AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card Review

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. It should be noted that we average all of our test runs. There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 341.40
  • AMD: Catalyst 13.11 V8 on R200 series and Catalyst 13.6 Beta 2 on Radeon 7000 series

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform



The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard with BIOS 4401 that came out on 09/02/2013. The Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1866MHz quad channel memory kit was set to 1866MHz with 1.5v and 9-10-9-27 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD was run with firmware version 2.25.


The Intel X79 Test Platform






Live Pricing




Intel Core i7-3960X



ASUS P9X79 Deluxe



16GB Corsair 1866MHz


Video Card




Solid-State Drive


OCZ Vertex 3 240GB




Intel RTS2011LC


Power Supply

Corsair AX1200


Operating System


Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card GPU-Z Information:






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  • Kif12345

    Just wait for the non-reference cards. They will be released at the end of November.

  • Recon

    Shop runner has mine here by Friday!

  • postie

    Don’t buy a card that games at 94 degC! That’s ridiculous, as is comparing it to Nvidia cards that are not being pushed so insanely. I have nothing against AMD; on the contrary, I dislike NVidia for their underhanded practices. But I bought an AMD card that gamed at 88 decG and it only lasted 18 months. Now, AMD has a good chip which they are overclocking wildly to boost performance. Not only that, but the reference cooler is another cut-rate AMD effort which has to scream just to keep the card from exploding. I wouldn’t reward such shoddy design with my money. And if I were given the card I would down-clock it to where it ought to be.
    If you really want to compare apples to apples, run your test cards at equal GPU temperatures, and then see who puts out more FPS for the dollar.

    • Recon

      XFX comes with lifetime replacement warranty…. Just sayin’

      • VonHaddon

        Cards with Double Dissipation (Double D) or whose product number ends in “R” get Lifetime warranty if registered within 30 days. All other cards (ex: HD 7970 Core Edition; FX797ATNFC) get 2 Year Warranty

    • Barron

      I would still buy the AMD card which performs better or on par with the GTX Titan and use some of the $600 saved on a good cooling system.
      So that would save me around $550. Not Bad At All!
      Also remember this is just the reference card. I would expect the retail versions will come with better coolers, and be priced around $450 any way.

  • Strider

    This is an amazing deal. That level of performance at $399 is about as sweet as it gets. Especially if you take into account the fact performance will only go up as the drivers mature and the non-reference cards and coolers hit the market, giving more OC headroom. Not only on this 290, but it’s big brother 290X.

    This is going to be a great holiday to be a gamer, great games and great hardware from both sides of the fence.

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  • sri_tech

    Wow. Thats great pricing AMD.

    Keep it up.