AMD Radeon R9 290X Review: Welcome To Hawaii

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Bioshock Infinite Performance

Bioshock Infinite
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Bioshock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is clear game-of-the-year material. The floating city of Columbia is one of the most evocative, intense, and gorgeous environments we've ever seen in a PC game -- but how much you like it may depend on what sort of visual wizardry you prefer. BioShock Infinite is built on Unreal Engine 3, and while it pushes that framework's capabilities into the stratosphere, there's a clear difference between BioShock Infinite and, say, Crysis 3. BioShock Infinite emphasizes light, color and motion, and while the characters look more exaggerated and cartoon-like than some other games, they still look great. We tested the game at various resolutions with its DX11 code path with DOF effects enabled.

The GeForce GTX 780 and GTX Titan overtake the Radeon R9 290X in the Bioshock Infinite benchmark, at both resolutions. The Radeon R9 290X isn't too far behind the GeForce GTX 780, however.

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Once again though, we saw some issues with frame latency with the Radeon R9 290X. In this game, there are a number of instances where frametimes spike considerably. We suspect AMD still has some drive tuning to do, considering the 290X is based on a brand new GPU with a redesigned memory controller.

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