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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:14 PM


AMD R9 290 4GB Graphics Card Review

The launch of AMD's R9 290X last week was interesting as it certainly
stirred up the graphics card market and industry. Following the launch
arguing between readers occurred in abundance across many review
sites, not just our own. Where I stand in this debate is that AMD have
really shot themselves in the foot by releasing such a high
performance graphics card that then gets throttled by such a mediocre
cooling solution. Then to make things worse they've chosen to shed no
light on the launch of non-reference solutions – something all
prospective R9 290X buyers are waiting for to make a fully informed
decision. Yet despite the R9 290X being throttled by that stock cooler
the general consensus from most reviewers was that the R9 290X is at
least as good as the GTX 780, while some reviewers who were able to
test in favourable temperature conditions received results that
suggested the R9 290X was better than the GTX Titan. Our review fell
into that latter category and our benchmarks showed the R9 290X as
being quite some way ahead of the GTX Titan
 in most benchmarks.

Setting the R9 290X aside for a bit, today we have with us the R9
290, the R9 290X's little brother. For those who remember the HD 7000
series clearly the R9 290 is essentially the HD 7950 successor and is
the second best single GPU graphics card of the RX-2XX series. Sadly,
the AMD R9 290 comes with the same weak AMD stock cooling solution so
we can expect more of the same – a wide variety of reviewers showing
very different results based on testing that was conducted in varying
ambient room temperatures. I think it is immensely important to stress
that if readers really want to see the full picture, and want to make
a solid judgement on whether the R9 290(X) cards are a good buy, then
you've got to wait for the non-reference solutions to hit the market
to see the accurate picture. When that will be is anyone's guess as
AMD have remained tight-lipped about it, we've seen a variety of
(guess)estimates thrown all over internet forums ranging from early
November to mid December – in my opinion the sooner the better.

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