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AMD R9 290 Review (1600P, 4K and CF)

Total War ROME 2 is the eighth stand alone game in the Total War series, it is the successor to the successful Rome: Total War title. The Warscape Engine powers the visuals of the game and the new unit cameras will allow players to focus on individual soldiers on the battlefield, which in itself may contain thousands of combatants at a time.

Creative Assembly has stated that they wish to bring out the more human side of war this way, with soldiers reacting with horror as their comrades get killed around them and officers inspiring their men with heroic speeches before siege towers hit the walls of the enemy city. This will be realised using facial animations for individual units, adding a feel of horror and realism to the battles.
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We test with the ULTRA profile at 2560×1600. Details shown in the screenshots above.
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Very closely matched at 2560×1600 and all cards are perfectly playable, except for the GTX770 which struggles to maintain smooth frame rates. The R9 290 is slightly behind the R9 290X in Quiet BIOS mode.


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  • Slashwat

    The price is great, but the cooler is certainly not……. waiting to see modified versions soon

  • Ben

    The prices are hard to ignore, and its good to see Nvidia dropping prices lately too, they had been overcharging for quite some time now

  • Topperfalkon

    I always wondered why they didn’t use a version of the HD7990 cooler. would have made more sense instead of something they probably used on a HD7850

  • Bob (Official)

    Please, get rid of Furmark. It’s meant to stress GPUs at the max temperature before they are permanentely damaged. Nvidia drivers detect when Furmark is running and throttle their cards, so these results are biased. Measure real world power comsumption and temperature from games that are driven by different types of workloads – Rome: Total War 2, L4D 2, Battlefield 4 and GTA.

  • Hi Bob, it has never damaged any GPU in the years we have used it. and we only use it to supplement the temperatures from testing games.

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  • Tonzskie

    I got AMD Radeon R9 290.. and it works great.. All games max graphics.. 😀 Thanks much