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

Results: Metro: Last Light At 3840x2160

Benchmarking 120 seconds of Metro’s built-in benchmark yields the following numbers. In short, you’re looking at another narrow victory favoring AMD’s Radeon R9 290X over GeForce GTX Titan. The win is again largely symbolic, though…

The Hawaii-based card approaches 20 FPS on one occasion, indicating that when action picks up in Metro: Last Light, the game punishes high-end hardware. An average in excess of 30 FPS sounds alright, but the minimums tell another story.

Most of the frame time variance numbers aren’t a problem. Only the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition exhibits worst-case results that’d be noticeable. This is the same sort of phenomenon demonstrated by Radeon R9 290X in Battlefield 3 at 3840x2160, too.

  • beta212
    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.
  • slomo4sho
    Great price point. This card has already broken world records just a few hours after release!

  • esrever
    2 of these for 4k looks amazing but Im a little disappointed by the power consumption when you crank up performance.
  • aznguy0028
    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!
  • Benthon
    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!
  • tuklap
    This is awesome for us ^_^
  • Shankovich
    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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  • anxiousinfusion
    Wait the 290 X... X? is going to be $550?! Forgive me, padre for I have sinned.
  • Darkerson
    Good job, AMD!