Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

AMD Radeon R9 290X Video Card Review

AMD is launching the Radeon R9 290X today. The R9 290X represents AMD's fastest single-GPU video card ever produced. It is priced to be less expensive than the GeForce GTX 780, but packs a punch on the level of GTX TITAN. We look at performance, the two BIOS mode options, and even some 4K gaming.


Battlefield 3

We are using the latest version of Battlefield 3 Singleplayer via Origin. To test Battlefield 3 Singleplayer we loaded up Operation Swordbreaker and played through this mission.

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We thought we'd start off this evaluation with something fun. Since we cannot show you Battlefield 4 performance yet we thought it would be fun to load up Battlefield 3 and see how these modern high-end cards stack up in this older version.

It is no shock that we were able to play this game at the highest possible in-game settings. We are playing at 2560x1600 with 4X MSAA and "Ultra" settings. Of course, we expected no less. What is interesting to us is how the performance lines up between the video cards.

The AMD Radeon R9 290X is faster than the GeForce GTX 780 by 4%. However, the GeForce GTX TITAN is faster than the R9 290X also by 4%. Therefore, in this game, the new R9 290X is placing itself right between the GTX 780 and GTX TITAN on performance.

Considering the price of the R9 290X is $549, and the GTX 780 $649, the performance from the R9 290X is impressive. It is priced $100 lower than GTX 780, but placing itself in-between the 780 and TITAN, at least in this game. BF4 could end up completely different. Let's move on.