Fall of a Titan, check out the R9 290X

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 24, 2013 - 11:38 AM |
Tagged: radeon, R9 290X, kepler, hawaii, amd

If you didn't stay up to watch our live release of the R9 290X after the podcast last night you missed a chance to have your questions answered but you will be able to watch the recording later on.  The R9 290X arrived today, bringing 4K and Crossfire reviews as well as single GPU testing on many a site including PCPer of course.  You don't just have to take our word for it, [H]ard|OCP was also putting together a review of AMD's Titan killer.  Their benchmarks included some games we haven't adopted yet such as ARMA III.  Check out their results and compare them to ours, AMD really has a winner here.

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"AMD is launching the Radeon R9 290X today. The R9 290X represents AMD's fastest single-GPU video card ever produced. It is priced to be less expensive than the GeForce GTX 780, but packs a punch on the level of GTX TITAN. We look at performance, the two BIOS mode options, and even some 4K gaming."

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October 24, 2013 | 12:44 PM - Posted by JohnGR (not verified)

Stay up? Last night? it was 9 am in the morning here :p

Anyway, nice articles. PCPer has become the first choice for me in the past months for gpus.

October 24, 2013 | 11:01 PM - Posted by Klimax (not verified)

Fall of Titan? Talk about sensationalism. With brute force and over half a year later and insane consumption and loudness. Yeah sure. /s

How about pushing fan on Titan to 85% and retesting...

October 25, 2013 | 12:21 AM - Posted by JohnGR (not verified)

You do have a point, but you are also ignoring the price which is a little more than half. We are not talking about something that it is 10% cheaper, but 40%.
Also you should wait to see what the custom coolers with 290X can do + what we can expect from better driver + what Mantle can also give as an extra boost. As you said, Titan had 6 months to become a better product. 290X just started.

October 25, 2013 | 01:24 AM - Posted by The O (not verified)

At 40% of the price with superior performance (remember the drivers are not fully optimized so it can only get better), this card is simply amazing.
Wish AMD would do something as super with their coolers though.

October 25, 2013 | 03:02 AM - Posted by Johnny Rook (not verified)

I agree the title is "sensationalist journalism". But, that's OK. Is how Jeremy captures more readers to his article.

However, the truth is the R9 290X competitor isn't the GeForce TITAN but, the GTX 780. And we all know after drivers updates, the GTX 780 already out-performs a TITAN. Where the TITAN will never be out-performed by R9 290X and GTX 780 is in the double-precision features. Why? Because they lack it. Pure and simple.
Face it: TITAN is not a gaming card! Is an e-penis extension! It serves no one but nVIDIA - and AMD -, because it justifies the prices being charged for both GTX 780 and R9 290X. For the first time, we see AMD pricing a single-GPU card over the $500 mark, thanks to... nVIDIA's.

October 25, 2013 | 09:44 AM - Posted by ltguy005 (not verified)

It serves no one but nVIDIA - and AMD...

Wouldnt it, by your own admission, serves those that need a great workstation card. Or better yet, someone who needs a workstation card and also wants to do some gaming on the side. Previously there hasnt been a card for that use case. The Titan is a great value for a workstation user who might game in their spare time.

October 25, 2013 | 11:10 PM - Posted by Johnny Rook (not verified)

Yeah, I also thought like that but, wouldn't a Tesla be a better option then? Wouldn't it increase the productivity?

I don't know anymore... TITAN is such a difficult card. Is hard to escape the thought it was planted at $1000 to justify GTX 780 posterior $650 price tag and actually, make it sound "cheap".
AMD goes along and prices R9 290X $550, price that doesn't seam to be taken by retailers to well. Newegg is selling at $585; in some countries in Europe, price is even higher.

October 25, 2013 | 01:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The 7970 was $549 at launch.

October 25, 2013 | 11:21 PM - Posted by Johnny Rook (not verified)

That's true, indeed. MSRP was $549

I had the memory the $549 were for the GHz Edition, which was/is a "tweaked" HD7970 reference card, not exactly a new GPU launch.

My bad. Thanks for correcting.

October 26, 2013 | 11:34 AM - Posted by snook

Ryan's bench marks clearly show the 290X beating both the 780 and Titan.

290X was throttled back to ~840Mhz, while boost 2.0 was OCing the Titan and 780. a delta of 150 to 250MHz. AMD has a winner here. That is truth.

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