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First Official AMD Radeon R9 290X Benchmarks

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We're in the process of benchmarking AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 290X flagship. But before the embargo expires, the company gave us the go-ahead to publish a couple of numbers from tests we've already run.

We’re cranking away in the lab, benchmarking AMD’s Radeon R9 290X graphics card. Typically, that means you wouldn’t hear a peep from me until launch day.

That's the R9 290X with Tomb Raider at 3840x2160That's the R9 290X with Tomb Raider at 3840x2160

Presumably as a counter to Nvidia’s press event, which is currently happening in Montreal, however, the company is giving me the go-ahead to publish a couple of my results a bit early.

AMD was very specific that the only numbers it’s approving come from BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider. We’re only able to show you R9 290X compared to GeForce GTX 780, and only at 3840x2160. But despite those limitations, these numbers were run in our lab, on our own equipment.

We could have dialed this one back a bit, but because Tomb Raider moves a little slower, and because this benchmark sequence is both very demanding and highly repeatable, I wasn’t bothered by the R9 290X’s performance, but was impressed by what I was seeing at Ultra HD.

I backed off a bit in BioShock Infinite, although the Very High detail preset still looks great. As you can see, Radeon R9 290X has little trouble posting higher average frame rates yet again. It’s worth noting that these are Fraps-based numbers—in single-GPU configurations, the results from Fraps and FCAT track closely anyway.

There’s not much more I can say at this point, except that I have several cards tested at 3840x2160, and R9 290X doesn’t just do well against the GeForce GTX 780…

With that, I should probably get back to the lab before I get myself into trouble.

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    shikamaru31789 , October 17, 2013 12:06 PM
    Looks like AMD has a winner when it comes to performance. Now let's just hope that the 290x tops the Titan, that the 290 tops the 780, and that each is priced better than Nvida's competing card. Throw in the Never Settle Forever Gold bundle and AMD is going to have some serious gaming value with the 290 and 290x.
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    Klunt Bumskrint , October 17, 2013 12:25 PM
    Wow, that's balanced. I wonder why they chose 2 AMD Evolved titles! Hahahahahaha
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    PepitoTV , October 17, 2013 12:15 PM
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    "There’s not much more I can say at this point, except that I have several cards tested at 3840x2160, and R9 290X doesn’t just do well against the GeForce GTX 780…"

    huh? It seems from the numbers you just put up that the R9 290X does very well against the GTX780. I'm confused. the words and the graphs seems to be contradicting each other.


    He's suggesting that it beats the Titan as well.
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    PepitoTV , October 17, 2013 12:05 PM
    Wow, if Nvidia don't do something, they'll get obliterated in every price range...
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    shikamaru31789 , October 17, 2013 12:06 PM
    Looks like AMD has a winner when it comes to performance. Now let's just hope that the 290x tops the Titan, that the 290 tops the 780, and that each is priced better than Nvida's competing card. Throw in the Never Settle Forever Gold bundle and AMD is going to have some serious gaming value with the 290 and 290x.
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    Jaxem , October 17, 2013 12:10 PM
    very nice, I'd eager to see what it can do in hardware accelerated applications as well :) 
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    ubercake , October 17, 2013 12:15 PM
    I know it's a new card, but are you seeing any microstutter or judder or is it smooth?

    Will you be testing with BF3?

    Will you be checking the crossfire capabilities (and microstutter)?

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    PepitoTV , October 17, 2013 12:15 PM
    Quote:
    "There’s not much more I can say at this point, except that I have several cards tested at 3840x2160, and R9 290X doesn’t just do well against the GeForce GTX 780…"

    huh? It seems from the numbers you just put up that the R9 290X does very well against the GTX780. I'm confused. the words and the graphs seems to be contradicting each other.


    He's suggesting that it beats the Titan as well.
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    ubercake , October 17, 2013 12:17 PM
    Quote:
    "There’s not much more I can say at this point, except that I have several cards tested at 3840x2160, and R9 290X doesn’t just do well against the GeForce GTX 780…"

    huh? It seems from the numbers you just put up that the R9 290X does very well against the GTX780. I'm confused. the words and the graphs seems to be contradicting each other.


