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

Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim At 3840x2160

Skyrim is one of the only games in our suite where you can easily play at Ultra HD using just one graphics card. The thing is, you’ll enjoy the game equally using one R9 290X (up at the top of the chart) or one Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (at the bottom). Both average plenty-high frame rates throughout.

Alright, so the Tahiti-powered board dips under 60 FPS once. Still, these cards all perform admirably in this game, which looks phenomenal at 3840x2160.

The frame time variances in Skyrim are higher than some of the other titles we’ve looked at, but they’re still nothing we’d be bothered by, translated to on-screen stutter.

  • 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!