AMD Radeon R9 M295X vs AMD Radeon R9 M290X

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

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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 M295XAMD Radeon R9 M290X
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon R9 M200 Series
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire compare 2560 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X 2048 @ 0.85 GHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X 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 compare 2560 @ 0.85 - 0.9 GHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon R9 M295X 2048 @ 0.85 GHz256 Bit @ 5448 MHz
Radeon R9 M290X 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
ArchitectureGCN 3GCN
Pipelines2048 - unified1280 - unified
Core Speed850 (Boost) MHz850 - 900 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed5448 MHz4800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_0), Shader 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), Shader 5.0
Transistors5000 Million2800 Million
technology28 nm28 nm
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement16.10.2014 07.01.2014
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
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
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...

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
16.7 pt (17%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 17182     avg: 20238     median: 21221 (28%)     max: 22311 Points
17182 Points (23%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 32639     avg: 38132     median: 38132 (19%)     max: 43625 Points
33147 Points (16%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 5727     avg: 5930     median: 5941 (15%)     max: 6123 Points
4793 Points (12%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 6414     avg: 6591     median: 6590.5 (13%)     max: 6767 Points
5294 Points (11%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 91716     avg: 181720     median: 181720 (24%)     max: 271724 Points
125311 Points (17%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 7943     avg: 8730     median: 8729.5 (23%)     max: 9516 Points
6859 Points (18%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 8234     avg: 8851     median: 8850.5 (15%)     max: 9467 Points
6817 Points (12%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
62 fps (21%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
126 fps (24%)
88.8 fps (17%)
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon R9 M295X
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=11

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R9 M290X → 79% n=11

- 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
The Crew

The Crew

2014
low 1280x720
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
59.9  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
59.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
40.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
53.5 142 ~ 98 fps
135%
Radeon R9 M290X:
132.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
48.3  fps
196%
Radeon R9 M290X:
94.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
37.3 51 ~ 44 fps
96%
Radeon R9 M290X:
42.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
30.7 35.2 ~ 33 fps
84%
Radeon R9 M290X:
27.6  fps
Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
67.7  fps
112%
Radeon R9 M290X:
76.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
70.4  fps
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
70.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
45.9  fps
107%
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
38.9  fps
106%
Radeon R9 M290X:
41.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
35.1  fps
127%
Radeon R9 M290X:
44.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
32.7  fps
119%
Radeon R9 M290X:
39  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
26.6  fps
92%
Radeon R9 M290X:
24.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
15.6  fps
116%
Radeon R9 M290X:
18.1  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
105.9  fps
71%
Radeon R9 M290X:
75.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
72.6  fps
75%
Radeon R9 M290X:
54.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
48.9  fps
110%
Radeon R9 M290X:
54  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
31.9  fps
106%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.8  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
152.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
76.5  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
48.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
44  fps
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
119  fps
0%
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
100  fps
0%
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
86  fps
0%
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
70  fps
0%
Radeon R9 M290X:
0 (!)  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
56.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
55  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
41.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
100.7  fps
83%
Radeon R9 M290X:
83.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
69.2  fps
110%
Radeon R9 M290X:
76.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
41.7  fps
104%
Radeon R9 M290X:
43.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
37.8  fps
104%
Radeon R9 M290X:
39.2  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
102.3 161.4 ~ 132 fps
106%
Radeon R9 M290X:
140.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
89.3  fps
135%
Radeon R9 M290X:
120.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
59 81.2 ~ 70 fps
105%
Radeon R9 M290X:
73.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
50.4 67 ~ 59 fps
97%
Radeon R9 M290X:
57.1  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
131.9  fps
114%
Radeon R9 M290X:
151  fps
med. 1344x756
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
94.8  fps
108%
Radeon R9 M290X:
102.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
58  fps
88%
Radeon R9 M290X:
50.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
44.6  fps
83%
Radeon R9 M290X:
37.1  fps
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
199  fps
98%
Radeon R9 M290X:
194.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
188.3  fps
98%
Radeon R9 M290X:
184.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
104.2  fps
107%
Radeon R9 M290X:
111.3  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
57.9  fps
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
173.1  fps
64%
Radeon R9 M290X:
111.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
93.8  fps
87%
Radeon R9 M290X:
81.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
66  fps
90%
Radeon R9 M290X:
59.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
60.4  fps
94%
Radeon R9 M290X:
57  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
97.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
58.1  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
39.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
164.8  fps
128%
Radeon R9 M290X:
211.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
88.3  fps
128%
Radeon R9 M290X:
112.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
63  fps
152%
Radeon R9 M290X:
95.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
52.7  fps
118%
Radeon R9 M290X:
62  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
Titanfall

Titanfall

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

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
51.2  fps
100%
Radeon R9 M290X:
51.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
52.7  fps
91%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
51.3  fps
88%
Radeon R9 M290X:
45.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
32.2  fps
106%
Radeon R9 M290X:
34  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
71.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
41.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
22  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
16.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
30  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
30  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
58.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
55.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
44.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.2  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
105.2  fps
88%
Radeon R9 M290X:
93  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
93.4  fps
87%
Radeon R9 M290X:
81.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
89.2  fps
83%
Radeon R9 M290X:
73.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
39.9  fps
97%
Radeon R9 M290X:
38.7  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
21.7  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon R9 M290X:
49.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
43.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
38.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
35.2  fps
Dota 2

Dota 2

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

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
129.5  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
90  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R9 M290X:
86  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R9 M290X:
60.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
95.9  fps
88%
Radeon R9 M290X:
84  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
86.8  fps
89%
Radeon R9 M290X:
77.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
71.2  fps
84%
Radeon R9 M290X:
60  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
42.6  fps
78%
Radeon R9 M290X:
33.1  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
175.6  fps
94%
Radeon R9 M290X:
164.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
148.4  fps
94%
Radeon R9 M290X:
140  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
142  fps
88%
Radeon R9 M290X:
124.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
65.4  fps
72%
Radeon R9 M290X:
46.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
277.1  fps
104%
Radeon R9 M290X:
287.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
172.6  fps
112%
Radeon R9 M290X:
193.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
110.9  fps
124%
Radeon R9 M290X:
137.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
61.1  fps
103%
Radeon R9 M290X:
62.7  fps
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
116.8 134 ~ 125 fps
86%
Radeon R9 M290X:
107.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
85  fps
86%
Radeon R9 M290X:
72.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
59.9  fps
80%
Radeon R9 M290X:
48.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R9 M295X:
27.9 33.9 ~ 31 fps
74%
Radeon R9 M290X:
22.8  fps
Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

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

Average Gaming AMD Radeon R9 M295X → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming AMD Radeon R9 M290X → 95%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 97%

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