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AMD Radeon R9 290X

AMD Radeon R9 290X

The AMD Radeon R9 290X is a high-end single-GPU graphics card for desktop PCs, that has been presented in October 2013. It is based on the "Hawaii" GPU and manufactured in 28 nanometers. The card offers 2816 shader units and a 512-bit memory interface (4 GB GDDR5, 320 GB/s at 5000 MHz).

Architecture

The Hawaii chip is based on a slightly revised version of the GCN architecture. Among other things, the front-end has been doubled and optimized, size and speed of the L2 cache increased and the memory interface widened. Furthermore, the R9 290X offers more shaders (2816), TMUs (176) and ROPs (64) than the previous top model Radeon HD 7970. In addition to the higher performance, the 290X supports new features like DirectX 12 (FL 12_0).

Performance

Depending on game and settings, the performance of the Radeon R9 290X is similar to the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan. Therefore, even the fastest mobile GPUs like the GeForce GTX 780M are outperformed by about 50 percent. Demanding games like Metro: Last Light can be played fluently in 2560 x 1600 pixels and maximum settings. In some cases, even the UltraHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) is possible.

Features

The R9 290X supports well-known features like Eyefinity, but also some innovations such as True Audio and a new turbo mode. Depending on power consumption and temperature, the core can be boosted up to 1000 MHz. However, there is no offical base clock respectively a lower limit.

Power Consumption

Thanks to dynamic clock adjustments and the Zero Core technology, the R9 290X is very energy efficient while idle. Under load, the card is rated at a typical power consumption of 250 watts.

ManufacturerAMD
R9 Series
Radeon R9 290X 2816 @ 1000 MHz512 Bit @ 5000 MHz
Radeon R9 280X 2048 @ 1000 MHz384 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon R9 270X 1280 @ 1050 MHz256 Bit @ 5600 MHz
CodenameHawaii XT
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines2816 - unified
Core Speed *1000 MHz
Memory Speed *5000 MHz
Memory Bus Width512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_0)
Power Consumption250 Watt
Transistors6200 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesMantle, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, CrossFire, PowerTune, ZeroCore, HD3D, TrueAudio
Date of Announcement24.10.2013
InformationPCI-E 3.0, HDMI with 4K support
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/g...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
0%
100%
min: 214     avg: 220 (46%)     median: 220 (46%)     max: 226 fps
Cinebench R15
Ref. Match 64Bit +
OpenGL 64Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
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100%
min: 11425     avg: 11714.2 (30%)     median: 11717 (30%)     max: 11998 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
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100%
min: 9108     avg: 9768.8 (42%)     median: 9835 (42%)     max: 10297 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
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100%
min: 71039     avg: 73934.7 (45%)     median: 73987 (45%)     max: 76778 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
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100%
min: 19397     avg: 22992 (62%)     median: 22197 (60%)     max: 27382 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
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100%
min: 250909     avg: 324392 (72%)     median: 332042 (74%)     max: 382574 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
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100%
min: 264357     avg: 314724 (86%)     median: 314724 (86%)     max: 365090 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
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100%
min: 289088     avg: 330583 (44%)     median: 291067 (39%)     max: 411593 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
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100%
min: 111     avg: 111 (100%)     median: 111 (100%)     max: 111 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
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100%
min: 140     avg: 140 (52%)     median: 140 (52%)     max: 140 fps
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
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min: 8217     avg: 8217 (50%)     median: 8217 (50%)     max: 8217 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
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100%
min: 1512     avg: 1512 (33%)     median: 1512 (33%)     max: 1512 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
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min: 2974     avg: 2974 (36%)     median: 2974 (36%)     max: 2974 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
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min: 15974     avg: 16166 (32%)     median: 16167.5 (32%)     max: 16355 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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min: 12356     avg: 13376.5 (53%)     median: 13415 (53%)     max: 14320 points
3DMark Vantage
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
P Result 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
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Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst
high 1920x1080
80.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
65.9  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
28.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
high 1920x1080
198  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
97  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
65.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Ashes of the Singularity
med. 1920x1080
67.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
62.2  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
26.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Need for Speed 2016
ultra 1920x1080
61  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
32.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Hitman 2016
ultra 1920x1080
58  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
32.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Division
ultra 1920x1080
50.7  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
29.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
low 1024x768
149  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
102  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
65  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
50.5  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
27.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Star Wars Battlefront
low 1024x768
186  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
159  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
118  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
104  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
43.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
low 1024x768
78  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
75  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
64  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
5  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
26.2  fps    + Compare