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 11.2

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 @ 1000MHz512 Bit @ 5000MHz

Radeon R9 280X

2048 @ 1000MHz384 Bit @ 6000MHz

Radeon R9 270X

1280 @ 1050MHz256 Bit @ 5600MHz
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 11.2
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

Cinebench R15 - Ref. Match 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 98      avg: 98 (98%)     median: 98 (98%)     max: 98 Points
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 90.6      avg: 90.6 (76%)     median: 90.6 (76%)     max: 90.6 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11425      avg: 11433.5 (96%)     median: 11433.5 (96%)     max: 11442 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 71039      avg: 72513 (94%)     median: 72513 (94%)     max: 73987 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 250909      avg: 269741 (93%)     median: 269741 (93%)     max: 288573 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 264357      avg: 264357 (100%)     median: 264357 (100%)     max: 264357 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 289088      avg: 290077.5 (39%)     median: 290077.5 (39%)     max: 291067 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 15974      avg: 15980.5 (100%)     median: 15980.5 (100%)     max: 15987 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 12356      avg: 12585.5 (96%)     median: 12585.5 (96%)     max: 12815 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 36940      avg: 38367 (83%)     median: 38367 (83%)     max: 39794 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 31240      avg: 32685.5 (84%)     median: 32685.5 (84%)     max: 34131 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 23510      avg: 25101.5 (84%)     median: 25101.5 (84%)     max: 26693 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 79.1      avg: 79.1 (72%)     median: 79.1 (72%)     max: 79.1 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

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.

Risen 3: Titan Lords
low 1024x768
65  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
65  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
64  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
63  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
253  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
129  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
118  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
92  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Watch Dogs
high 1920x1080
45  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
35.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
high 1920x1080
56 58 ~ 57 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
55 57.6 ~ 56 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Elder Scrolls Online
high 1366x768
63 72 ~ 68 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
35 41 45 ~ 40 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
63  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
70  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
70 74 106 ~ 83 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
62 64 73.5 ~ 67 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
ultra 1920x1080
48 59 ~ 54 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield 4
ultra 1920x1080
78 78 78 ~ 78 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2013

F1 2013

2013
high 1366x768
113 117 ~ 115 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
92 98 100 ~ 97 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Total War: Rome II
low 1024x768
217  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
172  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
139  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
56.2 56.4 ~ 56 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
ultra 1920x1080
109  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Company of Heroes 2
ultra 1920x1080
43.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Metro: Last Light
low 1024x768
121 121 ~ 121 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
118 121 ~ 120 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
104 112 ~ 108 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
77 78 ~ 78 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Tomb Raider
high 1366x768
266  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
137  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Hitman: Absolution
med. 1366x768
66  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
57 60 ~ 59 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dishonored
ultra 1920x1080
128 130 ~ 129 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Borderlands 2
ultra 1920x1080
116 122 122 ~ 120 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Sleeping Dogs
ultra 1920x1080
69  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Diablo III
ultra 1920x1080
260  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Deus Ex Human Revolution
ultra 1920x1080
185 187 ~ 186 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Total War: Shogun 2
med. 1280x720
107  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
99 102 ~ 101 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-06-26)