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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
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minmin: 226     avg: 226 (86%)     median: 226 (86%)     max: 226 fps
Cinebench R15 - Ref. Match 64Bit
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minmin: 98     avg: 98 (98%)     median: 98 (98%)     max: 98 Points
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
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minmin: 90.6     avg: 126.5 (83%)     median: 142 (93%)     max: 147 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
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minmin: 900     avg: 900 (100%)     median: 900 (100%)     max: 900 fps
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
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minmin: 11425     avg: 11714.3 (61%)     median: 11717 (61%)     max: 11998 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Score 1920x1080
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minmin: 9108     avg: 9768.8 (71%)     median: 9835 (72%)     max: 10297 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
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minmin: 71039     avg: 73934.7 (58%)     median: 73987 (58%)     max: 76778 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
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minmin: 19397     avg: 22992 (80%)     median: 22197 (77%)     max: 27382 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
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minmin: 250909     avg: 324391.5 (81%)     median: 332041.5 (83%)     max: 382574 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
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minmin: 264357     avg: 314723.5 (86%)     median: 314723.5 (86%)     max: 365090 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
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minmin: 289088     avg: 330582.7 (44%)     median: 291067 (39%)     max: 411593 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
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minmin: 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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minmin: 140     avg: 140 (67%)     median: 140 (67%)     max: 140 fps
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
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minmin: 8217     avg: 8217 (100%)     median: 8217 (100%)     max: 8217 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
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minmin: 1512     avg: 1512 (61%)     median: 1512 (61%)     max: 1512 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
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minmin: 2974     avg: 2974 (65%)     median: 2974 (65%)     max: 2974 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
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minmin: 15974     avg: 16166 (71%)     median: 16167.5 (71%)     max: 16355 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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minmin: 12356     avg: 13376.5 (74%)     median: 13415 (74%)     max: 14320 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
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minmin: 36940     avg: 41831.8 (81%)     median: 42403.5 (83%)     max: 45580 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
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minmin: 31240     avg: 36822.5 (77%)     median: 37284 (78%)     max: 41482 Points
3DMark 06
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minmin: 23510     avg: 31590.8 (82%)     median: 32271 (84%)     max: 38311 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
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minmin: 79.1     avg: 106.2 (87%)     median: 117 (96%)     max: 122.5 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
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minmin: 14284     avg: 14449.5 (99%)     median: 14449.5 (99%)     max: 14615 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.

Batman: Arkham Knight
low 1280x720
114  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
101  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
72  fps      Compare
3840x2160
25  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
The Witcher 3
low 1024x768
179  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
123  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
75  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29  fps      Compare
3840x2160
28.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Dirt Rally
low 1024x768
441  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
163  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
137  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
97.4  fps      Compare
3840x2160
75.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
GTA V

GTA V

2015
low 1024x768
155  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
149  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
93  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
41  fps      Compare
3840x2160
51.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield Hardline
low 1024x768
176  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
179  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
122  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
84  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Evolve

Evolve

2015
high 1920x1080
125  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
103 (!)  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Crew

The Crew

2014
low 1280x720
60  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
60  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
59.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
122  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
115  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
94  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
80  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Assassin's Creed Unity
low 1024x768
68  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
67  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
46  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
31.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
low 1024x768
119  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
91.3  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
86.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
67.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Civilization: Beyond Earth
low 1024x768
199  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
171  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
117  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
106  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
117  fps      Compare