I have the 8350 overclocked to 5.0ghz and the r9 290x and despite the slight difference in hardware, i have exactly the same performance problems.
Usually its the amd processors that let us down but i believe its a combination of the two this time around. Essentially, it boils down to the fact that throughout development, I’m guessing that their focus has beem on intel/nvidia as although some folks with that hardware are having issues, it appears all with amd are having it.
Often is the case that pc gamers don’t know how to get the best out of their machines, ie driver updates snd windows tweeks, and so i think that those who have this issue with good intel/nvidia machines are probably running off their intel grsphics chip,or their cores are parked etc. With amd however, it matters not! The game simply isn’t optimised properly for it. They’d be in trouble of they admitted it because the specs on the box would therefore be misinformative (although I’m probably wrong about that, so don’t take it literally).
I’m going to pursue a refund while i still can and go back to playing paragon (which funnily enough runs perfect with maxed graphics) and accept that battleborn isn’t going to work properly.
Something to note is that my hardware throttles and the game runs great in any scenario other than an actual game, such as main menu and lobbies. Can you confirm whether or not your fans go crazy in the main menu, but not in the game? I’ve seen that it does happen through rivatuner but would be interesting to know if you’ve noticed that.