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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 (compare) 2048 @ 1000 MHz384 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon R9 270X (compare) 1280 @ 1050 MHz256 Bit @ 5600 MHz
CodenameHawaii XT
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines2816 - unified
Core Speed1000 MHz
Memory Speed5000 MHz
Memory Bus Width512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_0)
Transistor Count6200 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...

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
42.2 pt (44%)
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
4003 Points (369%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 250909     avg: 324391.5     median: 332041.5 (154%)     max: 382574 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 264357     avg: 314723.5     median: 314723.5 (211%)     max: 365090 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 19397     avg: 22992     median: 22197 (121%)     max: 27382 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 71039     avg: 73934.7     median: 73987 (240%)     max: 76778 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 9108     avg: 9768.8     median: 9835 (234%)     max: 10297 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 11425     avg: 11714.3     median: 11717 (273%)     max: 11998 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 289088     avg: 330582.7     median: 291067 (146%)     max: 411593 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 12356     avg: 13376.5     median: 13415 (203%)     max: 14320 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 15974     avg: 16166     median: 16167.5 (252%)     max: 16355 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD DirectX 1920x1080
64.2 fps (183%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
140 fps (260%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
111 fps (215%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 214     avg: 220     median: 220 (100%)     max: 226 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
210 fps (196%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
61.9 fps (103%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
8217 Points (231%)
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

ultra 1920x1080
43.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
4K 3820x2160
124  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
60.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
30.5  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
24.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
For Honor

For Honor

2017
ultra 1920x1080
76.5  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
33.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
47.8  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
23.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
86  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
47.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
103  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
61  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
4K 3840x2160
95  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
39.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
96  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
55  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
51  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Mafia 3

Mafia 3

2016
high 1920x1080
37  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
high 1920x1080
61.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
33.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
high 1920x1080
80.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
65.9  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
28.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
high 1920x1080
198  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
97  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
65.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
med. 1920x1080
67.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
62.2  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
26.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
ultra 1920x1080
61  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
32.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
58  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
32.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
50.7  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
29.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
149  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
102  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
65  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
50.5  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
27.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
186  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
159  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
118  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
104  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
43.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
78  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
75  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
64  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
5  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
26.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Fallout 4

Fallout 4

2015
low 1280x720
159  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
135  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
84  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
64  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
31.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
140  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
132  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
90  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
67  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
31.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 2205

Anno 2205

2015
low 1024x768
170  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
126  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
66  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
26  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
26.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
FIFA 16

FIFA 16

2015
low 1280x720
267  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
256  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
206  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
128  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
134  fps    + Compare
4K 3840 x 2160
57.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
60  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
60  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
59.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
59.5  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
46.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Mad Max

Mad Max

2015
med. 1366x768
240  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
138  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
119  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
47.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
136  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
84  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
114  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
101  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
72  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
25  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
179  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
123  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
75  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
28.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
441  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
163  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
137  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
97.4  fps    + Compare
4K 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
4K 3840x2160
51.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
176  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
179  fps    + Compare