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Performance

The results of the AMD Radeon R9 290X at its default and overclocked frequencies are indicated in red. The color of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti is green. The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX is turquoise and the MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming is lilac.

3DMark 2013

AMD-based cards have always been strong in Futuremark’s tests, so it is no wonder that the Radeon R9 290X feels at its ease in the newest 3DMark:

At the default clock rates the Radeon R9 290X is up to 31% faster than the MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming and is also ahead of the GeForce GTX 780. When overclocked, it can challenge the slightly more expensive GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Of course, the latter can be easily overclocked as well, yet the first results of the Radeon R9 290X look encouraging.

Unigine Valley Bench

This benchmark shows us a different picture:

The Radeon R9 290X still enjoys a hefty advantage over the MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming – 34 to 36%, yet this is barely enough to compete with the more affordable GeForce GTX 780. When both cards are overclocked, the GTX 780 is superior.

Now let’s turn to our gaming tests.

Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Fall of the Samurai

Excepting the most resource-consuming settings (2560x1440 with 8x antialiasing), the Radeon R9 290X proves to be a little faster than the GeForce GTX 780, both working at their standard clock rates. But thanks to the higher frequency potential of the EVGA card, the overclocked GTX 780 is just as good as the overclocked R9 290X. Original Radeon R9 290X cards will probably overclock much better, yet Nvidia has the advantage of time and also an ace in its sleeve in the way of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti.

Note also that the Radeon R9 290X is 24 to 29% ahead of the MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming here.

Battlefield 3

The standings are overall the same as in the previous game:

We can just note that the Radeon R9 290X enjoys a larger advantage over the MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming: 28 to 32%.

 
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