AMD Radeon R9 M290X vs AMD Radeon R9 M295X

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 M295X

► remove AMD Radeon R9 M295X

The AMD Radeon R9 M295X is a mobile graphics card that first appeared in the 5K iMac Late 2014 as an upgrade to the Radeon R9 M290X in the base model. The M295X is based on the new Tonga chip and therfore used the third generation of the GCN architecture. The power consumption should be between 100 Watt (like the 780M) to 125 Watts (680MX).

Our gaming benchmarks in the 5K iMac position the M295X usually somewhere between a Geforce GTX 880M to 970M. For demanding games in 5K however, the performance is not enough.

AMD Radeon R9 M290XAMD Radeon R9 M295X
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon R9 M200 Series
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire (compare) 2560 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X 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 (compare) 2560 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X 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
CodenameNeptuneTonga
ArchitectureGCNGCN 3
1280 - 2048 -
Core850 - 900 (Boost) MHz850 (Boost) MHz
Memory4800 MHz5448 MHz
Bus256 Bit256 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 12_0), 5.0
Transistors2800 Million5000 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 16.10.2014
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
17182 Points (28%)
min: 17182     avg: 20238     median: 21221 (34%)     max: 22311 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
33147 Points (18%)
min: 32639     avg: 38132     median: 38132 (21%)     max: 43625 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
4793 Points (18%)
min: 5727     avg: 5930.3     median: 5941 (22%)     max: 6123 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
5294 Points (13%)
min: 6414     avg: 6590.5     median: 6590 (16%)     max: 6767 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
125311 Points (17%)
min: 91716     avg: 181720     median: 181720 (24%)     max: 271724 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
6859 points (20%)
min: 7943     avg: 8729.5     median: 8729 (25%)     max: 9516 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
6817 points (13%)
min: 8234     avg: 8850.5     median: 8850 (17%)     max: 9467 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
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%)
125.9 fps (56%)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
179 fps (32%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
5205 Points (19%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M290X → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M295X → 117%

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

low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
94.3  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
62.5  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
36.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
17.1  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon R9 M295X:
14  fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
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low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
226.5  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
103.3  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
68.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
43  fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
110.3  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
94.3  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
58.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
38.9  fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
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Evolve

Evolve

2015
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
132.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
89.4  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
61  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
53.3  fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
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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
74%
Radeon R9 M295X:
53.5 142 ~ 98 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
94.7  fps
51%
Radeon R9 M295X:
48.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
42.4  fps
104%
Radeon R9 M295X:
37.3 51 ~ 44 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
27.6  fps
120%
Radeon R9 M295X:
30.7 35.2 ~ 33 fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Radeon R9 M295X:
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Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
76.1  fps
89%
Radeon R9 M295X:
67.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
70.7  fps
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
70.4  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.1  fps
93%
Radeon R9 M295X:
45.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
41.4  fps
94%
Radeon R9 M295X:
38.9  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
44.7  fps
79%
Radeon R9 M295X:
35.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
39  fps
84%
Radeon R9 M295X:
32.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
24.4  fps
109%
Radeon R9 M295X:
26.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
18.1  fps
86%
Radeon R9 M295X:
15.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
75.1  fps
141%
Radeon R9 M295X:
105.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
54.8  fps
132%
Radeon R9 M295X:
72.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
54  fps
91%
Radeon R9 M295X:
48.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.8  fps
94%
Radeon R9 M295X:
31.9  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
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
Radeon R9 M295X:
119  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
100  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
86  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
70  fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
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
121%
Radeon R9 M295X:
100.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
76.1  fps
91%
Radeon R9 M295X:
69.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
43.3  fps
96%
Radeon R9 M295X:
41.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
39.2  fps
96%
Radeon R9 M295X:
37.8  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
140.4  fps
94%
Radeon R9 M295X:
102.3 161.4 ~ 132 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
120.5  fps
74%
Radeon R9 M295X:
89.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
73.4  fps
95%
Radeon R9 M295X:
59 81.2 ~ 70 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
57.1  fps
103%
Radeon R9 M295X:
50.4 67 ~ 59 fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
151  fps
87%
Radeon R9 M295X:
131.9  fps
med. 1344x756
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
102.8  fps
92%
Radeon R9 M295X:
94.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
50.8  fps
114%
Radeon R9 M295X:
58  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
37.1  fps
120%
Radeon R9 M295X:
44.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
194.4  fps
102%
Radeon R9 M295X:
199  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
184.9  fps
102%
Radeon R9 M295X:
188.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
111.3  fps
94%
Radeon R9 M295X:
104.2  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon R9 M295X:
57.9  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
111.6  fps
155%
Radeon R9 M295X:
173.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
81.6  fps
115%
Radeon R9 M295X:
93.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
59.7  fps
111%
Radeon R9 M295X:
66  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
57  fps
106%
Radeon R9 M295X:
60.4  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
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
78%
Radeon R9 M295X:
164.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
112.6  fps
78%
Radeon R9 M295X:
88.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
95.7  fps
66%
Radeon R9 M295X:
63  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
62  fps
85%
Radeon R9 M295X:
52.7  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
55.3  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M295X:
46  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
33.9 41.5 ~ 38 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
25.1 31.2 ~ 28 fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
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
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
51.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48  fps
110%
Radeon R9 M295X:
52.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
45.3  fps
113%
Radeon R9 M295X:
51.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
34  fps
95%
Radeon R9 M295X:
32.2  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
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
Radeon R9 M295X:
30  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M295X:
30  fps
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
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
113%
Radeon R9 M295X:
105.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
81.6  fps
114%
Radeon R9 M295X:
93.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
73.9  fps
121%
Radeon R9 M295X:
89.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
38.7  fps
103%
Radeon R9 M295X:
39.9  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon R9 M295X:
21.7  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
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:
»
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
114%
Radeon R9 M295X:
95.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
77.4  fps
112%
Radeon R9 M295X:
86.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
119%
Radeon R9 M295X:
71.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.1  fps
129%
Radeon R9 M295X:
42.6  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
164.6  fps
107%
Radeon R9 M295X:
175.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
140  fps
106%
Radeon R9 M295X:
148.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
124.7  fps
114%
Radeon R9 M295X:
142  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
46.8  fps
140%
Radeon R9 M295X:
65.4  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
287.5  fps
96%
Radeon R9 M295X:
277.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
193.9  fps
89%
Radeon R9 M295X:
172.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
137.3  fps
81%
Radeon R9 M295X:
110.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
62.7  fps
97%
Radeon R9 M295X:
61.1  fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
»
Radeon R9 M295X:
»
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
107.8  fps
116%
Radeon R9 M295X:
116.8 134 ~ 125 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
72.8  fps
117%
Radeon R9 M295X:
85  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48.2  fps
124%
Radeon R9 M295X:
59.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
22.8  fps
136%
Radeon R9 M295X:
27.9 33.9 ~ 31 fps
Radeon R9 M290X:
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Radeon R9 M295X:
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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:
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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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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)