by Jason Davis The last few years have seen the rise of Cooler Master’s newest entry into the overclocking world.
As it stands, the R9 290X is still the king of the hill for anyone looking to overclock, and it’s also the fastest card ever to hit $1000, thanks to its incredibly low power consumption.
As such, it’s become the most sought-after card by enthusiasts, with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti the second-most popular.
AMD, meanwhile, has been quietly working on its own card for some time, and the company has released a new graphics card with the same name as its latest Ryzen-powered Ryzen 7 desktop processor.
With the Radeon R9 Fury X launching this week, AMD is set to be a formidable challenger to Nvidia’s R9 280X, but there’s a lot more going on in the world of overclocking than just overclocking.
There are the thermal limits, of course, but also the performance and power-efficiency gains.
The R9 285 is still one of the best cards on the market, and there are many cards that can be overclocked for the price of a new laptop.
So let’s see how the R8 290 stacks up.
Reviewed on: AMD Radeon R8 295X2, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M, Nvidia Radeon R7 370, Asus X99-A3 Gaming motherboard, ASUS P8Z77-I Gaming notebook, MSI GT72-A Gaming motherboard, MSI GX258 Gaming notebook review, Intel Core i5-7600K, AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB review, Ryzen 7 1800X review