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AMD R9 290X 4GB

         

With the R9 290X AMD has introduced the next iteration in AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture called Hawaii. THE GCN architecture was first brought out with the Radeon 7000 series and the Hawaii chipset has made for a worthy follow-up in that line. Only the R9 290X and the R9 290 feature the Hawaii chipset while the remaining cards are simply rebadged cards from the 7000 series. Also along with the introduction of the R9 and R7 series came another announcement – AMD’s Mantle API



 

The card features the same red and black colour combination which has been the staple stock design feature for a long time. The heatsink has a copper base for the chipset and the memory chips are cooled by the metal chassis. There is just one fan cooling the entire thing so as far as design changes go, there isn’t much difference from the previous design. The card has 2816 stream processors and that is where most of the OpenCL performance comes from. The NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti even with 2880 CUDA cores isn’t able to catch up with this card. The base clock is 1000MHz and the memory clock is at 1250MHz. Also, the card has 4 gigabytes of memory which is one greater than what the flagship from the competitor has to offer. The card is priced at Rs.38,000 which is what gives this card the biggest advantage over other high end cards from NVIDIA.

Benchmarks

For most benchmarks in the high end segment we give more weightage to the performance to the scores in the ultra configuration as there is plenty of variation between each run as you ease the graphics settings. Here we can see the AMD R9 290X performs better than a TITAN but remains behind by a meagre amount compared to the ZOTAC GTX 780 AMP! edition. The cardboard maintained an ordinary of 131 FPS within the Bioshock Countless benchmark.

As we transfer to benchmarks that add extra stress to the cardboard we start seeing much less of a distinction between particular person playing cards. Alternatively, the variation was once extra evident within the Tomb Raider benchmark in comparison with others. Right here we see the R9 290X lagging at the back of by using a slim margin of seven FPS in comparison with the TITAN. Even the medium and low configuration runs scale as a result.

At extremely configuration the adaptation between the R9 290X and the TITAN just isn’t even one FPS on an ordinary however at decrease configurations they do provide rankings spaced aside with the aid of a most of 5 FPS which once more isn’t so much to head by way of. In the exact same run we are able to see the R9 290X operate higher in comparison with the 780 Ti and the 780 AMP! variation.

 Hitman Absolution on the R9 290X

That is every other benchmark the place the R9 290X strikes beforehand of the TITAN in addition to the 780 AMP! adaptation. Additionally all playing cards managed to present as a minimum 60 FPS on this benchmark below extremely configuration with medium and low configurations FPS coming in at  round a hundred and eighty-a hundred ninety FPS.


 

OpenCL efficiency is the place AMD playing cards have maintained a lead over NVIDIA and the brand new Hawaii chipset isn’t lagging in any way. Within the Luxmark rendering check the R9 290X continues a lead of over a thousand factors in comparison with the 780 Ti which is the very best card the competitors has to provide. The 780 Ti scored 1759 factors whereas the AMD R9 290X scored 2897 factors in the identical check.

Temperature

The R9 290X incorporates a inventory cooler and for this reason we don’t predict so much from them. The least that these will have to do is care for a distinction of about 10 levels celsius from the thermal threshold which it does handle. Alternatively, even with a inventory cooler this card is relatively hotter than the competitors and went the entire means upto eighty two levels which is barely 12 levels from the brink.

Verdict

AMD’s R9 290X has proven to function higher than the TITAN in most benchmarks and isn’t that at the back of the flagship from the competitors however with a cost of Rs. 38,000 this card offers an identical efficiency however at roughly 1/2 the fee of the TITAN which is why this card can be favoured over them. Even the 780 Ti is priced about Rs.20,000 greater than the R9 290X. With sure R9 290 SKUs being unlockable it’s a gamble however one that would repay significantly neatly. Then again, barely 20% of the SKUs from sure producers are unlockable. Total, the R9 290X deals extra in your cash than some other excessive-finish card.