AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card Review

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Battlefield 3 (BF3) is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released in North America on October 25, 2011 and in Europe on October 28, 2011. It does not support versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista as the game only supports DirectX 10 and 11. It is a direct sequel to 2005′s Battlefield 2, and the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. The game sold 5 million copies in its first week of release and the PC download is exclusive to EA’s Origin platform, through which PC users also authenticate when connecting to the game.

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Battlefield 3 debuts the new Frostbite 2 engine. This updated Frostbite engine can realistically portray the destruction of buildings and scenery to a greater extent than previous versions. Unlike previous iterations, the new version can also support dense urban areas. Battlefield 3 uses a new type of character animation technology called ANT. ANT technology is used in EA Sports games, such as FIFA, but for Battlefield 3 is adapted to create a more realistic soldier, with the ability to transition into cover and turn the head before the body.

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Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon R9 290 was just slightly slower than than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 at 1920×1080 and 2560×1600, but was faster on out multi-monitor 5760×180 gaming setup. Only ~2 FPS separate the Radeon R9 290 and the GeForce GTX 780 at 25×16 and 19×10, so these two cards are very close performing.  The AMD Radeon R9 290 costs $100 less though, so AMD really does have a solid offering for those wanting solid Ultra HD gaming performance! The fact that spending $399 on one video card has our triple 1920×1080 monitor setup at above 40FPS on average is pretty amazing. The old NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 can only manage 30 FPS and the GeForce GTX 580 couldn’t even support a triple panel (NVIDIA Surround) gaming setup! Both of those cards cost well over $399 when they came out, so if you have a video card that is 2-3 years old, this might be a nice step up.

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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.

  • Paul Margettas

    NEEDS MER GIRBABITS!

  • sri_tech

    Wow. Thats great pricing AMD.

    Keep it up.