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Gaming Performance

Partner Cards: Two Radeon R9 290s And Five 290Xs, Updated

Benchmark System and Software

When I wrote Seven Radeon R9 280X Graphics Cards, Rounded-Up, I made the assumption that most of our readers would know that gaming performance would correlate to clock rates, and focused most of my efforts on power, heat, and noise. We heard the feedback from that piece, though, and incorporated benchmark results into today's story.

I ran four carefully-selected titles at their highest quality settings, and then normalized and added the results. This yielded a performance index with AMD's Radeon R9 290 reference card serving as the 100-percent baseline.

CPU And CoolerIntel Core i7-3770K (Ivy Bridge) at 4.5 GHz
Corsair H100i Compact Water Cooler (Gelid GC Extreme)
MotherboardGigabyte G1. Sniper 3 (Z77 Express)
Memory32 GB (4 x 8 GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2133
2 x Corsair Neutron 480 GB
Power SupplyCorsair AX1200i
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
DriversAMD Catalyst 13.12
GeForce 331.82
BenchmarksMetro: Last Light
BioShock Infinite
Battlefield 4 (Single-Player)
Crysis 3 (DirectX 11)

We warmed up each graphics card until it reached its peak temperature, keeping us as close as possible to real-world performance and to prevent unfair advantages for either AMD or Nvidia due to artificially high boost speeds. The cards were tested on an open bench table (blue bars) and in a closed mid-tower (red bars).

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