AMD Radeon R9 290 Review: Hawaii Just Got Cheaper - HotHardware

AMD Radeon R9 290 Review: Hawaii Just Got Cheaper

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Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike
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Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike

Fire Strike has two benchmark modes: Normal mode runs in 1920x1080, while Extreme mode targets 2560x1440. GPU target frame buffer utilization for normal mode is 1GB and the benchmark uses tessellation, ambient occlusion, volume illumination, and a medium-quality depth of field filter. The more taxing Extreme mode targets 1.5GB of frame buffer memory and increases detail levels across the board. Extreme mode is explicitly designed for CrossFire / SLI systems. GT 1 focuses on geometry and illumination, with over 100 shadow casting spot lights, 140 non-shadow casting point lights, and 3.9 million vertices calculated for tessellation per frame. And 80 million pixels are processed per frame. GT2 emphasizes particles and GPU simulations. Tessellation volume is reduced to 2.6 million vertices and the number of pixels processed per frame rises to 170 million.



The new Radeon R9 290 dropped right in between the GeForce GTX Titan and GeForce GTX 780 in 3DMark Fire Strike. The top-of-the-line Radeon R9 290X, however, finished at the head of pack, well ahead of every other card we tested, whether in Uber or Quiet mode.

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You didn't list the price. Well I found out its $399. An R9 for that price sounds great but its out of my price range /_\. Still waiting for the Geforce 800 series, or the Radeon equivalent.

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Perhaps you missed the part where I say, "AMD is launching the Radeon R9 290 at $399, which is $100 below the GeForce GTX 780’s just-reduced price of $499."

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Every time I have tried a radeon card I have been burned!

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I've had the same experience with Nvidia I had 3 Nvidia cards in a row suffer from memory failure within a month or so each... my last AMD worked for over 5 years before it started to fail (and I game allot!)

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The last AMD/Radeon card I had would not load all the textures in GTA iv and the game would crash plus some other issues with some other games. As soon as I got a Nvidia EVGA card all issues went away.

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Update: We have pulled our recommendation of the Radeon R9 290. We have been able to replicate the throttling issues some others have reported with certain workloads and performance of the card dipped by over 15%. We will continue to investigate and revisit the issue when we have more data and AMD has provided some insight into their plans to address the issues.

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