Crysis: Warhead

Up next is our legacy title for 2013/2014, Crysis: Warhead. The stand-alone expansion to 2007’s Crysis, at over 5 years old Crysis: Warhead can still beat most systems down. Crysis was intended to be future-looking as far as performance and visual quality goes, and it has clearly achieved that. We’ve only finally reached the point where single-GPU cards have come out that can hit 60fps at 1920 with 4xAA, never mind 2560 and beyond.

Unlike games such as Battlefield 3, AMD’s GCN cards have always excelled on Crysis: Warhead, and as a result it’s a good game for the 290 right off the bat. Furthermore because the 290X throttles so much here, coupled with this game’s love of ROP performance, the 290 actually beats the 290X, if only marginally so. .5fps is within our experimental variation (even though this benchmark is looped multiple times), but it just goes to show how close the 290 and 290X can be, and furthermore how powerful the higher average clockspeeds can be in ROP or geometry bound scenarios. Graphics rendering may be embarrassingly parallel in general, but sometimes a bit narrower and a bit higher clocked can be the path to better performance.

Meanwhile because the 290 does so well here, it makes for another sizable victory over the GTX 780, beating it by 16%. Further down the line the GTX 770 is beaten by 46%, and the 280X by 27%.

Moving on to our minimum framerates, the 290 actually extends its lead over the 290X. Now minimum framerates aren’t as reliable as average framerates, even in Crysis, so our experimental variation is going to be higher here, but it does once again show the advantages the 290 enjoys being clocked higher than the 290X under a sustained workload. Though on the other hand the GTX 780 catches up slightly, closing the gap to 10%.

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  • Pierreso - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - link

    Amazing indeed! $400 for a card up there with Titan often and leaving behind the 780. This is really great! Reply
  • Jimminycricket - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - link

    Was waiting patiently for 290 reviews all night and read several. What a read this is.

    This here is THE card to get. The value and performance is off the charts. AMD 290 performs better than nvidia Gtx780 in almost every case and you can overclock it for even more coming up towards 290X numbers. The new review AMD drivers made performance through the roof. AMD 290 also is right there with $1000 wallet-buster Titan.

    And $400! Finally we get amazing value and beastly performance at a good pricepoint.I was considering the Gtx780 but with this beast from AMD nvidia needs another $150 pricecut on GTX780 down to $350 otherwise it is $400 AMD 290 in my rig allday. $400 Beast!
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  • jerkchickens - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - link

    no doubt, nvidia, time for another price cut GTX780=$350 value now. R9 290 $400 and kicks its butt Reply
  • Samus - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - link

    I'm surprised AMD isn't selling a first-party solution for this if the cooling benefit is so substantial with GCN 1.1

    Water cooling kit = volume solved.
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  • holdingitdown - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - link

    Custom cards will be here in no time. Per reviewers comments elsewhere AMD is waiting for 780ti to release then they drop the custom 290x and 290 cards and crush that card too.

    So much for nvidia trying to charge $699 fir 780ti. Propaply that card will be $599 oi instead.
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  • crispyitchy - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - link

    290 is the best card to release on 28nm.

    Wicked fast and priced right $400.

    With these new AMD cards and their aggressive pricing and top tier performance, nvidia's entire lineup is irrelevant until they do some serious price drops.

    290 is indeed a beast!
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  • crispyitchy - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - link

    Take a look at this review

    It really paints how amazing the card is.

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/11/04/amd_rade...
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  • Notmyusualid - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - link

    440W. Reply
  • designerfx - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - link

    It's definitely refreshing to know AMD is definitely going for direct competition with Nvidia with the 290. Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Friday, November 8, 2013 - link

    And, water cooling bumps the price up at least $75 for the block, assuming you have an existing pump and radiator that will take the added load.

    It is the only card to get IF you don't care about noise or are willing to spend a significant amount of money to get rid of the noise, don't care about G-sync, don't care about PhysX, and don't care about Shield compatibility. Me, I'd rather spend $500 on a card that doesn't give up those things and doesn't force me to change the cooling solution.
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