Radeon_R9_290_MSI_Gaming_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming 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.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming 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. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 148 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition can run Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p and predict it will return playable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 110 FPS, Medium: 86 FPS, High: 58 FPS and Ultra: 42 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Mafia: Definitive Edition is predicted to return a weak 12 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 to predict how the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition would deal with it. Our research revealed a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 84 FPS, Medium: 66 FPS, High: 44 FPS and Ultra: 32 FPS. Next we looked at Mafia: Definitive Edition which we predict will be weak with a 9 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Microsoft Flight Simulator that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 27. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition is not a first choice gaming resolution. While this graphics card would likely be more suited to 1080p gaming, you may be able to make some graphical tweaks in the game options to improve your stability at 1440p.

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

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, as it can run 833 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 47% increased graphics performance. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 20% better and can run 769 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
62 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition was released on 23 Dec 2013

Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
161 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
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
1007 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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5.6
Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming 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 1007MHz. It also features a new cooling system to reduce its high temperatures.
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance boost over the reference card.


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Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming 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%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 28% 28%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5% 5%
Crysis Remastered 23% 50%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 31% 54%
The Invincible 5% 26%
eFootball PES 2021 46% 40%
Valorant 96% 89%
Watch Dogs Legion 31% 14%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 49% 69%
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