AMD Radeon R9 M295X vs AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

AMD Radeon R9 M295X

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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 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 M295XAMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon R9 M200 Series
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire 2560 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X 2048 @ 0.85 GHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X compare 1280 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M280X compare 896 @ 0.9 - 1 GHz128 Bit @ 5500 MHz
Radeon R9 M275 compare 640 @ 0.93 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M270 compare 640 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X compare 640 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire 2560 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X 2048 @ 0.85 GHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X compare 1280 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M280X compare 896 @ 0.9 - 1 GHz128 Bit @ 5500 MHz
Radeon R9 M275 compare 640 @ 0.93 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M270 compare 640 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon R9 M265X compare 640 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
CodenameTongaNeptune CF
ArchitectureGCN 3GCN
Pipelines2048 - unified2560 - unified
Core Speed850 (Boost) MHz850 - 900 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed5448 MHz4800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit2x 256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_0), Shader 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), Shader 5.0
Transistors5000 Million2x 2800 Million
technology28 nm28 nm
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement16.10.2014 01.03.2014
Max. Amount of Memory2x 4096 MB

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Radeon R9 M295X
22.9 pt (24%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
36.1 pt (37%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 17182     avg: 20238     median: 21221 (28%)     max: 22311 Points
22183 Points (29%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 32639     avg: 38132     median: 38132 (19%)     max: 43625 Points
71977 Points (36%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 5727     avg: 5930     median: 5941 (15%)     max: 6123 Points
8176 Points (21%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 6414     avg: 6591     median: 6590.5 (13%)     max: 6767 Points
10551 Points (21%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 91716     avg: 181720     median: 181720 (24%)     max: 271724 Points
284150 Points (38%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 7943     avg: 8730     median: 8729.5 (23%)     max: 9516 Points
11503 Points (30%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 8234     avg: 8851     median: 8850.5 (15%)     max: 9467 Points
14147 Points (24%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
122 fps (40%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
126 fps (24%)
150 fps (28%)
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
specvp12 snx-02 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
specvp12 showcase-01 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
specvp12 mediacal-01 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
specvp12 maya-04 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
specvp12 energy-01 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
specvp12 creo-01 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
specvp12 catia-04 + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
179 fps (20%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
5205 (11%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M295X → 100% n=12

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire → 131% n=12

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
94.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
62.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
36.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
17.1  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
14  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
226.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
103.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
68.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
43  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
110.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
94.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
58.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
38.9  fps
Evolve

Evolve

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

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
67.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
70.4  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
45.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
38.9  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
35.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
32.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
26.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
15.6  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
105.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
72.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
48.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
31.9  fps
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
119  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
100  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
86  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
70  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
100.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
69.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
41.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
37.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
102.3 161.4 ~ 132 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
89.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
59 81.2 ~ 70 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
50.4 67 ~ 59 fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
131.9  fps
med. 1344x756
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
94.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
58  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
44.6  fps
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
199  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
188.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
104.2  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
57.9  fps
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
173.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
93.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
66  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
60.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
164.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
88.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
63  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
52.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
55.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
46  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
33.9 41.5 ~ 38 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
25.1 31.2 ~ 28 fps
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
51.2  fps
118%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
60.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
52.7  fps
109%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
57.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
51.3  fps
111%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
57  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
32.2  fps
162%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
52.1  fps
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
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
30  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
30  fps
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
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
105.2  fps
145%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
152.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
93.4  fps
142%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
132.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
89.2  fps
135%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
120.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
39.9  fps
193%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
77.2  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
21.7  fps
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
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
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
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
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
95.9  fps
102%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
97.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
86.8  fps
106%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
91.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
71.2  fps
113%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
80.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
42.6  fps
123%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
52.6  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
175.6  fps
99%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
173.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
148.4  fps
103%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
152.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
142  fps
102%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
145.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
65.4  fps
130%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
85  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
277.1  fps
137%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
379.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
172.6  fps
205%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
353.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
110.9  fps
267%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
295.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
61.1  fps
208%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
127.2  fps
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
116.8 134 ~ 125 fps
97%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
120.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
85  fps
127%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
107.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
59.9  fps
145%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
86.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
27.9 33.9 ~ 31 fps
123%
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
38  fps
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
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
73.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
69.7  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
62.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:
59.5  fps
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

Average Gaming AMD Radeon R9 M295X → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire → 137%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 124%

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