There is no doubt that as you look around at who is producing quality gaming and computer gear, more and more manufacturers are based outside of the United States. I went looking for any company that was based here in the US, and actually found one: VisionTek. VisionTek is a manufacturer of AMD branded GPUs, and a few other components for use in gaming PCs.
Being one of the few US based companies that I can find, of course I am going to pay them a little attention, but it just so happens that VisionTek is located near to my area. So expect to hear a bit more news as I talk to them more.
I know, I know. “Why is there no Nvidia news or reviews?” Simple, they don’t give me anything to work with, so until they do AMD gets my love. I’m not saying one is better than the other, although I do have my preference. But I have never been able to beat the price vs performance comparison point on any AMD card when stacked against its nearest competitor.
VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) http://www.visiontekproducts.
Outperforms GTX780 While Costing $90 Less
To compare the Radeon R9 290 to the competition, AMD utilized two widely accepted performance testing methods: dedicated benchmarking and in-game frames per second performance. In both instances, the Radeon R9 290 outperformed the $499MSRP NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780.
3D Mark Fire Strike, the world’s most popular gaming benchmarking tool, was used to determine each card’s overall score in two demanding settings, Performance and Extreme:
3DMark Fire Strike Performance Setting Overall Score:
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Setting Overall Score:
When running popular games such as Battlefield 4™, Crysis 3, and Tomb Raider with a 4K (3840 x 2160) display mode setting, the R9 290 delivered superior frames per second performance to the GTX 780:
Overclocking Via Easy to Use GUI
The VisionTek R9 290 can be set to automatically run higher than the base core speed if it is operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits via theBoost State control within the easy-to-use card management GUI.
Intelligent Active Performance Management
To keep gamers playing, the VisionTek R9 290 features two automatic performance management features. AMD PowerPlay™ Technology adjusts clock speeds in response to GPU load for energy use efficiency. Newly enhanced for the R9 290 series of graphics cards, AMD’s PowerTune Technology intelligently manages power, voltage, temperature, and clock speeds for optimum performance and safe operation.
See What You’ve Been Missing with 4K Resolution
The VisionTek R9 290 supports Ultra HD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, which is 4x the resolution of 1080p. Typically, configuring a graphics card for use with a high resolution monitor must be done manually. However, AMD’s Catalyst™ Graphics Drivers will perform automatic configuration on select popular 4K monitors, including models from Sharp and Asus. Further simplifying the ability to use 4K displays is the card’s use of AMD Eyefinity™ technology which can span multiple monitors into one large panoramic display.
Hear What You’ve Been Missing with TrueAudio
With an onboard audio processing chip powering AMD’s TrueAudio technology, the VisionTek R9 290 can deliver accurate 3D surround sound within games and special audio effects like reverbs and room simulations while reducing CPU load. Now you can hear more real-time voices and situational sounds in-game with any and all audio hardware already owned.
VisionTek Radeon R9 290 Specifications & Pricing
A History of Performance Innovation
Outperforming other GPU powered brand graphics cards is nothing new to VisionTek. By choosing AMD as its exclusive GPU partner, VisionTek has enjoyed a history of establishing new standards of performance capabilities from its graphics cards:
“There’s nothing on the market that can touch the Radeon R9 290’s price/performance value proposition,” said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. “It will even challenge the GeForce TITAN which costs $550 more. Then add in all the automatic performance management and user configurable operation options and you have an instant hit that will surely resonate with gamers of all levels.”
For more information on the new VisionTek Radeon R9 290 graphics card, or the existing VisionTek graphics card line, which includes the six recently announced VisionTek R7 and R9 series cards, visit: www.visiontekproducts.com.
About VisionTek Products LLC
Since 1988, VisionTek Products LLC (VisionTek) has been recognized as a leading developer of performance memory, graphics cards, power supplies, and Solid State Drives for Macintosh and PC computers. Its products can be found at leading retailers, distributors, PC system builders and e-commerce sites. VisionTek is headquartered in East Dundee, Illinois, and can be contacted by calling 866-883-5411 or by emailing [email protected].
Note: Additional hardware (e.g. Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 interface, HD or 10-bit monitor, TV tuner) and/or software (e.g. multimedia applications) are required for the full enablement of some of the technologies listed in this announcement. Not all features may be supported on all components or systems.
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