There has been a lot of buzz around the new AMD line of video cards, we just released our reviews of the Radeon R9 280X and Radeon R9 270X, but the Radeon R9 290X has been an elusive beast. Today is a very different day, and AMD has sent us some of their internal benchmark numbers for us to salivate over until it comes to market.
The system specs are as follows: Intel Core i7-39060X-3.3Ghz, MSI X79A-GD65 Motherboard, 16GB DDR3-1600, Windows 7 64bit SP1, NVIDIA driver 331.40, AMD Internal beta driver 13.11 (to be posted on 290x launch). The Radeon R9 290X is going head to head with NVIDIA’s GTX 780 on a 4K monitor, the resolution is set to 3840×2160 on each test.
There are only two games that have been benchmarked by AMD and those are BioShock Infinite with the Ultra preset and Tomb Raider (2013) with the Normal preset and TressFX enabled.
AMD Radeon R9 290X ‘Quiet Mode’ average frame rate: 44.25
NVIDIA GTX 780 average frame rate: 37.67
AMD Radeon R9 290X ‘Quiet Mode’ average frame rate: 40.2
NVIDIA GTX 780 average frame rate: 34.5
This gives a small glimpse into what to expect from the Radeon R9 290X and we hope to have more for our readers soon, especially since we just updated our GPU test suite.