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AMD Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition run games
29 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 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. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

Here is a performance review on how capable the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition is at running the more popular games of 2020. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 229 games in the list.

Running at 1080p this card gets a playable frame rate from Microsoft Flight Simulator with 37 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Grand Theft Auto VI which is predicted to return a weak 13 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Valorant which we saw getting a strong 460 FPS.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Microsoft Flight Simulator to see how the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition dealt with it. It scored up a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 75 FPS, Medium: 59 FPS, High: 40 FPS and Ultra: 28 FPS. Next we looked at Grand Theft Auto VI which we predict will be weak with a 10 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Valorant that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 350. 1440p Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition PC gaming is a very good hardware option at these screen sizes. Ultra is easily achieved across almost all games at 1440p and we would suggest an increase of screen size up to 4K for this graphics card.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 830 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 46% better performance. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 20% better and can meet 769 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
62 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition was released on 05 Dec 2013

Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
166 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
67 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
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
1040 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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Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 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 1040MHz. The memory clock was left untouched. Furthermore, the card comes with a custom triple fan solution which will reduce its temperature under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost over the reference card.


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Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
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RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Genshin Impact 67% 17%
Cyberpunk 2077 10% 16%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 49% 68%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 32% 52%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 26%
Valorant 96% 89%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4% 4%
Serious Sam 4 40% 68%
FIFA 21 57% 41%
eFootball PES 2021 46% 41%
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