The AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card waited with high expectations. The strongest Volcanic Islands layout is the only (so far) new design based on the Hawaii Core (XT). Does the chip provide the highest performance in high resolutions? Did you pass the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780? You will find out from our extensive test on
The Radeon R9 290X, with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and a 1000 MHz clock core, is unquestionably the single most powerful graphics chip that AMD has to offer. Compared to the weaker Radeon R9 280X, which is the successor to the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, the number of shaders (up to 2816), texture units (up to 176) and ROP units (up to 64) has increased, and 512-bit memory interface has been added. How does the specification translate into performance?
The AMD Radeon R9 290X is a good value for money ratio. The most common is between GeForce GTX 780 and Titan, although it is the cheapest of all three. The latest games are almost flawless – not only in Full HD, but also at 2560 x 1440 and – at the expense of image detail in the most demanding titles like Crysis 3 – 3840 x 2160. The card seems to be a good choice for demanding computer game enthusiasts, especially since comparable competition from Nvidia is more expensive, although reshuffles may occur in November (likely GTX 780 and Titana).
The Radeon R9 290X also has a couple of trumps, including two modes (Quiet Mode and Uber Mode), which allow users to customize the card to suit their needs (the first offers quieter performance but lower performance and the second extracts full power from the card). And AMD TrueAudio (better sound quality) and AMD Mantle (higher visual experience and performance). Unfortunately, these modern solutions we are not able to verify yet – with the first we will see in games announced for 2014 (eg. Lichdom) and the other we will check in December of this year in Battlefield 4.