AMD Radeon R9 M290X vs AMD Radeon R9 M275

AMD Radeon R9 M290X

► remove AMD Radeon R9 M290X

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 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 M290XAMD Radeon R9 M275
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 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 (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 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
CodenameNeptune
ArchitectureGCNGCN
1280 - 640 -
Core850 - 900 (Boost) MHz925 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 01.08.2014
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...

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
17182 Points (28%)
5652 Points (9%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
33147 Points (18%)
11459 Points (6%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
4793 Points (18%)
1603 Points (6%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
5294 Points (13%)
1885 Points (5%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
125311 Points (17%)
58686 Points (8%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
6859 points (20%)
3182 points (9%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
6817 points (13%)
3261 points (6%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M275
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%)
37.4 fps (17%)
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
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M275
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M275
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M275

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M290X → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M275 → 76%

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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:
»
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:
»
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:
»
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:
»
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
38%
Radeon R9 M275:
81.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
112.6  fps
38%
Radeon R9 M275:
42.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
95.7  fps
32%
Radeon R9 M275:
31.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
62  fps
30%
Radeon R9 M275:
18.7  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M275:
»
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:
»
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
51.1  fps
52%
Radeon R9 M275:
26.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48  fps
47%
Radeon R9 M275:
22.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
45.3  fps
43%
Radeon R9 M275:
19.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
34  fps
31%
Radeon R9 M275:
10.5  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M275:
»
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:
»
Fifa 14

Fifa 14

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M275:
200.3  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M275:
113.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M275:
106.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M275:
74.2  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
»
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:
»
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:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M275:
39.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M275:
34.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M275:
23.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M275:
9.7  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
»
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
45%
Radeon R9 M275:
38  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
77.4  fps
38%
Radeon R9 M275:
29.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
44%
Radeon R9 M275:
26.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.1  fps
40%
Radeon R9 M275:
13.4  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M275:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
164.6  fps
54%
Radeon R9 M275:
88.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
140  fps
37%
Radeon R9 M275:
52  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
124.7  fps
34%
Radeon R9 M275:
42.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
46.8  fps
31%
Radeon R9 M275:
14.4  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M275:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
287.5  fps
43%
Radeon R9 M275:
122.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
193.9  fps
32%
Radeon R9 M275:
62.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
137.3  fps
32%
Radeon R9 M275:
44.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
62.7  fps
40%
Radeon R9 M275:
25.2  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M275:
»
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:
»
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
67%
Radeon R9 M275:
40  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
56.3  fps
65%
Radeon R9 M275:
36.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.4  fps
42%
Radeon R9 M275:
20.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
37.3  fps
28%
Radeon R9 M275:
10.5  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M275:
»
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

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

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
Radeon R9 M275:
82.7  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon R9 M275:
75.6  fps
high 1360x768
Radeon R9 M275:
50.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M275:
30.3  fps
Radeon R9 M275:
»

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