Recently I have thinned out our synthetic benchmarks slightly, dropping the older 3dmarks to focus on the most recent version. This way we can focus on in game benchmarks more while still getting the level playing field that the synthetic benchmarks give us. They may not show what you should expect in game, but they are still a good way to compare from card to card. Not surprisingly, the Vapor-X 290 was up near the top of our charts. The other R9 290’s that I have tested in the past performed very well as well. The Vapor-X did pull slightly ahead in the standard Fire Strike benchmark while the Extreme version didn’t do as well in comparison to the other 290’s. Even so, they were ALL fast, getting very close to the GTX 780 Ti. In Heaven Benchmark 4.0 only the SLI’ed cards pulled a higher average FPS.