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AMD Radeon R9-290 review
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Hilbert Hagedoorn
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Default AMD Radeon R9-290 review - 11-05-2013, 04:50 | posts: 20,515 | Location: Guru3D testlab

We review the reference AMD Radeon R9-290, the product priced at 399 USD / 349 EUR is going to shock and awe in terms of price, features and performance. We'll test the card with FCAT Frametimes, Ult...

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Default 11-05-2013, 05:01 | posts: 355 | Location: Finland

Wow, 780 needs another price drop if this card is available for 350.
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 05:09 | posts: 13,004 | Location: USA

So the 290 is more or less even with the 780 in performance but for $125 less.
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 05:15 | posts: 5,457

I dont see any point in the 290x after this.
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 05:20 | posts: 318 | Location: Mississippi

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I dont see any point in the 290x after this.
This is what i'm thinking most will think as well. Same goes for the 780 honestly. Though i want to see some OCing results on better coolers. I have to see something that will be able to compete with a 780 around 1200 on the core or better. Because apparently classy's and HOF's are pretty much guaranteed to hit that or above. From what most tell me 1300+ on air is very common.

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Default 11-05-2013, 05:24 | posts: 23,799 | Location: NZ

Nice review! Slightly underwhelming OC potential though....hopefully this will improve over the next few months with mature chips...who knows.

Btw Hilbert can you list the IC's used please, some of these AIB's are still offloading Elpida's leftovers.....it would help to know which cards have them...
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 05:27 | posts: 13,004 | Location: USA

What's wrong with Elipda? I figured with Micron taking over, they'd start putting out some quality stuff.
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 06:01 | posts: 1,428 | Location: Japan, Soka

Thank you very much for great review!

At this price I see this card as a potential upgrade for myself.
Now just waiting for custom coolers.

This card is the killer.



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Default 11-05-2013, 06:22 | posts: 23,799 | Location: NZ

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What's wrong with Elipda? I figured with Micron taking over, they'd start putting out some quality stuff.
Yeah but Micron acquired a mountain of fabricated Elpida IC's with the takeover which have found their way onto some of the 280x cards. And Micron chips don't have "Elpida" stamped on the

There's nothing really wrong with Elpida, they just don't overclock as high as Hynix or Samsung. Especially Hynix.
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 07:22 | posts: 1,138 | Location: Orange County, CA

Great review Hilbert, as always! Wow, 290 is the obvious choice. It's equal or better than the 780 and Titan. With a price tag of $399 and battlefield deluxe. AMD is beating Nvidia up.. And with the potential for more performance as mantle mature. Well done AMD, well done. *hands clapping*
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 07:24 | posts: 1,313 | Location: EU, CZ, Brno

290x ~ Water point is there. BTW is it possible to use this new temperature target with older generations?
But yes, once OCed on default cooling it's same story as 7970 vs 7950: Heat vs performance is nearly same for nearly same chips.
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 07:31 | posts: 10,673 | Location: Woking

Incredible price/performance! Just checked ocuk and you can get a sapphire for 320! That 80-100 cheaper than a 780!

Btw Hilbert, love the thermal imaging!
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 08:04 | posts: 6,669 | Location: Dubai, UAE / London, UK

Excellent price considering the performance. Well done to the red team!
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 08:14 | posts: 369

Just love how is faster then GTX 780,maybe nVidia should consider another price drop or they will stay with chips on stock,also the CFX 290 is faster then 780 SLI,GJ AMD,really GJ!Now keep working harder on u CFX drivers and u have a very competitive product!
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 08:24 | posts: 1,313 | Location: EU, CZ, Brno

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Excellent price considering the performance. Well done to the red team!
AMD clearly supports shift towards 4k / 3 screens / Virtual reality. Because such industries need mainstream users to have sufficient power to even consider possibility to obtain such device.

We have not gained much performance in GPU department since launch of HD7970. But now it is here and cheap enough.
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320 > 800 >1600>1536>2048>2816 Shaders
MADD > >Vliw5 >Vliw4 >GCN1.0>GCN1.1
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 09:02 | posts: 194

Absolutely love it.. this card is superb! Best buy 2013
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 09:08 | posts: 20,515 | Location: Guru3D testlab

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Btw Hilbert, love the thermal imaging!
Glad you guys like it, it'll be included as default for all future reviews.


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Default 11-05-2013, 09:45 | posts: 1,313 | Location: EU, CZ, Brno

^^ +1
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 10:18 | posts: 214 | Location: Germany

Hey Hilbert, would you mind doing a benchmark run with this card for BF4. Since it would be very interesting how it will deal with it! Thanks in advance!
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 10:32 | posts: 3,338 | Location: Bristol, UK

Nice its 320 in UK. Now im going to sit tight and wit for custom coolers!
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 10:37 | posts: 1,128 | Location: UK

AMD now have the edge.
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 10:43 | posts: 58 | Location: Sweden

I'm a bit curious why the temperature & noise page was copied from the 290x instead of getting it's own sample review?
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 10:54 | posts: 20,515 | Location: Guru3D testlab

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I'm a bit curious why the temperature & noise page was copied from the 290x instead of getting it's own sample review?
Incorrect they have been tested independently, the cards are identical in terms of noise and cooling though.


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Default 11-05-2013, 11:10 | posts: 4,009 | Location: Serbia, NS

Very nice review indeed.

Got to love the card, great perfromance for the price. Here in Serbia i'm seeing Sapphire 290 for 349.
   
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Default 11-05-2013, 11:13 | posts: 413 | Location: South Carolina

I still don't trust the whole "the card is fine running at 95C."
   
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