Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 (2014) Tablet Review

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Performance: Graphics & Gaming

For those of you who skipped directly to this page, you get a pass -- we were just as anxious as you to find out how the Fire HDX 8.9 would hold up in gaming benchmarks, especially since that was a weak spot of the Fire HD 7. Just promise us you'll go back and read the rest of the review after digesting the following benchmarks. Deal? Let's get started then.

Graphics testing
iOS and Android Graphics testing

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 T-Rex

Keeping the good times rolling, the Fire HDX 8.9 takes the No. 3 spot again, this time by posting 42.1 frames per second. That's a fair distance away from the 60+fps scored by both NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet and Apple's iPad Air 2, though it's also nearly twice as fast as most of the other competition.

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 Fillrate

We had a feeling the Fire HDX 8.9 was making a move to the top, and it finally managed to race ahead of the competition in GFXBench's Offscreen Fill test. It's not a minor victory, either -- it managed to put a bit of distance between it and the iPad Air 2, and posted a convincing win over the SHIELD Tablet.

Graphics and Gaming
Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 3DMark

Things settled back to normal in 3DMark, which has the Fire HDX 8.9 sitting in third place behind the iPad Air 2 and SHIELD Tablet. That's not a bad place to be, proving that Amazon's top-end tablet can handle some enthusiast-level grunt work.

Looking beyond the benchmarks, we tested a handful of games with the Fire HDX 8.9 and can confirm that it's a solid gaming tablet, and not just for casual titles like Angry Birds. We fired up some racing titles like Fast and Furious, and the Fire HDX 8.9 handled them with ease. Outside of evaluating benchmark numbers, you'd be hard pressed to discern a difference in performance between this and higher performing tablets.

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