AMD Radeon R9 290X Review: Welcome To Hawaii

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AMD Radeon R9 290X Review: Welcome To HawaiiAMD has launched their new top-end Radeon R9 290X graphics card today. The new flagship wasn't ready in time for AMD's recent October 8th launch of midrange product, but the new top of the line model, based on the GPU codenamed Hawaii, is ready now. The R9 290 series GPU (Hawaii) is comprised of up to 44 compute units with a total of 2,816 IEEE-2008 compliant shaders. The GPU has four geometry processors (2x the Radeon HD 7970) and can output 64 pixels per clock.

The card's 4GB of GDDR5 memory is accessed by the GPU via a wide 512-bit interface and the R290X requires a pair of supplemental PCIe power connectors-one 6-pin and one 8-pin. Save for some minimum frame rate and frame latency issues, the new Radeon R9 290X's performance is impressive overall.

AMD still has some obvious driver tuning and optimization to do, but frame rates across the board were very good and easily rival NVIDIA's high-end offering...

AMD Radeon R9 290X Review: Welcome To Hawaii

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

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Oct 24 2013 7:25 AM

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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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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RiCoFrost replied on Thu, Oct 24 2013 6:27 PM

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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realneil replied on Thu, Oct 24 2013 9:08 PM

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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MMaddox replied on Fri, Oct 25 2013 3:21 PM

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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