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The Radeon R9 290 is the second AMD card (after the flagship Radeon R9 290X) that comes with the new Hawaii XT GPU. Featuring the same Graphics Core Next architecture, this Hawaii XT-based product has a 5% lower top clock rate, 9% fewer unified shader processors and texture-mapping units, and a 27% lower recommended price. These are, in fact, all the differences between the two models. The only thing left for us to check out is how the Radeon R9 290 compares with the top-end R9 290X and with its market opponent GeForce GTX 780 in terms of performance. These are the issues we’re going to cover in this review.

Specifications and Recommended Price

The AMD Radeon R9 290 specifications are listed in the following table in comparison with the reference AMD Radeon R9 290X, AMD Radeon R9 280X and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780:

 
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