AMD Hawaii R9-290X GPU ‘Volcanic Islands’ Benchmark Results Exposed – Fastest GPU On the Planet With 1020 MHz Clock Speed

Hassan Mujtaba

With AMD's Hawaii R9-290X GPU leaked, it was only a matter of time before the performance results hit the web and thanks to Chiphell, we now know that Hawaii R9-290X is the fastest GPU in the world beating NVIDIA's Titan.

Titan vs R9-290X
AMD Hawaii R9-290X GPU 'Volcanic Islands' Benchmark Results Exposed

The Hawaii R9-290X GPU is part of the R-200 'Volcanic Islands' Family which is going to make its official debut on Wednesday in Hawaii next week. We have already heard some minor details regarding the Hawaii R9-290X GPU that it will feature a die size larger than Tahiti yet 30% smaller than NVIDIA’s GK110 core. It will be based on a 28nm process and would be available to consumers in mid-October 2013.

Update - The fully enabled Hawaii die features 4 CUs (Compute Units), each CU has 11 SMIDs which amount to 44 SMIDS results in 2816 stream processor count, 176 Texture mapping Units, 44 Raster Operators.

Now we officially know more than that, the R9-290X features a massive die size and a 4 GB memory running across a 512-bit interface. The core clock for the graphics card at default is maintained at 1020 MHz while the memory operates at 1250 MHz. While we would get 4 GB in the reference models, the leaker has also said that we will see 6 GB custom models soon after launch.

The R9-290X is powered by 8-Pin plus 6-Pin connector configurations which denotes a 300W TDP design. The VRM features 5+1+1 phase design (5 Phase Core and 1 Phase memory). The card has two DVI, HDMI and a display port to provide display output. We have almost all the details regarding the Hawaii GPU except the clock speeds and the core configuration which includes stream processors, texture mapping units and raster operators. Detailed look at the specifications below:


AMD R9-290X AMD R7970 GeForce GTX 780 GeForce GTX Titan
GPU Codename Hawaii Tahiti GK110 GK110
GPU Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
Stream Processors/TMUs/ROPs 2816-2560/176/44 2048/128/32 2304/192/48 2668/224/48
Base Clock 800 MHz 925 MHz 863 MHz 837 MHz
Turbo Clock 1000 MHz + N/A 902 MHz 876 MHz
VRAM 4 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB
Memory Bus 512-Bit 384-Bit 384-Bit 384 Bit
Memory Clock 1125-1250 MHz 5.5 GHz (effective) 6 GHz (effective) 6 GHz (effective)
Power Configuration 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin
PCB VRM 5+1+1 5+1 6+2 6+2
Die Size 424mm2 365mm2 551mm2 551mm2
Launch Date October 2013 8th January 2012 23rd June May 2013 21st February 2013
Launch Price $599-$649 $549 $649 $999

In the three tested games, the Hawaii R9-290X came out faster than the GeForce GTX Titan and GeForce GTX 780 except CRYSIS 3. You can see the performance results in the chart below:

Game Benchmark Resolution Settings GeForce GTX Titan GeForce GTX 780 AMD R9-290X Hawaii
Aliens Vs Predator 3 1600P 4xAA 59.5 53.5 68.8
Battlefield 3 1600P 4xAA, H AA 67.2 63.2 70.0
Crysis 3 1600P 4x MSAA 26 24.2 29
3DMark Firestrike N/A Extreme 4759 4413 4698
Wattage 83-372W 81-331W 88-357W

As you can see, the Hawaii R9-290X came out overall faster than the other graphic cards in gaming benchmarks. Ofcourse, since mature drivers aren't available yet we will be noticing some hiccups in performance but overall the card is the fastest single chip GPU on the planet. Expect more benchmarks soon!

Full preview can be found at UDTeam!

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