Radeon_R9_290X
AMD Radeon R9 290X

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X run games
28 Oct 2020 - 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 2020 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 194 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 Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p and predict it will return playable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 114 FPS, Medium: 89 FPS, High: 60 FPS and Ultra: 43 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Genshin Impact returns a playable 42 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon R9 290X by researching Cyberpunk 2077 leading us to predict a playable performance. Its FPS predictions for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 87FPS, M: 68FPS, H: 46FPS, U: 33FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Genshin Impact and that was playable. This graphics card delivered 32 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was FIFA 21 which gets strong results with a 105FPS on Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 290X we get the impression that it is probably one of the better high resolution gaming options on the graphics card market. You can consider pushing most games up to 4K with this gpu and Ultra 1440p is going to be a regular occurrence for gaming today.

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? There is around 6-12 months of top end gaming left in this card, at which point its graphics card replacement time, assuming the Radeon R9 290X is part of your PC gaming machine.

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 821 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 771 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X is released on 24 Oct 2013

Radeon R9 290X Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X
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
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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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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Graphics Card
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RAM
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 11% 14%
Watch Dogs Legion 0% 11%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 33% 5%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 41% 2%
FIFA 21 58% 42%
Genshin Impact 68% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2% 2%
eFootball PES 2021 47% 42%
Ghostrunner 34% 2%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 11% 9%
Radeon R9 290X Extras
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