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AMD Radeon R9-290X tested and reviewed
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Hilbert Hagedoorn
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Default AMD Radeon R9-290X tested and reviewed - 10-24-2013, 04:53 | posts: 20,759 | Location: Guru3D testlab

In this article we review the reference AMD Radeon R9-290X. We'll benchmark these cards with FCAT Frametimes, Ultra High Definition and of course, we'll check out game performance with the latest ga...

AMD Radeon R9-290X tested and reviewed
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 04:57 | posts: 210 | Location: Canada

It's here finally !!!

Cant believe the price for 290X is $549 !!!
Well Done AMD.

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Default 10-24-2013, 05:06 | posts: 271 | Location: USA,NY,Brooklyn

when does it go on sale

newegggg still saying soon
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 05:11 | posts: 23,367 | Location: Hoek van Holland, Netherlands

Great card, awesome price as well, i dont like the temperature and noise levels though. 94c and 43dba at default load levels, thats worse then the 4870x2!
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 05:11 | posts: 4,391 | Location: Romania

What an awesome card and what a low pricepoint omg! It costs like half the Tian yet performs the same!!!
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 05:12 | posts: 271 | Location: USA,NY,Brooklyn

ok im ready to buy

amd take my moneyz
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 05:26 | posts: 3,001 | Location: UK

Awesome :0
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 05:27 | posts: 1,314

Reading.
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 05:59 | posts: 1,314

Impressed. Runs very hot, though. Aftermarket coolers will be very important for this one.

Thanks for your time, Hilbert. Looks like you have been up all night or started very early.
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 06:14 | posts: 72 | Location: Blackhawk, CA

Slap a waterblock on them puppies and go to town...
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 06:30 | posts: 242 | Location: Southern Cal

Amd take my moneys, i want this now!
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 06:30 | posts: 23,898 | Location: NZ

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Great card, awesome price as well, i dont like the temperature and noise levels though. 94c and 43dba at default load levels, thats worse then the 4870x2!
That's only the reference version though.....partner cards will be a different story.
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 06:38 | posts: 536 | Location: Darwin, Australia

Reference is what im looking for anyhow considering EK already has water blocks available.
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 06:41 | posts: 23,367 | Location: Hoek van Holland, Netherlands

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That's only the reference version though.....partner cards will be a different story.
Yeah they always do, but we have only got this review so far.
Hopefully it can shave down 20c and have way lower DBA, but they wont be available until mid december right ?
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 06:43 | posts: 13,203 | Location: USA

Arctic Cooling should have coolers for this card at some point. There's your 20c temp drop.
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 06:45 | posts: 23,367 | Location: Hoek van Holland, Netherlands

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Arctic Cooling should have coolers for this card at some point. There's your 20c temp drop.
would be nice indeed. makes it on par with a reference 780 then (few degrees difference).
maybe they are even released before the custom cooled cards arive ?
Hopefully somewhat lower then prices are now though. just checked at their site and it could cost $119.95 extra. (though its a offiial price at their store so should be available cheaper at other places, on newegg its $74.99 for instance)

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Default 10-24-2013, 06:56 | posts: 13,203 | Location: USA

Well for that price you could probably hold off for an MSI Lightning or something with a custom PCB that has better cooling and power delivery with it.
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 07:04 | posts: 314

Good, good. Nvidia's pricing levels have been a little out of touch with reality lately. One of these puppies would even be an upgrade over my two 660ti, at an affordable level.
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 07:32 | posts: 4,668 | Location: Logd n jst 2 change avatar

Bravo AMD! Bravo.

A single card pulling 67 fps @ 1200p in Metro LL and a passable 50 @ 1440p

Note: 1080 and 1440p are the res i play my games at, hence my comment.


Still, waiting for Maxwell though.;P
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 07:33 | posts: 11,416 | Location: England

Awesome review. Another price/performance winner from AMD.

Got to hand it to them they are doing very well at the moment.
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 07:38 | posts: 381

That price !!!Great card,well done AMD!
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 07:40 | posts: 1,383 | Location: Inside My Thoughts..

A pure WIN for AMD. Besides those negatives points for "now", I will hold my final judgement when aftermarket/custom versions are released... And its a 500euro card!! 500!!! Oh gawd!

But for now... WHAT A CARD!! Well done.

P.S: 2 tabs split screened, one with 780 Super Jetstream and the other with 290X, actually the 780 SJ is AS fast and faster in almost all games. I know its not entirely fair, but they both were "stock" vs "stock".

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Default 10-24-2013, 07:42 | posts: 1,737 | Location: Northampton, United Kingdom

Looking good! When the Twin Frozr/Windforce/Dual X cards come out it will be a sure big seller. Titan performance for half the price? Sounds like a done deal. Early prices for us UK people looks to be 430 - 500 depending on version.
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 07:48 | posts: 61

I always liked AMD products for their price/performance ratio, since the launch of the 3800/4800 cards the pricing of their products were almost always spot on. My only problem with this card is it`s power consumption. 285w... I mean... ouch. Of course it`s not to far from the Titan`s 250w, but my oppinion is that these companies should focus a little more on performance/watt.

High end graphics cards are getting hungrier and hungrier by the day. If they keep things like this it will be not long before we see single gpu graphics cards consuming 350-400 watts.

Take the 5800 series cards for example, the 5870 consumed a little less then the 4890 yet still performed much better, it was an amazing product. Of course much of this was thanks to the 40nm tehnology, but still, i think they should stick to the 200 watt range.

But this is just my oppinion, maybe I`m just a tree huger )
   
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Default 10-24-2013, 07:49 | posts: 812 | Location: Netherlands

Wow nice job AMD. Temp are abit too high for my taste, but nonetheless the price and performance are .

@Hilbert:

Great review once again!.

The only thing im missing from your reviews is the MIN fps when benchmarking,
is there a reason you're leaving it out?
   
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