Radeon_R9_290X_Asus_DirectCU_II_OC_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II 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.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition 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. This card runs recommended graphics requirements of 364 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Horizon: Zero Dawn and saw it deliver reasonable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 124 FPS, Medium: 98 FPS, High: 66 FPS and Ultra: 47 FPS. We proceeded to look at Grounded to see how that compared and saw that it returned a reasonable 57 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Horizon: Zero Dawn and saw it deliver playable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 95 FPS, Medium: 75 FPS, High: 50 FPS and Ultra: 36 FPS. We then checked the performance on Grounded to see if that runs well. It was playable with a 43 FPS at Ultra 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition, this is a reasonable performance fit for this resolution. Some of the more resource intensive games may well need a few graphical tweak to get the most out of the graphics card at this increased resolution.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II 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 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 852 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 40% better performance. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB, which has 21% better performance and can run 804 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition was released on 19 Dec 2013

Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
185 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
67 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
1350 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
345.6GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1050 MHz
Power
Max Power
300 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 55 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 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 290X, created by Asus.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1050MHz, instead of 1000MHz.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1350MHz while the Frame Buffer remain the same.


Cooling Solution
Exclusive DirectCU II thermal design includes a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heatpipe and 220% larger dissipation area to boost heat removal efficiency. It performs 20% cooler and 3X quieter than reference.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon R9 290X.


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Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
12%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Horizon: Zero Dawn 14% 6%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1% 1%
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 46%
Marvel's Avengers 35% 46%
Valorant 96% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 46%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 51% 39%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 30% 90%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1% 58%
Death Stranding 36% 12%
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition Extras
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