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Review: PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X

by Parm Mann on 26 June 2014, 16:55

Tags: PowerColor (6150.TWO), AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Crysis 3

Homepage: Crysis.com/us/crysis-3 | Publisher: Electronic Arts | Developer: Crytek

Crysis 3 is a beautiful-looking game that continues to tax high-end systems. We've FRAPS'd a 30-second section near the start of the game, with lashing rain, numerous reflections and full DX11 pomp on show.

With the latest available Catalyst drivers installed, dual-GPU scaling in Crysis is exceptional. This is the kind of power you need if you want reasonable framerates at 4K with generous helpings of image quality.

Crysis 3 is among the most demanding titles in our line-up, and it clearly benefits from the Devil 13's 5,400MHz frame buffer. The eight-per-cent increase in memory speed over a standard R9 295X2 allows a greater percentage of frames to be rendered within 33ms.

A combination of driver improvements and frame-buffer speed delivers the fastest and smoothest results we've seen thus far.