Radeon_R9_290_Asus_DirectCU_II_OC_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

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

How well will the Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition run 2020 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 144 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

The Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition graphics card is returning a playable performance on Horizon: Zero Dawn at 1080p of 44 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Valorant which we saw got strong frame rates of 456 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Grand Theft Auto VI, which is predicted to get 12 FPS under tests.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition by playing Horizon: Zero Dawn which yielded a playable performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 89FPS, M: 70FPS, H: 47FPS, U: 34FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Valorant and that was strong. This graphics card delivered 347 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Grand Theft Auto VI which is predicted to get weak results with a 9FPS on Ultra 1440p. 1440p gaming on the Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition is one of the more powerful graphics cards for this monitor resolution. Games will be running with stable frame rates at Ultra on a 1440p setup. 4K gaming for a number of modern games should also be considered with this graphics hardware.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition in your PC? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition is failing to meet modern day gaming system requirements. A gpu AAA lifespan of around 6-12 months.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which is 47% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 830 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB which is 20% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 766 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
62 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition is released on 17 Jan 2014

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

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II 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
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
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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10
9.7
7.4
5.6
Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290 Asus DirectCU II 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. The memory clock was left untouched. Furthermore, the card comes with a custom cooling 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 Asus DirectCU II 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%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 31% 54%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 49% 69%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5% 5%
Valorant 96% 89%
Serious Sam 4 39% 69%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 28% 28%
eFootball PES 2021 46% 40%
Genshin Impact 67% 18%
Watch Dogs Legion 31% 14%
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