Guru3D: AMD R9-290X Review

In this article Guru3D reviews the reference AMD Radeon R9-290X. They'll benchmark these cards with FCAT Frametimes, Ultra High Definition and of course, check out game performance with the latest games next to power consumption and heat levels as well. This is one review you don't wanna miss! The new flagship product has been long awaited and anticipated. The Radeon R9-290X will compete with Nvidia's finest in both, performance and price levels. These cards are little beasts. As such this in-depth review will cover the Volcanic Islands GPU architecture, Hawaii for the 290 series.

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SirDjss1853d ago

Yea i have seen the benchmarks of this card and it it fast and the price are extremely good for the performance, but i don't want another hairfan. Its way to loud. Sure if AMD decides to send me one to use in my utube page i will gladly put it in my case. Im actually gonna try the green team for once. Waiting to see how 780ti performs :)

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Stsonic1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

If you want a quiet card then buy an after market model. I have a windforce 7950 that does not touch 70c at 30% fan speed.

I had to under volt to achieve this but it's absolute silence in game.

assdan1853d ago

This thing is a mega beast. From what its looking like, the 780ti is gonna be in between the power of the titan and 780, is weaker than this, and probably more expensive (the usual nvidia tactic of relying on reputation alone. Well if nvidia keeps doing this crap, people are going to stop buying there cards. And is for your hairfan comment, just don't buy it right away. When a card like this launches for such a low price relative to its competition, prices for a lot of cards will be unstable for the foreseeable future. And on top of that, waiting a few months means non reference designs. And I don't know about you, but my vaporx 7950 is FAR quieter than any nvidia card I've owned.

SirDjss1853d ago

Yea mate i know all that, but the thing is , i have supported amd and buying their cards for years and been giving them free advertising through my channel for years so now i am basically waiting for them to reply to my mail i sent them. But if it takes to long im gonna "help" nvidia instead. Its a give and take situation mate ;)

assdan1853d ago

Idk man. I had 3 nvidia cards before switching to amd, and I don't know what nvidia will have to do to win me back. Their cards are just Better.

Software_Lover1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

Card is 579.00 on Newegg right now.

Edit, that power consumption just has me worried. It uses in excess of 100w more than my 7950.

hiredhelp1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

what PSU Do you have?

Software_Lover1853d ago

600w psu
i5 3570
16gb ram
1 SSD (O.S.)
1 3tb HDD (steam/origin games)
1 external usb 3.0 drive (downloads)

I'm sure I'll be fine, but damn. 100+ watts. This card is on par with the Titan for nearly half the price though.

Give you guys a heads up...... if you use the newegg app on your phones or tablets and use this code


You get another 5% off your purchase, which would equate to 29.99 off of this card.

Stsonic1853d ago

I have pretty much the same PC as you but with an i73770k and run it all on a Corsair CX430 :O

It is fine so I would not worry about 600W unless you have a cheap PSU.

Polysix1853d ago

no. GTX780 is what you want. Great design and near silent, good drivers, very well built. AMD? not so much.

Software_Lover1853d ago

They need to hurry and show the price drops for that card. I dont understand why the 290 was not released and priced yet. I'm guessing AMD wanted to sell the more expensive card first for the impatient.

hiredhelp1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

I hope this help

Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

AMD R9-290X - On your average system the card requires you to have a 550~600 Watt power supply unit.
AMD R9-290X Crossfire - On your average system the cards require you to have a 800 Watt power supply unit as minimum.

This card beats the 780 and Titan on price and performance.

The card comes with a Twin Bios Quiet Mode And Ubber Mode.

Conclusion what your specs roughly are you need more than 600 i recommend a good modular 8-900watt. For head room

morganfell1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

I have a Corsair 850 PS but am running

Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
AMD 9590FX w/water cooler @ 5ghz
32GB of RAM @ 2400
2 X Sapphire 7970 3GB cards Crossfired
Asus BR drive
4 X 3TB HDDs and 1 4TB HDD

I have it setting in my Cooler Master HAF. I want those new cards and even under load my system is pretty quiet. I don't want to go to something that's going to be lining up for takeoff every time I game. But my current cards have the same dba rating as the 290x and quite frankly they are still pretty quiet over all so I think some of these sound concerns are overstated. The only thing I am waiting on is for the first few batches to get off the shelves.

hiredhelp1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

Aww cleshay im houseing my system in HAF X series awsome case lots headroom for future VGAs.
But still rocking a asrock fatal1ty with i7 .2600k 7970 sapphire refrence.
Btw partners of AMD are sapphire i beleave HIS as joined or is it powercolor with them. Same way as EVEGA has with Nvidia.

Asrock Professional
Intel i7 2600k clocked at 4.7 all in one cooler
Sapphire 7970 clocked to max
8Gb ddr3 ripjaw gskill
HAF X case
Powerd by corsair hx1000

Software_Lover1853d ago

Their is a HIS version on Newegg right now for 549.99

With the coupon I listed above, through the newegg app, it takes 27.99 off the price, bringing it to 522.99

hiredhelp1853d ago

HIS very good cards but if you can not being biased try sapphire or asus.