Radeon_R9_290X
AMD Radeon R9 290X

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290X is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p. DirectX 11 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2019 popular games. This short Radeon R9 290X game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. This graphics hardware can run 521 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 290X can run Red Dead Redemption 2 at 1080p and saw it return reasonable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 120 FPS, Medium: 95 FPS, High: 64 FPS and Ultra: 46 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order returns a weak 23 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon R9 290X by playing Red Dead Redemption 2 which yielded a playable performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 92FPS, M: 72FPS, H: 49FPS, U: 35FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order and that was weak. This graphics card delivered 18 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Cyberpunk 2077 which is predicted to get weak results with a 17FPS on Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 290X we get the impression that it is not a first choice gaming resolution. While this graphics card would likely be more suited to 1080p gaming, you may be able to make some graphical tweaks in the game options to improve your stability at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X in your PC? No graphics card upgrade required for around 2 years

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which is 44% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 897 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB which is 24% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 859 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X was released on 24 Oct 2013

Radeon R9 290X Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
176 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2816
Driver Support
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Release Price
$549.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1250 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
320GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Power
Max Power
290 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
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Resolution Performance
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Radeon R9 290X Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290X is a high-end graphics card and the most powerful single graphics card of the Radeon R-200 Series.
It packs a Hawaii XT Core which offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface.
While the central unit runs at 1000MHz, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is slightly better than GeForce GTX Titan and considerably better than GeForce GTX 780. Its release price of $549 makes Radeon R9 290X an extremely competitive graphics card. It was most powerful single-graphics-card available until November 2013.
Please note that this card is known to heat a lot and requires a very powerful PSU.


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Radeon R9 290X vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 38% 9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 41% 9%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 80% 50%
Death Stranding 33% 50%
Cyberpunk 2077 33% 50%
Need For Speed Heat 39% 9%
Planet Zoo 42% 17%
Diablo 4 26% 50%
FIFA 20 58% 42%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 33% 50%
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CPU (25% overclock)

2018
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$299.00
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2017
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$200.00
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32 GB

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I'm not sure why it says 750w power supply required with a max of 290 of consumption it shouldn't need that much power I have this gpu running perfectly with my rig and even with a stiff oc on the cpu all on a corsair cx 600m psu

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CPU (15% overclock)

2018
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$329.00
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32 GB

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What a beast of the card. After 3 years it beats 780 ti by big margin and with adequate cooling you can overclock s* out of this card.

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CPU (10% overclock)

2014
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$339.00
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16 GB

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Anyone know if it's safe for my non-reference R9 290X to be running at 80C?

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2019
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$329.00
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pretty much safe yes…

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2014
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Thanks, buddy.

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2012
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$195.00
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2013
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8 GB

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I am using this card, and so far, there wasnt a game I couldnt play on ultra (played games like GTA 5 TW3, heavily modded skyrim and ARMA 3).


Havent even OC'ed yet, so perhaps that will be something for the future.

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2017
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$189.00
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2016
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$279.99
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16 GB

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I have a Geforce GTX 7800 and my brother recently bought this one, Im sure my gaming experience will change alot!

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2014
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$202.00
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8 GB

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So, I've Thinking about buying this one,my power supply is 500w, willl it work? apart from that, I had seen this one:Radeon R9 290X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X OC 4GB Edition, which one do you reccomend? My CPU can handle it? sorry 4 the nubness

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CPU (5% overclock)

2017
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$219.00
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2016
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$379.00
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16 GB

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this card is like a calefactor, your cpu will be ok, even an i3 will be ok, the 500w will be a problem, this card use a lot of power

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2013
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2016
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$699.99
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16 GB

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I doubt my card is 2% worse

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it says mine is better but would this be an improvement

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2019
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$329.00
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16 GB

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you are limited in range 2gb of ram so when it comes only at 2gb of ram that game needs yours is faster for sure but in game that req more ram this is better for sure

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CPU (35% overclock)

2012
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$235.00
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$439.00
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16 GB

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dafaq it says my gpu's are 7% better then this?

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CPU (5% overclock)

2012
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16 GB

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Well you have 2 660s and you overclock like 15% out of it. They should be better.

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2013
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8 GB

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dafuq, it says that my GPU is better by 7% O_o

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