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

Results: Crysis 3 At 3840x2160

AMD’s Uber firmware does little to help the R9 290X’s performance in Crysis 3. Not that it needs it. In our custom run, the Hawaii-based board is able to slide by GeForce GTX Titan by a few frames per second, on average. Is that enough to call the R9’s finish a win? Not exactly—dropping under 30 FPS, even at a reduced quality level, doesn’t satisfy the maxed-out details you’d want with an expensive display on your desk.

This is where we see those dips, in this case corresponding with a big explosion. Still, R9 290X is a big improvement over Tahiti. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition approaches 20 FPS—definitely too slow.

As with BioShock, our variance numbers aren’t troubling, even if the instantaneous frame rates are.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Wait the 290 X... X? is going to be $550?! Forgive me, padre for I have sinned.
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  • 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.
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  • Great price point. This card has already broken world records just a few hours after release!


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  • 2 of these for 4k looks amazing but Im a little disappointed by the power consumption when you crank up performance.
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  • 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!
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  • 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!
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  • This is awesome for us ^_^
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  • 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.
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  • daaaaayyyyyuuuummmm
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  • Wait the 290 X... X? is going to be $550?! Forgive me, padre for I have sinned.
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  • Good job, AMD!
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  • I just purchased this card from Newegg.
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  • Wow AMD. GG! You exceeded every possible expectation! Have fun with your GTX 780 Ti Fanboys!!!!!
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  • Time to Upgrade my HD 6950 to 290X, and my 1080P to 2500x Monitor.
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  • 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.
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  • So what's the deal with the 290?
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  • 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.
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  • $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,
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  • Where to buy?! Newegg still says coming soon D:
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  • So what's the deal with the 290?
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  • 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.
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