at full power. And if mantle does make some big performance boosts, nVidia is going to be in a really tight spot. Looking forward to what they'll do. In the mean time, loving this competition! We all win in the end.
  8. daaaaayyyyyuuuummmm
  9. Wait the 290 X... X? is going to be $550?! Forgive me, padre for I have sinned.
  10. Good job, AMD!
  11. I just purchased this card from Newegg.
  12. Wow AMD. GG! You exceeded every possible expectation! Have fun with your GTX 780 Ti Fanboys!!!!!
  13. Time to Upgrade my HD 6950 to 290X, and my 1080P to 2500x Monitor.
  14. I've never been more blown away by a hardware review. Never have I seen a gpu beat another gpu at just over half the cost.
  15. So what's the deal with the 290?
  16. it always tickles the hell out of me when an amd card ties or about ties an nvidia card in one game then in an nvidia physx game the amd kicks the crap out of the nvidia card... Of course if you know why that happens in metro you know its more of a fault of the coders not physx but its still funny.
  17. $550 is not bad for the fact that it beats the 780 easily and even pressures the Titan.

    Most of the higher resolution gaming wins come from the larger memory bandwidth and of course more vs the 780.

    That's a good sign. Maybe NVidia will drop prices and push this to $400-$450 and I will pick one up when there is a Vapor-X version of course,
  18. Where to buy?! Newegg still says coming soon D:
  19. So what's the deal with the 290?
  20. Thank goodness AMD had some sense with the pricing. Finally, at long last, Nvidia can stop raping consumers' wallets due to lack of competition.

    This is win-win-win for everyone (except maybe Nvidia).

    Hope we never have to deal with a $1000 single GPU fiasco again. Good riddance.
  21. I'm not sure if this is meaningful or not when it comes to benchmarking, but in real world running Skyrim over 60 fps breaks the physics of the game. The game becomes unstable with objects flying randomly around and things falling from the sky. The game may CTD as soon as in the starting sequence because you may fly out of the cart.
  22. Ill wait for the better cooling solutions to come out... seems like to get the most out of the cards cooling is the key
  23. $550 for the R9 290X... You go red team! "Om nom nom"... that's the sound of Jen Hsun Huang eating his shoes. He's had 7 months to reap in profits for the high end gamer market. Now it's time to lower prices across the board. I'm hoping the GTX 780 gets lowered to $500 and Titan lowered to $650.

    Where will the GTX 780Ti fit? We'll be watching you for the the response nVidia. It better be good or you'll get creamed.

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
  24. As usual, AMD has a poor reference cooler. Also as usual, I expect the non-reference boards the manufacturers come up with to solve this issue handily. Sapphire, Asus, etc. will solve this card's weaknesses and charge $0-20 extra for the privilege - still a good deal if you have the patience to wait a bit.
  25. Ill wait for the better cooling solutions to come out... seems like to get the most out of the cards cooling is the key
  26. @ 500 you could go with water to cool the things ans still save cash.

    The 290 might be the new 670 tho. That was the best band for the buck for a long time.

    Anyhow we now have what?:

    290x @550
    290 @400?
    280x @300
    270 @200
  27. Good job AMD and you finally fixed the high power consumption - did not expect that.
  28. At the moment, Newegg only has Sapphire and XFX versions of the 290x for sale. You have to go to the product specifications page to see the price of $579.99+shipping.
  29. So what's the deal with the 290?
  30. For those of you who want to purchase this card you need to either select the XFX or Sapphire version of the card on Newegg and click on the product. It will say "Coming Soon" on the product page but will display the price once you click on it.

    I wasn't going to purchase this card at the $700 price tag but I have already made the purchase at $580. I am very excited and have also told my friend to purchase the card and he did as well. I cannot wait until this card is delivered to my front porch.

    Way to go AMD!
  31. WAIT FOR MATURE DRIVERS!!!!!!! oooppps i went and made a mess............sticky
  32. Im going water cool two of these..
  33. I wasn't even considering upgrading this generation but DAM THAT PERFORMANCE IS AMAZING
  34. Please Re-review the card's performance when non-reference coolers come out. Seeing this card beat other higher end nvidia cards while only being at 73% is amazing. I expect to see it soar even more past it when the cooling issue is solved.
  35. I can only say "HA" to all those who expressed doubt in this flagship in the last 290x article.
  36. Please make review again R9 290x with liquid cooling (overclocking potential to the maximum limit).
  37. A true Titan killer
  38. patrick47018 said:
    A true Titan killer

    Until nvidia lowers their prices, a true nvidia killer as well :P
  39. The upcoming 780Ti will have to be rainbow-nutella amazing to justify the $100 premium.
  40. 290 is coming...just not yet.
  41. Hot and noisy, $550... I thought this was supposed to be the new AMD card, why did they post a review of the GTX 480?
  42. amazing, nice performance, and perfect price!!!, so NVIDIA your move... TITANS FOR EVERYONE PLEASE!!!
  43. Why HD7970 are only in 4k tests? It would be interesting to see how it compares to 290X also in lower resolutions.
  44. madness..
    This is madness..
  45. 290 is coming...just not yet.
  46. This is a reference card right? Wait for some good drivers from AMD and good non-reference designs by AMD partners and this will blow its competitors with price/performance ratio.
  47. I have concerns about the temperature, and what it will do to my living space.
  48. AMD/Nvidia: for the love of classic games, please focus even 1% of your efforts to release an "ultra-compatible" gaming card, so we can finally let go of our aging legacy computers which are taking up so much space just to be able to run some old games that run like crap on your billion-transistor cards but which run just fine on a Win7 laptop with integrated intel graphics ...
  49. A custom solution going to be rocks ~
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