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

CrossFire: Tomb Raider At 7680x1440

Performance returns to the land of predictability in Tomb Raider, where a clock rate hit keeps two R9 290Xes from beating a pair of Titans, though not by much.

Variance is still higher on the paired-up Hawaii boards. You can bet we're going to dig into those higher worst-case numbers in the days to come...

  • 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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