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Performance

The results of the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 are colored lilac in the diagrams below. The dual-processor AMD Radeon HD 7990 and the AMD Radeon R9 290X are colored AMD's traditional red. The color of the dual-processor Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 is turquoise whereas the results of the Zotac GeForce GTX Titan Black are marked in light green.

Since we’re testing the fastest graphics cards available today on the market, we will focus on the 2560x1440 resolution with various antialiasing methods. We guess that’s the settings that are likely to be used in games running on such advanced hardware.

3DMark (2013)

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 delivers outstanding performance in the first test. It enjoys a 40% advantage over the second-best Radeon HD 7990 and beats the Radeon R9 290X by as much as 77%. And these are not even the best results in this test session as you will see below.

Apart from the least expensive Radeon R9 290X, the AMD-based solutions are ahead of their Nvidia-based opponents, including the overclocked Zotac GeForce GTX Titan Black. The latter beats the dual-processor Nvidia GeForce GTX 690, by the way.

Unigine Valley Bench

This benchmark shows us a different picture:

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is still brilliant, beating the Radeon R9 290X by 97.6% and the Radeon HD 7990 by 44.3%. The Radeon HD 7990 itself is somewhat slower than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690, which in its turn is barely ahead of the overclocked Zotac GeForce GTX Titan Black. Although very expensive, Nvidia's single-processor flagship is very fast indeed.

Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Fall of the Samurai

Nvidia is strong in this game, too.

Anyway, the new AMD Radeon R9 295X2 has no rivals as yet. It’ll only have one when the GeForce GTX Titan starts selling. The Radeon R9 295X2 is an impressive 94.4% ahead of the Radeon R9 290X at the highest load (2560x1440 with 8x MSAA). The gap from the dual-processor Radeon HD 7990 is up to 47%, which is quite large, too. It is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 that takes second place in this benchmark as it beats the overclocked Zotac GeForce GTX Titan Black by up to 15.9%.

Sniper Elite V2 Benchmark

The Nvidia-based solutions perform well in this benchmark, yet the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is in the lead, anyway.

It is more than 100% ahead of the Radeon R9 290X in some test modes, which must be due to its higher GPU clock rate, efficient CrossFireX implementation and high-performance cooler. The cooler prevents GPU throttling which plagues the reference Radeon R9 290X. The gap from the dual-processor Radeon HD 7990 is smaller, yet amounts to 36.7%. The 2-year-old GeForce GTX 690 must be given credit for once again beating the overclocked Zotac GeForce GTX Titan Black.

Sleeping Dogs

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is twice as fast as the Radeon R9 290X in this game, too.

We mean the highest load, i.e. 2560x1440 pixels with antialiasing turned on. The new card is also 52.9% faster than the dual-processor Radeon HD 7990. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 is second, followed by the overclocked Zotac GeForce GTX Titan Black.

Hitman: Absolution

This game produces the same standings as the previous one:

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is up to 97% and 45% faster than the Radeon R9 290X and Radeon HD 7990, respectively. Judging by the rather low frame rates at the highest settings, the new dual-processor flagship is going to come in handy for owners of large monitors. The overclocked Zotac GeForce GTX Titan Black goes neck and neck with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 but can’t beat it.

 
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