AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

The AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire (also known as CF or CrossFireX) is a combination of two high-end graphics cards for big and heavy laptops. Usually, each single R9 M290X renders a single frame in an alternating manner. Therefore, it may suffer from micro stuttering in low frame rates below 30 FPS due to staggering timespans between two frames (e.g., irregular delays between sequential frames). Compared to the Radeon HD 8970M CF, the R9 M290X CF offers exactly the same amount of shaders and the same clock rates.

The R9 M290X is based on the desktop HD 7870 Pitcairn chip with 1280 1D shaders and 80 texture units. The GCN (graphics core next) architecture supports DirectX11.2 (Tier 1 only) and OpenGL 4.3. More information on the features of the single R9 M290X can be found on the GPU page.

Performance

The Performance of two R9 M290X GPUs in Crossfire mode is just slightly below the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M SLI, but cannot compete with the GTX 880M SLI. Regardless, modern and demanding games like Battlefield 4 or Metro Last Light are still playable in high resolutions and max. settings with anti-aliasing.

Features

Features of the M290X include the new UVD3 video decoder for decoding MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, Flash, Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos directly from the AMD GPU.

The M290 series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, each M290X can directly support up to 6 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the M290 series include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off. Power Gating, however, is not supported according to AMD. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP range. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it now allows audio to output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the CF combination is very high (2x 100 Watt) and thus only suited for very large desktop replacement laptops.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon R9 M200 Series
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire 2560 @ 850 - 900MHz256 Bit @ 4800MHz

Radeon R9 M290X

1280 @ 850 - 900MHz256 Bit @ 4800MHz

Radeon R9 M270

640 @ 725MHz128 Bit @ 4500MHz

Radeon R9 M265X

640 @ 625MHz128 Bit @ 4000MHz
CodenameNeptune CF
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines2560 - unified
Core Speed *850 - 900 MHz
Shader Speed *850 - 900 MHz
Memory Speed *4800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2x 4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11.2 (Tier 1), Shader 5.0
Power Consumption200 Watt
Transistors2x 2800 Million
technology28 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.03.2014
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 100.4      avg: 100.4 (84%)     median: 100.4 (84%)     max: 100.4 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 10551      avg: 10551 (88%)     median: 10551 (88%)     max: 10551 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 71977      avg: 71977 (93%)     median: 71977 (93%)     max: 71977 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 284150      avg: 284150 (38%)     median: 284150 (38%)     max: 284150 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 122.1      avg: 122.1 (84%)     median: 122.1 (84%)     max: 122.1 fps
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 14147      avg: 14147 (88%)     median: 14147 (88%)     max: 14147 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 11503      avg: 11503 (87%)     median: 11503 (87%)     max: 11503 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 37644      avg: 37644 (82%)     median: 37644 (82%)     max: 37644 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 32792      avg: 32792 (84%)     median: 32792 (84%)     max: 32792 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 150      avg: 150 (81%)     median: 150 (81%)     max: 150 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 51.34      avg: 51.3 (100%)     median: 51.3 (100%)     max: 51.34 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 14.53      avg: 14.5 (17%)     median: 14.5 (17%)     max: 14.53 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 33.82      avg: 33.8 (95%)     median: 33.8 (95%)     max: 33.82 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 17.72      avg: 17.7 (96%)     median: 17.7 (96%)     max: 17.72 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 41.01      avg: 41 (76%)     median: 41 (76%)     max: 41.01 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 2.29      avg: 2.3 (10%)     median: 2.3 (10%)     max: 2.29 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 31.91      avg: 31.9 (44%)     median: 31.9 (44%)     max: 31.91 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 48.46      avg: 48.5 (88%)     median: 48.5 (88%)     max: 48.46 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 90.91      avg: 90.9 (83%)     median: 90.9 (83%)     max: 90.91 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.

Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
60.3  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
57.3  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
57  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
52.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
X-Plane 10.25
low 1024x768
70.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
43.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
21.5  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
17  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low 1024x768
53.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
50.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
37.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
27.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Battlefield 4
low 1024x768
152.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
132.2  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
120.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
77.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2013

F1 2013

2013
low 1024x768
118  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
98  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
96  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
86  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Saints Row IV
low 1280x720
67  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
55.9  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
50.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
48.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
119.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
116.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
109.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
192.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
134  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
119  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
108.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Metro: Last Light
low 1024x768
97.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
91.9  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
80.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
52.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
BioShock Infinite
low 1280x720
173.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
152.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
145.5  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
85  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Tomb Raider
low 1024x768
379.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
353.2  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
295.9  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
127.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
120.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
107.7  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
86.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
38  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
106.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
102.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
81.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
54.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Hitman: Absolution
low 1024x768
73.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
69.7  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
62.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
59.5  fps      Compare