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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 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 @ 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 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 (10%)     median: 98 (10%)     max: 98 Points
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 90.6      avg: 126.5 (86%)     median: 142 (97%)     max: 147 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 900      avg: 900 (100%)     median: 900 (100%)     max: 900 fps
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11425      avg: 11619.7 (92%)     median: 11442 (91%)     max: 11992 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Score 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 9108      avg: 9614 (92%)     median: 9437 (90%)     max: 10297 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 71039      avg: 73934.7 (88%)     median: 73987 (88%)     max: 76778 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 19397      avg: 22992 (84%)     median: 22197 (81%)     max: 27382 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 250909      avg: 324391.5 (85%)     median: 332041.5 (87%)     max: 382574 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 264357      avg: 314723.5 (86%)     median: 314723.5 (86%)     max: 365090 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 289088      avg: 330582.7 (44%)     median: 291067 (39%)     max: 411593 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 111      avg: 111 (100%)     median: 111 (100%)     max: 111 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 140      avg: 140 (93%)     median: 140 (93%)     max: 140 fps
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
0% 100%
min: 8217      avg: 8217 (100%)     median: 8217 (100%)     max: 8217 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 1512      avg: 1512 (99%)     median: 1512 (99%)     max: 1512 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 2974      avg: 2974 (100%)     median: 2974 (100%)     max: 2974 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 15974      avg: 16166 (96%)     median: 16167.5 (96%)     max: 16355 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 12356      avg: 13376.5 (93%)     median: 13415 (94%)     max: 14320 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 36940      avg: 41831.8 (91%)     median: 42403.5 (92%)     max: 45580 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 31240      avg: 36822.5 (89%)     median: 37284 (90%)     max: 41482 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 23510      avg: 31590.8 (82%)     median: 32271 (84%)     max: 38311 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 79.1      avg: 106.2 (87%)     median: 117 (96%)     max: 122.5 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 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.

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
med. 1366x768
117  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
118  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
113  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Evil Within
low 1024x768
68.7  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
68.7  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
67.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Ryse: Son of Rome
low 1024x768
124 136 ~ 130 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
101 122 ~ 112 fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
83 93 ~ 88 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
77.4 85 ~ 81 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Alien: Isolation
low 1024x768
179 255 ~ 217 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
160 211 ~ 186 fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
131 146 ~ 139 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
108 115 ~ 112 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
low 1280x720
244  fps      Compare
med. 1344x756
196  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
113 114 ~ 114 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
78 91 ~ 85 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
ultra 1920x1080
204  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
ultra 1920x1080
93  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
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