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AMD Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition run games
28 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X 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.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2020. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. 102 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition shows us that FIFA 21 is getting a strong result of 134 FPS, and then we are seeing Mafia: Definitive Edition returning a weak 12 FPS while another game on our list is the Assassins Creed: Valhalla which is predicted to get 31 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Mafia: Definitive Edition to see how the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition dealt with it. It scored up a weak series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 23 FPS, Medium: 18 FPS, High: 12 FPS and Ultra: 9 FPS. Next we looked at Assassins Creed: Valhalla which we predict will be weak with a 24 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at FIFA 21 that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 103. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition we get the impression that it is certainly capable of running larger monitor gaming at Ultra or High graphics settings.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition in your PC? We think this Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 821 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 47% better performance. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 20% better and can meet 752 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
62 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition is released on 05 Dec 2013

Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
160 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2560
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
1300 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
332.8GB/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
275 Watts
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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9.7
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Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 290.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 947MHz to 1000MHz and in the memory clock which now operates at 1300MHz. Furthermore, the card comes with a custom triple fan solution which will reduce its temperature under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance boost over the reference card.


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Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X OC Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
28%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 9% 17%
Watch Dogs Legion 2% 14%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 31% 8%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 39% 5%
FIFA 21 57% 40%
Genshin Impact 67% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5% 5%
eFootball PES 2021 46% 40%
Ghostrunner 33% 5%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 9% 12%
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