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

Dirt Showdown is the latest title in the franchise from Codemasters, based around the famous Colin McRae racing game series, although it no longer uses his name, since he passed away in 2007.
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Today we test the hardware at 2560×1600 with the Ultra profile and 8 x MSAA.
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A favourite AMD engine and both R9 290X and 290 take top positions at this resolution.


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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