AMD Radeon R9 290X Crossfire

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

This computer hardware provides top end graphics. The Radeon R9 290X Crossfire will easily meet recommended system requirements of games released today. This is a strong benchmarker on modern games and can often return excellent frame rates at high and ultra 1080p. But the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire can also run 1440p pc system requirements. All games with system requirements of DirectX 11 or lower are met by this card.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire graphics card, when running 2020 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. 819 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will get 55 FPS with the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire, Marvel's Avengers getting 63 FPS and Valorant getting 638 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We predict the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire will run the upcoming game Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to a playable performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 111 FPS, Medium: 87 FPS, High: 59 FPS and Ultra: 42 FPS. Another game tested was Marvel's Avengers, L: 126FPS, M: 99FPS, H: 67FPS, U: 48FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Valorant, which returned L: 1284FPS, M: 1011FPS, H: 681FPS, U: 486FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire is a solid performer with higher resolution modern gaming. This graphics card can also bump up to 4K gaming regularly with the latest games still being capable of high or ultra graphics settings at this level.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire in your PC? 2-3 years of top end gaming before an upgrade

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire then a good choice would be 20 Series GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB as this is better than 984 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 31% better performance as well. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 22% better and can run 969 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
88 FPS
The Radeon R9 290X Crossfire is released on 24 Oct 2013

Radeon R9 290X Crossfire Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X Crossfire
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT (x2) (x2)
Texture Rate
352 GTexel/s
64 (x2)
Pixel Rate
128 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
8192 MB
Memory Speed
1250 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Max Power
500 Watts
1250 Watt
Power Connector
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
12 GB
Best Resolution
5760 x 1600
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Resolution Performance
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Radeon R9 290X Crossfire Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 290X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 290X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 30% better than a single Radeon R9 290X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it may perform worse than a single Radeon R9 290X. Expect this combination to draw up to 500 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.

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Radeon R9 290X Crossfire vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 35% 16%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 51% 10%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 63% 21%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 25% 25%
Valorant 97% 92%
Serious Sam 4 57% 21%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 48% 9%
eFootball PES 2021 61% 57%
Genshin Impact 76% 16%
Watch Dogs Legion 51% 19%
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