AMD Radeon R9 M290X vs AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

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 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 M290XAMD 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 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 (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 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 (compare) 640 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X (compare) 640 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
CodenameNeptuneNeptune CF
ArchitectureGCNGCN
1280 - 2560 -
Core850 - 900 (Boost) MHz850 - 900 (Boost) MHz
Memory4800 MHz4800 MHz
Bus256 Bit2x 256 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB2x 4096 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0
Transistors2800 Million2x 2800 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 x16
Size
Introduced07.01.2014 01.03.2014
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
17182 Points (28%)
22183 Points (36%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
33147 Points (18%)
71977 Points (39%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
4793 Points (18%)
8176 Points (31%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
5294 Points (13%)
10551 Points (26%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
125311 Points (17%)
284150 Points (38%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
6859 points (20%)
11503 points (33%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
6817 points (13%)
14147 points (28%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
62 fps (23%)
122.1 fps (45%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
88.8 fps (40%)
150 fps (67%)
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 M290X
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M290X → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire → 142%

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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%
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60  fps
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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
118%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
60.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48  fps
119%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
57.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
45.3  fps
126%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
57  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
34  fps
153%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
52.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
71.7  fps
99%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
70.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
41.4  fps
104%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
43.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
22  fps
98%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
21.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
16.4  fps
104%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
17  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
58.6  fps
91%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
53.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
55.9  fps
90%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
50.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
44.7  fps
84%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
37.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.2  fps
82%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
27.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
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100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
93  fps
164%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
152.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
81.6  fps
162%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
132.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
73.9  fps
163%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
120.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
38.7  fps
199%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
77.2  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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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:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.2  fps
136%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
67  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
43.4  fps
129%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
55.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
38.7  fps
130%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
50.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
35.2  fps
138%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
48.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
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Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
118.2  fps
101%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
119.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
115.2  fps
101%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
116.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
102.6  fps
107%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
109.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
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GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
129.5  fps
149%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
192.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
90  fps
149%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
134  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
86  fps
138%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
119  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60.3  fps
180%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
108.3  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
84  fps
116%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
97.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
77.4  fps
119%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
91.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
134%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
80.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.1  fps
159%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
52.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
164.6  fps
105%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
173.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
140  fps
109%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
152.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
124.7  fps
117%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
145.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
46.8  fps
182%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
85  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
287.5  fps
132%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
379.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
193.9  fps
182%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
353.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
137.3  fps
216%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
295.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
62.7  fps
203%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
127.2  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
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Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
107.8  fps
112%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
120.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
72.8  fps
148%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
107.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48.2  fps
180%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
86.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
22.8  fps
167%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
38  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
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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
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
61.9  fps
131%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
81.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
29  fps
187%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
54.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
123%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
73.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
56.3  fps
124%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
69.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.4  fps
126%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
62.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
37.3  fps
160%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
59.5  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
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:
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Average Gaming AMD Radeon R9 M290X → 100%

Average Gaming AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire → 136%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)