AMD Radeon R9 290 Benchmarks

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natamcancer

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portablesounds

Honestly, as much as the 290 is attractive at first glance, it's kinda annoying that AMD is in a sense showing very deceiving results. They advertise "max clock" instead of, like most graphics cards up to this point, guaranteed clock. Normally when it comes to cpu's and gpu's, you guarantee consumers a clockspeed and they can OC them for potentially better results if they wish. Instead of having a guaranteed clock and potentially getting much higher, this time around you get a max clock (which is in a sense overclocked considering how hot it runs and the variable clock speeds) and hopefully get as close to that 1000 as possible. Keep in mind silicon chips don't always come out the same, which Is why overclocking is kinda like playing a fairly good chanced lottery: sometimes you can only get stock speeds, sometimes you get super lucky and get an amazing chip that goes way beyond. Here however it feels like the opposite. With nvidia cards, you'd have to be stupid to just get them and not OC the heck out of them. They already run really cool, so there's tons of headroom for overclocking. thats why it appears like AMD's cards are so good: they come to you overclocked as fast as the chip can manage (95C is insane!).Granted it good because now nvidia's prices are actually reasonable, but it's a bit sad and disconcerting that AMD is deceiving their customers a bit about what performance they're really getting.

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Ninjawithagun

OH WAIT, WHAT?? What is that smell? Ah, it's the smell of AMD getting smoked once again by Nvidia:

http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_780_ti_benchmarks

So, is it worth the upgrade. Hell yes! GTX780Ti FTW!!!

MUUUWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

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Ghost XFX

No problem.

Oh wait, the R9 290 equals the GTX 780 in just about every single bench mark. Nvidia has to come down again to stay in comp with AMD. Otherwise, too many cards sitting around in storage. Total win for AMD, and the rest of us gamers. Enjoy that overpriced card right there. It's only a matter of time before AMD strikes again to dethrone the Ti.

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nick779

I like price wars, but when comparing amd to NVidia, I still kinda favor NVidia. why you ask? well theres a few reasons.

-the new AMD cards have no guaranteed minimum clock rate
- they run ridiculously hot on stock coolers (aftermarket may be better)
-im very skeptical about drivers after all of the issues my amd laptops have, and older amd gpus.
-NVidia matches if not exceeds amds 512 bit bus speeds with the ddr5 memory and a 384 bit bus.

- I am however impressed by the performance per dollar, provided they can consistently keep those numbers and not downclock themselves.

currently, im happy with my 770, in a year or two ill be upgrading and the best company will win.

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deuel18

Or maybe (just maybe), AMD are expecting us gamers to run water loops around those smoking AMD graphics card. I'm not sure about the rest.

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Hey.That_Dude

The competition is wonderful as always.
True Audio really just peaks my interest. I wonder if any discrete card makers will some how make a protocol/hardware that takes the information from AMD's DSPs without having to go into the application layer.

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AETAaAS

Sigh... the standard cooler, but as Ghost said; waterblocks, DirectCUII, DoubleDissipation, Windforce, TwinFrozr, VaporX...

There is no shortage of hyper nutter cooling to help screw that little bit more out of these cards. :)

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Ghost XFX

As good as AMD has it with these GPUs, one would think they would have found themselves a better reference cooler to go with them! That cooler design was horrid years ago, and yet, they still persist in using that cheap, raggedy sounding noodle strainer fan!

So I'm guessing that XFX needs to weave their usual magic on these cards? I'll wait until then to make a decision on which direction to go in...

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captainjack

I think I'm most interested to see how dual 290's stack up against a single Titan and dual 780's. At $200 less than a single Titan; dual 290's would be a great alternative if they can handily beat out a single Titan.

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dgrmouse

There seems to be quite a lot of variation in quality among 290 press samples. The reviews on AnandTech and Tom's Hardware have the 290 beating the 780 and trading blows with the Titan at most resolutions and in most games. They use FXAA instead of the 4X MSAA that I assume Murph uses - I'm not sure if that, too, might be a factor for the closer match we see here. The last issue of Max PC (December) had a review of a $750 GTX780 - in a month that card will be worth about $350, though. While the prevailing emotion seems to be joy that prices are falling, I'm rather aghast that prices were ever so exaggerated.

I'm not a fan of all the third-party vendors with their supposed value adds, but in this case I think the aftermarket coolers will provide some very significant benefits. Especially if I were considering using two such cards, I would wait for the third-party solutions with better cooling.

ps to Murph Tisk, tisk, remember the “-isk”; “asterick” is icky. -Paul Brians
Also, about half of the "it's" should be "its". MS Word has a grammar-checker, check it out.

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portablesounds

That'd be weird if FXAA adversely affected Nvidia performance. I'm fairly sure that FXAA was designed by Nvidia, much like Physx, except actually decent (I think). Then again, tomshardware has always been knows to be paid handsomely from the AMD coffers, so biased results wouldn't surprise me. I feel like Murphy has done a good job of being unbiased, in the sense that he has had fairly equal praise for both the 780Ti and the 290. Keep up the good work!

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acidic

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_r9_290_crossfire_review_benchmarks,1.html