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

Results: Tomb Raider At 1920x1080 And 2560x1440

We use a 45-second run-through in Tomb Raider—one of the most taxing passages we could find that’s completely repeatable. At both 1920x1080 and 2560x1440, R9 290X trails the dual-GPU boards, but is faster than GeForce GTX Titan and 780. Nvidia tends to have trouble in this title with TressFX enabled, as we might expect given the feature’s dependence on DirectCompute and AMD’s strength in compute-oriented tasks.

Distinct separation in our frame rate over time chart shows that Tomb Raider is graphics-bound, particularly at the Ultimate quality preset. AMD’s Radeon HD 7990 clearly takes the top spot. However, given its $800+ price tag now, and in light of its outstanding issues, that isn’t a card we’d recommend. Selling for $1000, the GeForce GTX 690 is simply too expensive compared to AMD’s $550 R9 290X.

  • 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!