AMD Radeon R9 M275 vs AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

AMD Radeon R9 M275

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The AMD Radeon R9 M275 is a 28 nm DirectX 12 graphics card based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Built primarily for large laptops, the card is positioned in the upper mid-range category as of 2014. Compared to the old Radeon HD 8870M, the R9 M275 offers a higher core clock speed of up to 925 MHz, while the memory clock stays at 1125 MHz (GDDR5, 4500 MHz). However, some notebook manufactures will choose sligthly slower memory (often 1000 MHz / 4000 MHz effective).

The design of the Radeon R9 M275 has its roots to the Cape Verde chip as found, for example, on the desktop Radeon HD 7770 with 640 1D shader cores and 40 texture units. The core clock of the 8870M, however, is only 925 MHz versus the 1000 MHz of the HD 7770.  

As a result, general performance of the R9 M275 is somewhat below the HD 7770 desktop card or the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M. Most games of 2014 can be played fluently in high detail settings and resolutions, some older titels even with additional AA/AF. In some very demanding titels like Battlefield 4, medium settings and a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels may be necessary for sufficient frame rates.

The 640 shader cores can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 10 compute units).

Features of the R9 series include video decoding via UVD3 for decoding MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly from the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are now compatible as well.

The Radeon R9 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 M275 can directly support up to 6 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games.

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 R9 M275 should be around 60 W. Therefore, the GPU is only suited for larger laptops and DTRs.

AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

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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 DirectX 12 (FL 11_1) 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.

AMD Radeon R9 M275AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon R9 M200 Series
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire 2560 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X (compare) 2048 @ 850 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X (compare) 1280 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M280X (compare) 896 @ 900 - 1000 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5500 MHz
Radeon R9 M275 640 @ 925 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M270 (compare) 640 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X (compare) 640 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire 2560 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X (compare) 2048 @ 850 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X (compare) 1280 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M280X (compare) 896 @ 900 - 1000 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5500 MHz
Radeon R9 M275 640 @ 925 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M270 (compare) 640 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X (compare) 640 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
ArchitectureGCNGCN
640 - 2560 -
Core925 MHz850 - 900 (Boost) MHz
Memory4500 MHz4800 MHz
Bus128 Bit2x 256 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB2x 4096 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0
Transistors1500 Million2x 2800 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.2
Size
Introduced01.08.2014 01.03.2014
CodenameNeptune CF

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
145646 Points (27%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
43808 Points (6%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
5652 Points (8%)
22183 Points (33%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
11459 Points (6%)
71977 Points (37%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
1603 Points (6%)
8176 Points (29%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
1885 Points (5%)
10551 Points (26%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
58686 Points (8%)
284150 Points (38%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
3182 points (9%)
11503 points (33%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
3261 points (6%)
14147 points (28%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
122 fps (45%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
37.4 fps (16%)
150 fps (64%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
Tcvis 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
Maya 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
Lightwave 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
Ensight 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
Catia 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M275
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M275
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M275

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M275 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire → 252%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
81.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
42.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
31.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
18.7  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
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Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
26.8  fps
225%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
60.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
22.6  fps
254%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
57.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
19.3  fps
295%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
57  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
10.5  fps
496%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
52.1  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
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Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
70.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
43.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
21.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
17  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
53.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
50.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
37.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
27.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
152.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
132.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
120.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
77.2  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
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F1 2013

F1 2013

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
118  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
98  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
96  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
86  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
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Fifa 14

Fifa 14

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
200.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
113.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
106.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
74.2  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
»
low 1280x720
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
67  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
55.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
50.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
48.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
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Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
119.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
116.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
109.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
39.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
34.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
23.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
9.7  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
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GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
192.9  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
134  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
119  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
108.3  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
38  fps
256%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
97.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
29.7  fps
309%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
91.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
26.3  fps
305%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
80.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
13.4  fps
393%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
52.6  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
»
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
88.2  fps
197%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
173.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
52  fps
293%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
152.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
42.8  fps
340%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
145.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
14.4  fps
590%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
85  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
»
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
122.5  fps
309%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
379.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
62.9  fps
562%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
353.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
44.1  fps
671%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
295.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
25.2  fps
505%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
127.2  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
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Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
120.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
107.7  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
86.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
38  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
106.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
102.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
81.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
54.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
40  fps
185%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
73.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
36.5  fps
191%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
69.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
20.7  fps
300%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
62.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
10.5  fps
567%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
59.5  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
»
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
52.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
36.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
32.9  fps
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
135.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
70.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
44.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
21.1  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
»
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
82.7  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
75.6  fps
high 1360x768
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
50.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M275:
30.3  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
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Average Gaming AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire → 362%

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