AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire performance leaks out (Update #3)

Published: 19th Oct 2013, 12:48 GMT


AMD’s new flagship Radeon R9 290X will no longer require CrossFire fingers to operate in multi-card configuration. Instead only PCI-Express slots will be required to make the cards run in such combination.

According to previous leaks this new approach would eliminate most of the frame pacing problems for which AMD was criticized since the topic became popular. However AMD went a step further and decided it would be a good idea to eliminate the necessity of the a separate CrossFire connection. It was possible since PCI-E interface is already capable of delivering enough bandwidth for multi-gpu communication.

The new slide supposedly leaked from AMD Reviewers Guide for R9 290X revealed that this card will scale much better than expected. The R9 290X CrossFire configuration will deliver up to 2.0x the performance of the single card. There is no game on the list that would not scale lower than 1.8x, but we are more than sure that these games were chosen here for a reason.

Additionally to that we have a chart with all the frame rates listed. I updated it with the CrossFire to single-card comparison.

AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire Scaling (Uber Mode)
Gaming TitlesSettings (4K Resolution)Radeon R9 290XRadeon R9 290X CrossFireX290X CF / 290X
Aliens vs Predators3840×2160 4xMSAA 16xAF32,663,3194,2%
Battlefield 33840×2160 0xAA 0xAF39,277,1196,7%
Bioshock Infinite3840×2160 0xAF43,980,4183,1%
Crysis 33840×2160 0xAA 0xAF32,262,1192,9%
Dirt Showdown3840×2160 8xMSAA 16xAF31,760,7191,5%
Far Cry 33840×2160 0xAA 0xAF32,364,4199,4%
Hitman Absolution3840×2160 8xAA 0xAF10,921,1193,6%
Max Payne 33840×2160 8xAA 16xAF16,932,6192,9%
Metro: Last Light3840×2160 0xSSAA 16xAF25,246,6184,9%
Saints Row IV3840×2160 8xAA 16xAF3462,2182,9%
Shogun 23840×2160 8xAA 16xAF16,431,2190,2%
Splinter Cell Blacklist3840×2160 0xAA 0xAF44,688,2197,8%
Tomb Raider3840×2160 16xAF FXAA (TressFX On)28,456,0197,2%

From the same source we have a chart comparing Uber Mode to Quiet Mode. These results are very interesting, especially since there’s almost no difference between them. The average difference is just 1,54%. We believe that Uber mode is simply a safety switch for advanced overclocking. It should increase power limit, bump the voltage a bit and change the fan profile.

AMD Radeon R9 290X Uber Mode vs Quiet Mode
Gaming TitlesSettings (4K Resolution)Radeon R9 290X (Uber Mode)Radeon R9 290X (Quiet Mode)GeForce GTX 780 (Stock)290X Uber Mode / 290X Quiet Mode
Anno 20703840×2160 0xAA 0xAF34,334,225,2100,29%
Aliens Vs Predators3840×2160 4xMSAA 16xAF32,632,323,5100,93%
Battlefield 43840×2160 4xMSAA36,836,93199,73%
Bioshock Infinite3840×2160 0xAF NoAA43,944,23199,32%
Borderlands 23840×2160 16xAF76,276,162,4100,13%
Company of Heroes 23840×2160 0xAA 0xAF34,834,526,6100,87%
Crysis 33840×2160 0xAA 0xAF32,232,227,5100,00%
Dirt Showdown3840×2160 8xMSAA 16xAF31,729,921,2106,02%
Far Cry 33840×2160 0xAA 0xAF37,234,230,1108,77%
Grid 23840×2160 8xMSAA47,946,339,1103,46%
Hitman Absolution3840×2160 0xAA 0xAF35,93632,199,72%
Max Payne 33840×2160 0xAA 0xAF72,171,250,7101,26%
Metro Last Light3840×2160 0xSSAA 16xAF47,847,740,7100,21%
Saints Row IV3840×2160 8xAA 16xAF3432,930,3103,34%
Sleeping Dogs3840×2160 16xAF AA46,145,218,3101,99%
Tomb Radier3840×2160 16xAF FXAA (TressFX Off)40,340,234,5100,25%


Here is an official slide comparing both Uber and Quiet mode in Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider. If someone could explain why Uber Mode is worse than Quiet in BioShock Infinite, that would be great :)

AMD R9 290X Uber Mode vs Quiet Mode


One of the VC commentators posted a new chart, supposedly showing official 3Dmark performance in Uber and Quiet mode. Numbers seem to confirm what we wrote earlier in this post. The idea behind the Uber/Quiet BIOS switch was to uncap the performance by allowing more aggressive overclocking. However I would wait for more detailed information before describing this technology.

R9 290X 3Dmark official


One more thing, someone found the picture of the ASUS R9 290X box. Of course it’s a Battlefield 4 edition. The biggest shocker here is the door hanger, a must have item for every progamer.

ASUS R9 290X

Source: WCCFtech

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