HIS Radeon R9 280, 285, 280X, 290X IceQ X2

Published: 18th Oct 2014, 09:57 GMT

Batman Arkham Origins

HIS R9 Review _ Batman Arkham 1080p

Batman Arkham Origins is an NVIDIA GameWorks title. Even GTX 770 somehow beat Radeon R9 290X despite disabling PhysX. The R9 285 came close to GTX 760, which for no particular reason took the middle position offering almost the same performance as R9 290X.

HIS R9 Review _ Batman Arkham 1440p

In 1440p benchmark not much has changed, except the R9 280X came faster than R9 285 (due to wider memory bus), and R9 290X increased the gap from GTX 760.

BioShock Infinite

HIS R9 Review _ BioShock Inifite 1080p_1440p

Due to inconsistent results of minimum framerates, we are only comparing average FPS at both resolutions.

In BioShock, the fastest card is GTX 780 Ti with a healthy lead. Radeon R9 285 was unable to beat R9 280X this time, but it was faster than both R9 280 and GTX 760.

Total War: Rome 2

HIS R9 Review _ Total War Rome 2 1080p

Total War Rome 2 is very demanding game. If you look closer at the results then you’ll notice that cards are being limited by a shorter bus and had trouble offering good frame rates during complex scenes, thus we see lower minimum framerate. Yet again, R9 285 was able to outperform GTX 760 and R9 280, although the difference was minimal.

HIS R9 Review _ Total War Rome 2 1440p

After changing the resolution to 2560×1440 we understand that this game is memory bandwidth dependent. High resolution textures require wide interface, that’s why R9 290X took the lead thanks to 512-bit interface, and R9 280X is offering better performance than GTX 770 this time.

Alien: Isolation

HIS R9 Review _ Alien Isolation 1080p 1440p

I decided to include this AMD Gaming Evolved game shortly before publishing this review. What’s worth nothing is that Alien: Isolation is not a very demanding title. You can enjoy very high framerates even with the slowest cards in this test. Since I mostly play with V-Sync enabled, it wouldn’t really matter to me which card to choose at 1080p. On the other hand at 1440p we can expect sub-60 performance from slower challengers, maybe not as smooth as we’d wish, but then again we can always lower graphics settings.

by WhyCry