The final game in our benchmark suite is also our racing entry, Codemasters’ GRID 2. Codemasters continues to set the bar for graphical fidelity in racing games, and with GRID 2 they’ve gone back to racing on the pavement, bringing to life cities and highways alike. Based on their in-house EGO engine, GRID 2 includes a DirectCompute based advanced lighting system in its highest quality settings, which incurs a significant performance penalty but does a good job of emulating more realistic lighting within the game world.

GRID 2 - 2560x1440 - Maximum Quality + 4x MSAA

GRID 2 - 1920x1080 - Maximum Quality + 4x MSAA

GRID 2 - 1920x1080 - High Quality + 4x MSAA

With the game set at its highest quality settings we find that the 7970 and up – including the 280X – are just fast enough to deliver 60fps even at 2560. On a competitive basis the 280X once again surpasses the GTX 770, although not by the margins we saw with DIRT: Showdown in our old benchmarking suite.

GRID 2 - Delta Percentages

Our last round of delta percentages are the least exciting yet, with frametime deltas staying under 1%.

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  • Drumsticks - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    I'm glad you managed to screw up and then point out every single one of your perceived faults with Anandtech and blame it all on them. That was impressive.

    By the way, you could have read even the title.
  • rtsurfer - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Perfectly summarized.
  • jasonelmore - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - link

    the title doesnt scream rebadge, and typically flagships are launched first, then the sister cards a few weeks later. Reply
  • Etern205 - Monday, October 14, 2013 - link

    R8-280x is a rebadged HD7970GE, if they're based on the new architecture like the R9-290x then we won't be reading reviews on it until AMD lifts the NDA. Reply
  • rezztd - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Why can't they just use simple naming schemes? I've found AMD's names confusing and generally harder to remember than those from NVIDIA. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Huh, for a long time I thought AMD's names were logical and ultra-simple, and it was NVIDIA who had the silly names with all their extra letters on the end.

    However, now the tables are clearly turning, and AMD's naming is terrible.
  • HisDivineOrder - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - link

    I find the RX 2xx/2xxX naming scheme to be really horrible imo. I have a feeling they did the shift as much to confuse and misdirect away from the fact they did a refresh as to begin a new naming policy because it doesn't really help the consumer. Reply
  • alwayssts - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    I'm just waiting for the XFX info/overclocking page to load...

    I think if they made their 280x similar to their 37th (only slight hyperbole) revision of the original 7970, that could be a rad product. The current version is 9.3 inches (for tiny cases/htpcs) but purposely very limited in overclocking also sells for around $300 +- $20. If they took that design and were allowed an upped/unlocked voltage/clock spec (with perhaps voltage tuning), that could be a sweet (and tiny) 1080p gaming part compared to anything else that size/price.
  • Slomo4shO - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    And I was looking forward to determining the overclock potential of this card... Reply
  • zeock9 - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    So there hardly isn't a performance gain over the 7970GE, perhaps less than 5% if that,
    and they didn't even bother to include the new TrueAudio or Never Settle bundle.

    What's the effing point of this 'new' card when 7970GE can already be had for the same price?

    Shame on you AMD.

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