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AMD Radeon R9 M290X

AMD Radeon R9 M290X

The AMD Radeon R9 M290X is a 28nm DirectX 11 graphics card based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Built primarily for large laptops, the advanced card is positioned near the top of the high-end category as of Q1/2014. Its performance and feature set are identical to the HD 8970M, as the M290X shares the same core and features the same clock rates.

The design of the Radeon R9 M290 series has its roots to the Pitcairn chip as found on the desktop Radeon HD 7870. The M290X in particular is similar to its desktop Radeon HD 7870 counterpart with 1280 1D shader cores and 80 texture units, but has a core clock of only 900 MHz (boost) versus the 1000 MHz clock of the HD 7870. Compared to the HD 7970M, the M290X shares the same base clock rate but with a 50 MHz higher Turbo clock for a 6% increase (1.01 TFLOPS vs. 1.07 TFLOPS) in raw SP calculations. As a result, general performance of the M290X is somewhere between the 7850 and 7870 desktop Radeon cards.

As mentioned before, the M290X is just a rebrand of the HD 8970M with identical performance. When compared to mobile Nvidia GPUs, the M290X performs a bit below the GeForce GTX 780M and slightly above the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M. Therefore, almost all demanding games of 2013 will run fluently on very high details and 1080p resolution.

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, the 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 of the M290X is in the same ballpark as the GeForce GTX 780M. The subsequently large heat output suits the GPU as an option only for large laptops or DTRs (desktop replacements) equipped with relatively powerful cooling solutions.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon R9 M200 Series

Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

2560 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X 1280 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz

Radeon R9 M275

640 @ 925 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz

Radeon R9 M270

640 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz

Radeon R9 M265X

640 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
CodenameNeptune
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines1280 - unified
Core Speed *850 - 900 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed *4800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11.2 Tier 1, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption100 Watt
Transistors2800 Million
technology28 nm
Features2304 GLOPS SP, 144 DP Compute Power, 154 GB/s Memory Bandwidth, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 20 Compute Units (OpenCL 1.2), 212 mm2 Die Size, PCIe 3.0 x16
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement07.01.2014
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 5294      avg: 5294 (42%)     median: 5294 (42%)     max: 5294 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Score 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 4793      avg: 4793 (46%)     median: 4793 (46%)     max: 4793 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 33147      avg: 33147 (39%)     median: 33147 (39%)     max: 33147 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 17182      avg: 17182 (63%)     median: 17182 (63%)     max: 17182 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 125311      avg: 125311 (17%)     median: 125311 (17%)     max: 125311 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 62      avg: 62 (41%)     median: 62 (41%)     max: 62 fps
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 6817      avg: 6817 (40%)     median: 6817 (40%)     max: 6817 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 6859      avg: 6859 (48%)     median: 6859 (48%)     max: 6859 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 24205      avg: 24205 (52%)     median: 24205 (52%)     max: 24205 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 23961      avg: 23961 (58%)     median: 23961 (58%)     max: 23961 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 88.8      avg: 88.8 (48%)     median: 88.8 (48%)     max: 88.8 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 85.88      avg: 85.9 (70%)     median: 85.9 (70%)     max: 85.88 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
152.7  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
76.5  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
48.9  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
44  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
0 (!)  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
0 (!)  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
0 (!)  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
0 (!)  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
The Evil Within
low 1024x768
56.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
55  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
41.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Ryse: Son of Rome
low 1024x768
83.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
76.1  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
43.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
39.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Alien: Isolation
low 1024x768
140.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
120.5  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
73.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
57.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
low 1280x720
151  fps      Compare
med. 1344x756
102.8  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
50.8  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
37.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
194.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
184.9  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
111.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
111.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
81.6  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
59.7  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
57  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen 3: Titan Lords
low 1024x768
97.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
58.1  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
49.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
39.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
211.5  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
112.6  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
95.7  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
62  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Titanfall

Titanfall

2014
low 1024x768
60  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
58.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
51.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
48  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
45.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
34  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
X-Plane 10.25
low 1024x768
71.7  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
41.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
22  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low 1024x768
58.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
55.9  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
44.7  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
33.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Battlefield 4
low 1024x768
93  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
81.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
73.9  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
38.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Saints Row IV
low 1280x720
49.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
43.4  fps      Compare