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

Unigine provides an interesting way to test hardware. It can be easily adapted to various projects due to its elaborated software design and flexible toolset.

A lot of their customers claim that they have never seen such extremely-effective code, which is so easy to understand.

Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. Interactive mode provides emerging experience of exploring the intricate world of steampunk.

Efficient and well-architected framework makes Unigine highly scalable:

  • Multiple API (DirectX 9 / DirectX 10 / DirectX 11 / OpenGL) render
  • Cross-platform: MS Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7) / Linux
  • Full support of 32bit and 64bit systems
  • Multicore CPU support
  • Little / big endian support (ready for game consoles)
  • Powerful C++ API
  • Comprehensive performance profiling system
  • Flexible XML-based data structures

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We use the settings shown above at 2560×1600.
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Interesting to see just how much the R9 290X was throttling in the ‘quiet’ bios mode at 40% fan. The AMD R9 290 manages to outperform the more expensive card …  until the Uber BIOS on the 290X is selected.

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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