AMD Radeon R9 290

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The Radeon R9 290 is the non-X version of the company's flagship GPU, offering the greatest bang for your buck if you are looking for a top performing, high-end GPU. It features 4GB GDDR5 of RAM and 512-bit bus for 320GB/s of bandwidth. The I/O panel includes a pair of dual DL-DVI connectors, an HDMI 1.4a port and a DisplayPort 1.2 socket. The R9 290 supports a max resolution of 2560x1600 on up to three monitors as well as Ultra HD (also known as 4K) over both HDMI 1.4b and DisplayPort 1.2.

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By TechSpot on 95

It's worth noting that thermals have always been an issue for high-end GPUs, so this is nothing new nor is it something that should scare a PC enthusiast. We eagerly await upgraded cooling solutions from board partners, and that's bound to happen sooner rather than later because if any card can get away with charging for extras, it's one that already costs $400.

By PC Mag on 90

The AMD Radeon R9 290 offers virtually the same features and performance of higher-end graphics cards for much less...

By X-bit Labs on

According to our today’s tests and judging by the recommended prices, the AMD Radeon R9 290 seems to be a more attractive buy than the top-end Radeon R9 290X. Being a mere 7% slower, the R9 290 is supposed to be 27% cheaper than its cousin. Moreover,...

By Ocaholic on

In this article we made a list of all Radeon R9 290 around sorted by manufacturers with pics, specs and prices. At the end of the article you also find an interactive overview with filtering and sorting functions to compare all cards. If you think or see...

By EuroGamer on

The R9 290 comes highly recommended as a shrewd shortcut to the world of high-end GPUs. Slap on a water cooler, or wait for a customised third-party version with a superior heatsink and fan configuration, and we could be looking at an irresistible proposition.

By Tom's Hardware on

Arctic's Accelero Xtreme III does exactly what it's supposed to do: it cools. But it does that job so effectively and quietly that you end up wondering if AMD's Radeon R9 290 is even the same card in your PC. We'd like Arctic to include three...

By PC Gamer on 95

A staggeringly quick graphics card with an unbeatable price tag. It may still get pretty toasty but it’s quieter than the 290X and performs just as...

By InsideHW on

AMD's announcement of Radeon R9 290X made a really good impression on the public. Most of excitement wasn't due to performance, which is great, nor due to acoustic and thermal characteristic that aren't really that good. So, what makes this card that...

By Bright Side of News on

Now, when you take all of those performance numbers into consideration, it seems like the R9 290 is a pretty good card that runs a bit hot, but still has potential. Now, when you take the $399 price into account, you begin to realize that this card...

By Computer Shopper on 80

AMD’s $399 Radeon R9 290 is the best value in a high-end graphics card to come along in years, but at stock speeds with the reference cooler and fan, it’s also the loudest card we can remember testing....

By VR-Zone on 75

VR-Zone reviews AMD's Radeon R290.This fall has been one of the most interesting seasons on record for consumer graphics card launches.After September's #gpu14 event from Honolulu , AMD released the R9 280X, R9 270X and R7 260X. Nvidia countered with a...

By TomsHardware on

Moreover, AMD came to market with a fantastic price on 290X compared to its competition. That situation has since changed. And now, the decision to let the 290's fan hit 47% duty cycle feels like a knee-jerk reaction, sacrificing experience for higher sustained clock rates. Less consistency, tighter pricing, more noise...let's just say I'm more wary this time around.

By Guru of 3D on 95

So thanks to that low price the most interesting product for us guru's will be the R9 290m in fact it is so intersting that you need to wonder why you should buy the X model. The 'regular' 290 is an attractive product with 4GB of graphics memory that will bring a truckload of gaming performance into your PC. Good value for money, and at this price it is the one to get.

By AnandTech on

Had the 290 shipped in its original 40% fan configuration, it wouldn’t be knocking on the GTX 780’s door any longer, but it would have been in a spot where its balance of price, performance, and noise would have made for an attractive product. Instead AMD has shipped the 290 with the equivalent of uber mode as the default, and in the process has failed to meet the needs of the majority of their customers.

By TechPowerUp on 94

AMD is selling their R9 290 reference design for just $399, a cool $150 cheaper than the R9 290X and just a little bit slower. NVIDIA's GTX 780, which has seen a price drop down to $500 last week suddenly looks really expensive, but it does run cooler and quieter; not sure if that's worth the extra $100. Right now, the R9 290 has the best...

By PCPer on 95

How will NVIDIA respond at this point? I think a price drop on the GTX 780 (again) is out of the question and the GTX 780 Ti is going after the ultra enthusiast at $699. NVIDIA does have the advantage of the three game bundle (Splinter Cell, Batman Arkham Origins and Assassin's Creed IV) along with the discount on SHIELD.

By on 95

Yet we come away from the review with a positive impression. Packed with the latest GCN goodness that is high on performance and value, the Radeon R9 290, in retail form, has the potential to become the next Radeon 9700 (R300).

By BitTech on 84

Forking out extra for the GTX 780 could also be worth it if you're especially concerned about heat and noise output, as the Hawaii GPU again falls down in these areas. If that's too much to ask though, then for the reasons mentioned above it's certainly worth waiting to see what AMD's board partners have in store for us in a few months.

By LegitReviews on 90

The AMD Radeon R9 290 has solid performance, is overclocking friendly and happens to be priced right. AMD now owns the $399 price point when it comes to desktop gaming graphics cards!

By HotHardware on 90

In the end, we can’t help but like the Radeon R9 290. It’s a cutting edge product, that offers new features and excellent performance, and it arrives at an aggressive price point. If you’re in the market for a graphics card in the $400 price range, you can’t do any better than the Radeon R9 290.