I agree with the sentiment that AMD's DX11 driver needs work. That being said, I am still pretty happy with my 290x but I definitely think it could be better. You can see it in a lot of performance graphs compared compared against similar nVidia cards. A given AMD gpu will be churning along keeping relative parity with the comparable nVidia gpu, some change in the scene occurs and the AMD card takes a hit on the framerate while the nVidia remains mostly unaffected. Sometimes its the opposite, a scene change occurs and the nVidia card sees a noticeable gain in framerate while the AMD card does not. The following graphs are all pulled from HardOCP's recent performance review on GTAV. Exhibit A - Note the plot for the 280x from time index 190-210 and 360: Link to HardOCP graph Exhibit B - Note the plot for the 290x around times 185 and 360: Link to HardOCP graph Exhibit C - Note the plots for both 290x and 290 around times 180-200 and 370-420: Link to HardOCP graph In the last graph, I find the disparity towards the end of the benchmark to be interesting. The nVidia cards were roughly keeping parity with the AMD cards from around time 320-350 and then snap back to the 45-50 fps range while the AMD cards continue to limp along around 35fps until they start to catch up again at the end of the benchmark. I believe something is happening in the scene during those times that nVidia is handling better than AMD. Granted, GTAV is still new and will likely see performance improvements from Rockstar in the future. However this title was quite polished at launch by most standards these days so I think these benches still have some credence. This sort of pattern can be seen in other games as well, these were just fresh on my mind so I posted them - but I would encourage anyone to spot this pattern in other benches and share their findings.