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AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review 212

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-does-it-stack-up? dept.
Billly Gates writes "AMD may have trouble in their CPU department with Intel having superior fabrication plants. However, in the graphics market with GPU chips AMD is doing well. AMD earned a very rare Elite reward from Tomshardware as the fastest GPU available with its fastest r9 for as little as $550 each. NVidia has its top end GPU cards going for $1,000 as it had little competition to worry about. Maximum PC also included some benchmarks and crowned ATI as the fastest and best value card available. AMD/ATI also has introduced MANTLE Api for lower level access than DirectX which is cross platform. This may turn into a very important API as AMD/ATI have their GPUs in the next generation Sony and Xbox consoles as well with a large marketshare for game developers to target"
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AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review

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  • by brxndxn (461473) on Sunday October 27, 2013 @05:54PM (#45254209)

    After seeing AMD bet the farm on Athlon and beat a company with 10x the r&d budget, I cannot help but be a fan. The biggest reason for AMD being behind in CPUs today is lack of r&d budget based on unfair duopoly competition from Intel during the years where AMD was superior. Hopefully, AMD can make up for this missing r&d money by being superior with graphics for a while.

    I do not believe there is a tech company pushing more innovation with less resources..
     

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 27, 2013 @06:09PM (#45254303)

    We've also come to learn that AMD changed the double-precision rate from 1/4 to 1/8 on the R9 290X, yielding a maximum .7 TFLOPS. The FirePro version of this configuration will support full-speed (1/2 rate) DP compute, giving professional users an incentive to spring for Hawaii's professional implementation.

    Lots of folks use ggpu but don't have a "professional" budget to pay the extortion fee to have artificial limits lifted from the hardware they purchase.

  • Re:For as little? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 27, 2013 @07:45PM (#45254843)

    R9 290X also has double point precision for about half the price.

    The R9 290X is a direct Titan competitior.

  • by bertok (226922) on Sunday October 27, 2013 @08:04PM (#45254941)

    Has anyone else noticed that despite the endless 4K resolution marketing being put out there by AMD, there is not a peep on the specific type of HDMI port the card has?

    There is a HUGE difference between HDMI 2.0 and 1.4, but it's always specified as just "HDMI" with no version number. No review mentions the HDMI version, even though one would think that a real journalist would put in some effort to research this and find out.

    I suppose it's easier to run the card through a bunch of automated benchmarks, cut & paste 15 pages of results to maximise ad impressions, and call it a "review".

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