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Company of Heroes 2

This game is won by the AMD-based cards.

The ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II is a little faster than the reference AMD Radeon R9 290 and a little slower than the Radeon R9 290X.

Total War: Rome II

The GeForce series cards are ahead of their Radeon opponents in this game, but the gap is small, especially at 2560x1440. The three Radeons have almost identical results here.

Batman: Arkham Origins

The Nvidia-based cards are unrivalled in this game when antialiasing is turned off. With 8x MSAA enabled, AMD triumphs:

The three Radeons deliver the same performance.

Battlefield 4

It’s not easy to choose the best graphics card for playing Battlefield 4 because the five tested products deliver the same performance and we didn’t use the Mantle API which doesn’t work well with the latest Catalyst.

The cards are comparable to each other, the three Radeons having almost identical results.


It’s the first time we use the recently released Thief for our tests, so here are the graphics quality settings we enable in it:

So the settings are all at their maximums to put high load on the graphics subsystem. The resolution and SSAA level were varied depending on the test mode. Here are the results:

The reference GeForce GTX 780 Ti wins this test but is closely followed by the AMD Radeon R9 290X. Then we see the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning and ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II which have similar results. The AMD Radeon R9 290 takes last place, but isn’t really much slower. We can note that the AMD-based products have a higher bottom speed than their Nvidia-based rivals, which is important for smooth gameplay.

Here is a table with the full test results:

Now we can move on to our performance summary charts.

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