Radeon_R9_290
AMD Radeon R9 290

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 run games
13 Dec 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290 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 290 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 392 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

The Radeon R9 290 graphics card is predicted to return a weak performance on Microsoft Flight Simulator at 1080p of 18 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Resident Evil 3 Remake which we predict will get playable frame rates of 42 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which was getting 42 FPS under tests.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the Radeon R9 290 performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Microsoft Flight Simulator and predict it will deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 36 FPS, Medium: 29 FPS, High: 19 FPS and Ultra: 14 FPS. We then checked the performance on Resident Evil 3 Remake to predict if that will run well. It is predicted to be playable with a 32 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 290 we get the impression that it is certainly a viable option for these higher gaming resolutions. Remember that if you suffer some 1440p FPS drops the you can usually tweak modern game graphics settings until you get a near High graphics setting experience with this Graphics card.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290 would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which meets 894 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 56% better performance. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 290 then a good choice would be RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB as this is better than 765 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 22% better performance as well.
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The Radeon R9 290 is released on 05 Nov 2013

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Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
152 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
61 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2560
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$399.00
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
0
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
947 MHz
Power
Max Power
275 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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Radeon R9 290 Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 290 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.


Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.


GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Hawaii PRO which has 60 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 947MHz.


Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 512-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.


Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 275W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.


Performance
Radeon R9 290 competes with GeForce GTX 780
but it proves to be slower than the latter at resolutions up to 1920x1080 but takes the lead beyond that.


System Suggestions
Radeon R9 290 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.


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Radeon R9 290 vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 16%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 37% 16%
Halo: Reach 84% 63%
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 60%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 78% 60%
Borderlands 3 25% 23%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 63% 12%
Detroit: Become Human 47% 76%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 28% 60%
FIFA 20 55% 38%
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Can this GPU play every game out there smoothly on high setting at 1080p?

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Guys , anyone can tell me about this Gpu is it any good ,i know for fact that it's a little old and a beast in terms of gaming but i'm kinda hesitant to upgrade to this one , some people talk about black screens and hard crashes , so any advices ? cheers !

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of course is worth upgrading over your corrent gpu and i dont think youll have any problems with it just make sure you have dicent psu its also great overclocker

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Thanks you so much , that baby Gpu is my fantasy since it came out , i know this one might be old but old is gold and this one can't hold punches even nowadays,but ain't easy to find a decent one specially with all the minning craze !

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I have a 500 psu for the time being , and i game on a 720p for now at least does that kill the r9 290 ? if not does a 650W do the trick or is it insufficient ? i've got a tight budget right specially with the crazy market right now ! thanks for replying

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might work but i recommend something abit more powerfull just to be safe

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Yep , i agree , but the prices are skyrocketting even with PSu, does an 650W EVGA power supply 80+ bronze do the trick ? and i mean this guy
https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-BRONZE-Modular-Warranty-110-BQ-0650-V1/dp/B01FYDU8X6 ?

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i have 600w brozne evga and it does job just fine for me 980ti consumes right around the same power as r9 290

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Okey then , i'm confident with this one, thanks to you Aditrex , i might get one today and try it out with the r9 290 , cause tbh , i don't trust my actual cooler master elite 500w gold even for trying it out.

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what would be a good upgrade from this card and also a good pair with the i5 4690

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Yeah, it's a very good match.

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No i mean what would be a good upgrade from my current R9 290
and also a good pair with the i5 4690

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Ohh. Sorry. I didn't see what you meant. I recommend you to buy MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X Edition. It's as good as a GTX 980 Ti FE. It also has a small power consumption, and it comes with 6GB of VRAM. It's one of the best cards for 1080p, ultra, 60FPS gaming. It won't be a bottleneck with the i5 4690. Good luck!

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Thank you very much i'll keep that in consideration

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You're welcome.

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Wow they didn't even go down to 9, they skipped it all together.

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why would this drop to 9 when you can max every game on 1080p with playable fps

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I have no idea. I guess to make rooms for the Pascal and Polaris gpus. I honestly don't know why. This card is a beast and so is the 970 but they dropped in score.

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I'm gonna get the x version.
600w psu
Am i gonna get a bottleneck and if
how bad of a bottleneck

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Medium Bottleneck, check on this site the wattage consumption http://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator

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Ok ty btw cpu is oc'd to 3,6ghz so i think its not as bad of a bottleneck then?

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At that resolution it's not, but ur next upgrade is definitively the cpu.

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umm guyz can i run this card with ernamax 525w 80+ bronze???

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does ur psu have
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin connector?

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No if onli has 2x6 pin…can something be done about it???

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Buy a new PSU, my best advice is that… can't do nothing else unless you want to have troubles and freezing fps ingame

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Hi, Can someone tell me how many watts my PSU has and if this would work? My PSU only shows 100-127/200-240V-6/3A. How many watts is that, and what is a good GPu for this wattage?

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Can you write all numbers you have on your psu label
What you wrote are voltages in wall sockets, they are different around world, some countries use100-127V and some 200-240V, so your psu have some switch and work everywhere, good to know, nothing about its wattage though

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That's the thing. It looks like the numbers got scratched off or ripped or something, cause that's all the info for the PSU I have, outside and inside the case. I've looked up those numbers and some said I could have a 500W PSU.

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You mean they said those numbers mean 500W? wow, thats some powerful sorcery :-D
Now seriously, no, I cant say you wattage from that, nobody can, that 6/3A is followed by 50Hz or 60 or both, which is frequency and its handlet by transformer, so again nothing helpful

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Is this a good upgrade from my 760?

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I think it would be. I upgraded from a GTX 750 Ti which isn't that much worse than yours and I saw a great leap in performance.

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I'm looking to upgrade my GPU, is this a good choice, if not what should I go with that is around the same price.

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depedns where you from but this gpu in germany is best for it price what you can get..

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Strong Processor. CHECK
8GBS RAM. CHECK
750w Power Supply. CHECK even though you can run it on a 600w I have done that
1440p gaming? MOST LIKELY BUT I HAVE 1080P MOAR FPS FOR ME.

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