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

CAD: AutoCAD 2013

2D Performance

There are only very marginal differences between the graphics cards. If 2D output is all you need, then it doesn’t really matter whether you pick a gaming or workstation board.

3D Performance

The story changes considerably for 3D. Consumer graphics cards benefit from DirectX optimizations. It needs to be noted that Autodesk is pretty much alone in taking things that direction, though. AMD's Radeon R9 290X holds its own, even though the inconsistent results do make you wonder a bit.

  • 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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