    It probably also does well compared to the Titan. I think that's what he's gettin' at.
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    shandy706 , October 17, 2013 12:22 PM
    @dgingeri

    Is English not your first language? I would understand if that's why you dont' get what he's saying.

    He's saying. "It doesn't just do well against the GTX 780, but it also does well against (insert card here)". He may be hinting that it doesn't JUST beat the 780, but it also beats or equals the Titan.

    Get it now? It's your reading comprehension in this case...he doesn't contradict himself at all.
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    s3anister , October 17, 2013 12:22 PM
    Finally. Was really starting to wonder what the heck was going on when the 15th came and went with not a word about the 290X.
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    Shankovich , October 17, 2013 12:24 PM
    Not a Titan killer, but definitely a match it seems. Please price it well AMD (and it looks like the 290 will match the 780 well, which I hope will be $499).
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    s3anister , October 17, 2013 12:25 PM
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    @dgingeri

    Is English not your first language? I would understand if that's why you dont' get what he's saying.

    He's saying. "It doesn't just do well against the GTX 780, but it also does well against (insert card here)". He may be hinting that it doesn't JUST beat the 780, but it also beats or equals the Titan.

    Get it now? It's your reading comprehension in this case...he doesn't contradict himself at all.


    Bad reading comprehension, indeed. In any case, according to leaked benchmarks the R9-290X trades blows with the Titan putting it in the same performance category.

    Link to leaked benchmarks: http://wccftech.com/amd-radeon-r9-290x-radeon-r9-290-hawaii-gpus-gaming-synthetic-benchmarks-exposed/
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    John Bauer , October 17, 2013 12:25 PM
    I want to see a price range....
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    Klunt Bumskrint , October 17, 2013 12:25 PM
    Wow, that's balanced. I wonder why they chose 2 AMD Evolved titles! Hahahahahaha
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    jamger , October 17, 2013 12:26 PM
    AMD its forcing nVidia to drop prices, that aint ''sitting pretty'' lol. if the 290x does well against titan.. whats the point of buying a 1k $ card when a prob 600$ card can match it and prob beat it?. bring up the ''maxxwell'' thing and so does amd has volcanic island for next year as far as i know not sure. just my opinion :) 
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    michael908 , October 17, 2013 12:26 PM
    I doubt Nvidia is phased by this. They have had the Titan out for 6 months and most likely had the 780 prepared and ready for release at the same time as Titan's release. But AMD posed no threat so they released it with the 700 series, and milked the Titan for as long as they could. They will more than likely release a new card possibly the Titan ultra which will push the price down of existing Nvidia cards down into a competitive price range. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Titan at around $700, 780 around $500, 770 at $300, and the 760 at $225. Titan ultra will reclaim the $900 price point and possibly a 770ti will fill the $400 gap.
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    coastie65 , October 17, 2013 12:26 PM
    Ever since I stated hearing about this card, I had a feeling it would be someting special. With the performance and projected price, it may become the gotta have card. I haven't run an AMD card since the 5770, which I liked. I think I see one of these babies in my future and I am running a GTX 680 at the moment.
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    AMDRadeonHD , October 17, 2013 12:26 PM
    It's so nice to see how an AMD graphics card beats an NVIDIA graphics card.
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    s3anister , October 17, 2013 12:26 PM
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    I want to see a price range....


    $500 for the R9-290 and $700 for the R9-290X according to prices leaked by online retailers.
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    PepitoTV , October 17, 2013 12:26 PM
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    For all that are saying AMD has a winner and nVidia better do something - isn't it AMD that needs to do something? And isn't it too little too late? Hate to say it, but nVidia is sitting pretty.


    Think of it as a turn based game. Sure, AMD took a long time to make their move, but they finally did and now nVidia has to do something about it, after all, the consumers will buy anything that matches their budget at a given time and currently, AMD has the lead in almost every price range.

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