Radeon_R9_290X_PowerColor_OC_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition run games
25 Mar 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition 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. All games with system requirements of DirectX 11 or lower are met by this card.

Lets look at the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2020. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. This card runs recommended graphics requirements of 389 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition can run Half-Life: Alyx at 1080p and saw it return weak frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 46 FPS, Medium: 36 FPS, High: 25 FPS and Ultra: 18 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Star Citizen is predicted to return a reasonable 51 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition by playing Half-Life: Alyx which yielded a weak performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 35FPS, M: 28FPS, H: 19FPS, U: 13FPS. Another popular game we researched with this card was Star Citizen and that was playable. This graphics card is predicted to deliver 39 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Grand Theft Auto VI which is predicted to get weak results with a 13FPS on Ultra 1440p. 1440p gaming on the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition is not the best resolution for this GPU, but if you adjust some graphics settings, perhaps lowering to medium or low at 1440p then this graphics card might be ok.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition? A great upgrade graphics card would be a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, which has 45% better performance and can run 870 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB which meets 822 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 23% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition was released on 26 Oct 2013

Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
181 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
66 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2816
Driver Support
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Release Price
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
1030 MHz
Power
Max Power
None
PSU
750 Watt
Power Connector
None
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 PowerColor OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 290X.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 1000MHz to 1030MHz.
Therefore, this card is expected to consume even more energy and heat slightly more.
There are no benchmarks available but expect, at most, a 1% performance boost over the reference card.


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Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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0%
Graphics Card
13%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 58% 4%
Call of Duty Warzone 41% 8%
Cyberpunk 2077 33% 49%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 66% 4%
Doom Eternal 10% 10%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 85% 60%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1% 65%
Beyond Good & Evil 2 33% 49%
Half-Life: Alyx 14% 64%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 33% 49%
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor OC Edition Extras
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