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AMD Radeon R9 290 review

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Almost two weeks after AMD released their Radeon R9 290X they’ve taken a scalpel to the Hawaii XT GPU and produced this ever-so-slightly cut down version, called the AMD Radeon R9 290.

First off though, an apology. Sorry if any of you guys went out and bought an R9 290X after our review of AMD’s latest top-end graphics card. You were, unfortunately, victims of a graphics card price war between AMD and Nvidia. At the time it was released it was a fantastic card, offering incredible performance compared with both the GTX Titan and GTX 780 but for a good deal less than they were retailing for. Because of that, with a few caveats about heat and noise, the R9 290X got a glowing recommendation from yours truly and an Editor’s Choice award.

Then the inevitable happened. Nvidia hit back, announced their own GeForce GTX 780 Ti, due to be released in early November, and slashed the prices on their standard GTX 780 and GTX 770 cards. Dropping the GTX 780 to around £400 / $500, or below, meant AMD had to follow suit with this R9 290. And so we’ve got a new graphics card, based on AMD’s top graphics silicon, for just £320 / $400.


Nvidia GTX 780 Ti: what do we expect to see?

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Nvidia announced they’re hoping to spoil the AMD party by dropping a bomb on the gathered press out in Montreal last week: the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. If the rumours are true and the incoming AMD Radeon R9-290X can beat a GTX Titan in a stand up gaming fight then Nvidia are going to need some sort of riposte. But what exactly?


AMD have repeatedly assured the public the brand new Radeon R9-290X is going to be released this month and there’s not a long time left in October. That’s coming soon and I don’t reckon the new GTX 780 Ti is going to be far behind.

AMD talk up drive to "transform AMD into a gaming company"

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While the arrival of the Radeon HD 7990 wasn’t exactly a watershed moment in PC gaming AMD's statements surrounding the launch were intriguing. AMD’s senior product manager, Devon Nekechuk, was adamant they were looking to “transform AMD into a gaming company.” From recent developments at the Texas-based company that transformation looks to be gaining pace.


AMD Radeon HD 7990 6GB review

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To me it almost feels like the graphics card market simply doesn’t know what to do with itself this year. In the lull before the next-gen consoles start making demands upon hardware once more we’re at a stage where the graphics power we’ve got is arguably good enough. And so no-one wants to release their next-gen GPU architectures right now. When you consider the pixel-pushing grunt that’s sitting in today’s £200 cards it’s no wonder neither GPU manufacturer is in a rush. Instead, AMD and Nvidia are busy launching ultra high-end graphics cards based on their existing tech - and this homebrew HD 7990 from AMD is the latest.


Sapphire HD 7790 review

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I deliberately held back the review for this latest card from AMD so I could put it out alongside a review of the competing card from Nvidia, the GTX 650 Ti Boost. If I hadn’t then this review would have simply been a lot of me crying over the loss of the HD 7850 1GB, which will no longer be manufactured to make way for the HD 7790.


AMD's TressFX hair rendering magic revealed, makes Lara's locks look loveliest on PC

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After teasing us all with its TressFX tagline - Render. Rinse. Repeat - AMD have today revealed their (apparently painstaking) collaboration with Crystal Dynamics: the world’s first real-time hair rendering technology in a playable game. Tomb Raider is the first title to get the treatment, with its bedraggled heroine's bonce featuring the most advanced follicle tech ever.

Realistic hair is, according to AMD, one of the most complex and challenging materials to accurately produce in real-time. With so many different strands and physics computations needed to model their interaction with each other, it’s no wonder that we’ve been stuck with chunky polygon make-weight barnets in gaming. But no longer.


Club3D Radeon HD 7870 XT jokerCard review

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I was rather disappointed to learn that it’s probably going to be late this year before we see proper Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards from AMD, but the silver lining is that in the meantime we get incredibly fast, incredibly good value cards like this Club3D HD 7870 XT jokerCard.

AMD’s HD 7870 has been one of the stand-out cards of this generation since it dropped below the £200 price point. But this Club3D version is a very different kettle of fish altogether. It’s actually running the same Graphics Core Next GPU as the one that’s the beating heart of the HD 7900 series of cards. Yup, this is a HD 7870 with a chunky Tahiti chip humming away under that heatsink.


AMD announce GCN 2.0 graphics! But don't get too excited just yet...

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Yes, that’s right AMD’s HD 8000 series graphics cards are on their way as we speak - the embargo has lifted and I’m now allowed to tell you that the Graphics Core Next (GCN) 2.0 generation of GPUs is imminent.

But unfortunately they’re coming to a laptop probably not very near you first.


Club3D Radeon HD7990: Now this is what we call graphical overkill

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Wanna see something cool? Course you do. This is the Club3D Radeon HD 7990. Ain’t she a beauty? This is Club3D’s answer to Nvidia’s GTX 690, and like the competition this is a dual-GPU card sporting the best GPUs of this generation in a frankly ludicrous configuration.

I mean, just look at it. That HD7990's fricking vast.


Radeon HD7700 series review round-up

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Been holding off on a graphics upgrade until you see what AMD can do with its Graphics Core Next (GCN) chips at a price that's actually affordable? Today's the day of the big reveal as it officially launches the budget-oriented Radeon HD7770 and HD7750 cards.

They're GCN for less than $160/£125, potentially as low as $109/£80, give or take a few non-specific currency units either way once the cards actually appear on sale. Does the launch mean AMD now dominates the low end GPU market as well as it has the high?


AMD launches Radeon HD7950: Review round up

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Fancy getting your hands on AMD's swanky new Graphics Card Next(GCN) technology but don't want to spend the small fortune it costs to purchase a Radeon HD7970? Rejoice, then, for today we have been blessed with the second card in this new range, henceforth to be known as the Radeon HD7950.

Don't get too excited: it's still not what you'd call a cheap card. Retail prices have been set at £355/$449 and upwards, which puts it pound for pound up against the erstwhile fastest current single chip GPU, the GeForce GTX580. So how does GCN compare to NVIDIA's best?