3DMark and Unigine Heaven
That we have taken a look at our gaming tests using our Frame Rating metrics and testing methods, we are including a set of tests from more standard benchmarks like Unigine Heaven and the new 3DMark benchmark.
I consider these tests to be somewhat of a "best case" for all the cards in our comparison. We aren't using our frame capture system, we aren't measuring frame latency, nothing like that; I think this should give you an idea of graphics performance if each vendor had the best result for each game.
In these graphs we have included the ASUS DirectCU II R9 290X card so you can see how close in performance they are at their default settings. Clearly, both retail cards are evenly matched and leave the reference model behind. The advantage that the DCII and the Tri-X cards also pull the R9 290X GPU over the GTX 780 Ti in these tests.
While both retail cards are again faster than the reference model, the GTX 780 Ti still has the edge thanks to its tessellation capability.