AMD Radeon R9 M290X vs AMD Radeon R9 M270

AMD Radeon R9 M290X

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The AMD Radeon R9 M290X is a 28nm DirectX 12 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.

AMD Radeon R9 M270

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The AMD Radeon R9 M270 is an upper mid-range, DirectX 12-capable graphics card for notebooks. It is manufactured in 28nm and based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD. The R9 M270 is probably just a renamed Radeon HD 8870M with 640 shader units (725 - 775 MHz) and up to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (1125 MHz / 4500 MHz effective).

According to this information (not yet officially confirmed), the performance of the R9 M270 should exactly match its predecessor. Thus, the GPU should be somewhat slower than a Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M

Please note: The technical specifications and clock rates are based on speculation and have not been verified by the manufacturer. The R9 M270 has been first seen in the Lenovo Y40.

AMD Radeon R9 M290XAMD Radeon R9 M270
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon R9 M200 Series
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire (compare) 2560 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X (compare) 2048 @ 850 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X 1280 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M280X (compare) 896 @ 900 - 1000 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5500 MHz
Radeon R9 M275 (compare) 640 @ 925 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M270 640 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X (compare) 640 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire (compare) 2560 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X (compare) 2048 @ 850 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X 1280 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M280X (compare) 896 @ 900 - 1000 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5500 MHz
Radeon R9 M275 (compare) 640 @ 925 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M270 640 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X (compare) 640 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
CodenameNeptune
ArchitectureGCNGCN
1280 - 640 -
Core850 - 900 (Boost) MHz725 MHz
Memory4800 MHz4500 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0
Transistors2800 Million1500 Million
Technology28 nm28 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 x16OpenCL 1.2
Size
Introduced07.01.2014 01.04.2014
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
17182 Points (28%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
33147 Points (18%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
4793 Points (18%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
5294 Points (13%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
125311 Points (17%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
6859 points (20%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
6817 points (13%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
62 fps (23%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
88.8 fps (40%)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M290X → 100%

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

The Crew

The Crew

2014
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
59.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
59.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
40.5  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
132.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
94.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
42.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
27.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
76.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
70.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
41.4  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
44.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
39  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
24.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
18.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
75.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
54.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
54  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.8  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
152.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
76.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
44  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
56.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
55  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
41.8  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
83.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
76.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
43.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
39.2  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
140.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
120.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
73.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
57.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
151  fps
med. 1344x756
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
102.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
50.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
37.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
194.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
184.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
111.3  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
111.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
81.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
59.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
57  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
97.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
58.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
39.7  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
211.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
112.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
95.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
62  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Titanfall

Titanfall

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
58.9  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
51.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
45.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
34  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
71.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
41.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
22  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
16.4  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
58.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
55.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
44.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.2  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
93  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
81.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
73.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
38.7  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
43.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
38.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
35.2  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
118.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
115.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
102.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
129.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
90  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
86  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60.3  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
84  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
77.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
164.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
140  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
124.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
46.8  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
287.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
193.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
137.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
62.7  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
107.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
72.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
22.8  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
61.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
29  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
56.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
37.3  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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