Thursday, October 24, 2013

Radeon R9 290X Review: AMD's Back In Ultra-High-End Gaming


After eight months of watching Nvidia go uncontested in the ultra-high-end graphics market, AMD has a new GPU based on existing technology that promises to challenge the top position. It gets mighty loud at times, but you can't ignore the R9 290X's price.

Today, the fastest single-GPU graphics card is Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan (Benchmarking GeForce GTX Titan 6 GB: Fast, Quiet, Consistent). It sells for no less than $1000 and comes equipped with 6 GB of fast GDDR5 memory. By all accounts, it’s really well-suited for gaming at 2560x1440, it serves up playable performance at 5760x1080 in some games, but doesn’t quite move fast enough for 3840x2160. In fact, in Gaming At 3840x2160: Is Your PC Ready For A 4K Display?, I came to the conclusion that it’d take a couple of GeForce GTX 780s to serve up satisfactory frame rates on an Ultra HD screen.

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