AMD R9 290X Benchmarks Surface – Better than the GTX Titan? Surprisingly Debateable.

Usman Pirzada

Well people the much awaited clash of the Titans (Excuse my Nvidia Centric Pun) is finally here. A Real Life analysis and benchmark of the flagships of the gaming giants. In one corner we have Nvidia GTX Titan and in the other we have AMD R9 290X.

AMD Radeon R9 290X Hawaii GPU

AMD R9 290X Benchmarks show no clear Victor. GTX Titan Victory Debatable.

The Benchmarks have been leaked by a guy called "Grant Kim" and he had access to an AMD R9 290X and a Gtx Titan (Lucky Guy). He tested the cards against each other on about 5 games. Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, Grid 2 and RAGE.

Without further ado, the Benchmarks of Crysis 3:

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In this benchmark of one of the most demanding games of all times the R9-290X performs only slightly better on average then the GTX Titan. Both cards flicker heavily in framerate falling above and below each other. There are times when the Titan is giving more framerates and there are times when the 290X is giving more framerate. However i think that on average the 290X is scoring higher.

AMD R9 290X Benchmarks AMD R9 290X BenchmarksWow, the GTX Titan Absolutely Destroys the 290X in this round,  and this is possible an understatement. There are some portions where the R9 290X cant even give out Half the Frame rate the GTX Titan is giving. No to mention that the Titan is giving a highly stable frame rate output. A possible reason for this could be driver issues and this should be kept in mind.

In the Battlefield 3 Benchmark as well both cards perform near each other in the usual flickering characteristic. The 290X seems to have a slight edge.

4a 4cOk people we finally have a bench where the 290X is a clear winner. However unlike the Titan win this isnt a complete knockout. There is a difference of approx 5 - 10 fps on average.

In this Skyrim Round, both cards perform on average close to each other but the GTX Titan has a slight edge on the AMD R9 290X.

Conclusion of the GTX Titan vs AMD R9 290X Benchmark

Well one thing is clear, when the GTX Titan first came it blew every single gpu card clear out of the water, this does not appear to be the case with AMD's R9 9290X. Infact it is even debatable which card is better. The 290X has only performed slightly better then the Titan at best, while the Titan literally knocked it out in one round. Such fluctuating results do not give a clear winner and this is what surprises us. Hawaii suffering from Early Drivers or something more?


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