Radeon_R9_290
AMD Radeon R9 290

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3.6
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How well can the Radeon R9 290 run games
2 Aug 2020 - 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 2020 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 165 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

The Radeon R9 290 graphics card is predicted to return a weak performance on Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p of 8 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Grounded which we saw got reasonable frame rates of 52 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is predicted to get 34 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 Grand Theft Auto VI and predict it will deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 16 FPS, Medium: 13 FPS, High: 9 FPS and Ultra: 6 FPS. We then checked the performance on Grounded to see if that runs well. It was playable with a 39 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 290 we get the impression that it is not going to be able to keep stable frame rates at all times at Ultra 1440p on modern games.

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? 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 290 is part of your PC gaming machine.

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 Super 6GB which meets 853 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 53% better performance. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 290 then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB as this is better than 790 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 25% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
59 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 is released on 05 Nov 2013

Radeon R9 290 Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290
GPU
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
Driver Support
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Release Price
$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
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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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
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
23%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 9% 9%
Cyberpunk 2077 21% 60%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 5% 16%
Valorant 96% 89%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 28% 60%
Marvel's Avengers 28% 60%
Grand Theft Auto VI 9% 73%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 47% 33%
Grounded 66% 3%
Death Stranding 30% 23%
Radeon R9 290 Extras
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