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

CrossFire: Metro: Last Light At 7680x1440

Metro: Last Light behaves a lot like Crysis, though the frame rate over time chart gives both graphics card combinations a fairly similar-looking line.

Bigger spikes affect the CrossFire-based configuration (these look a lot like the Crysis chart linked on the previous page). Less than 10 ms of variance in the 20 frames before and after each measured point isn't bad, but we'd be curious to get two Titans and two 290Xes in front of some readers for blind testing.

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

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  • esrever
    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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  • 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!
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  • 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!
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  • tuklap
    This is awesome for us ^_^
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  • 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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  • julianbautista87
    daaaaayyyyyuuuummmm
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  • anxiousinfusion
    Wait the 290 X... X? is going to be $550?! Forgive me, padre for I have sinned.
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  • Darkerson
    Good job, AMD!
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