AMD Radeon R9 290X Review: Welcome To Hawaii - HotHardware

AMD Radeon R9 290X Review: Welcome To Hawaii

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Sleeping Dogs
DX11 Gaming Performance


Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs is an open-world game in which you play the role of Wei Shen, an undercover cop trying to take down the Triads from the inside. In the game, you have to fight your way up in the organization and take part in various criminal activities without blowing your cover. We tested Sleeping Dogs at two resolutions, with all in-game graphical options set to their maximum values with FXAA enabled.



Sleeping Dogs ran very well on the new Radeon R9 290X, as the card put up some of the best minimum and average frame rates we have seen in this game to date, besting the GeForce GTX 780 and GTX Titan in the process.


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The Radeon R9 290X, however, did show some significant spikes in frametime in this game as well, but the spikes typically stayed below the 30ms mark, which wasn't immediately perceptible during the benchmark runs.
 

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Comparable/Slightly better than a 780.. $100 cheaper.

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That's the general synopsis, yes and what's impressive is they also do it with a significantly small die size, which is how they get to that lower cost. That said, AMD needs to work a little more on refining cooling, acoustics and occasional frame latency.

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Well for sure cards manufacturers will take care of optimizing the reference cooler and other things.

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I am impressed. Very impressed. If AMD can do this card justice and get stable drivers developed (ATI never seemed to ger it done consistently), I would consider this card in my next build. The one and only time I went ATI for my gpu I had major driver issues.

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It is impressive however I will wait as I feel the noise of the card is far to loud. Reports are saying 42dbs quiet and 50dbs umber. I am hoping that they will come out with better coolers which will run lower temps (I know its fine but still) and quieter fans.

G-sync also looks impressive so I will be holding off for a few months, I take it that NVidia will drop the price on 780's shortly.

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Great review Marco.

More performance for a lower price. I like that.

As for the noise, AMD partners will have quiet cooling solutions on the market before too long. Hopefully, the costs will not be too much more than ~this~ is.

I guess that the ball is in NVDIA's court now. Let the price wars begin! Ha-Ha!

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it's nice to see some actual competition between Nvidia and AMD. Can't wait to see how they both decide to push the envelope from here.

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I want a 770 but the 280X is $100 but I really dislike the Radeon drivers.

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