XFX R9 290X Double Dissipation Edition CrossFire Review

Take two custom XFX R9 290X Double Dissipation Edition video cards, enable CrossFire, and let your jaw hit the floor. We will test this combination against the competition in a triple-display Eyefinity setup as well as 4K Ultra HD display gaming. We will find out if custom cards hold any advantage over the reference designed R9 290X.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

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For the AMD R9 290X video cards we are using Catalyst 13.12 WHQL.

For the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti we are using ForceWare 332.1 WHQL.

*Note* - For the reference AMD R9 290X in CrossFire we are running both cards in "Uber" mode. For the XFX R9 290X it is being run at default, there are no BIOS differences or different fan profiles.

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