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AMD Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

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

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X 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. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 279 games in todays list.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition can run Valorant at 1080p and saw it return strong frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 1213 FPS, Medium: 956 FPS, High: 643 FPS and Ultra: 460 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Grounded returns a reasonable 55 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Valorant to see how the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition dealt with it. It scored up a strong series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 925 FPS, Medium: 729 FPS, High: 491 FPS and Ultra: 350 FPS. Next we looked at Grounded which was playable with a 42 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Horizon: Zero Dawn that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 34. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition, this is a solid performer with higher resolution modern gaming. This graphics card can also bump up to 4K gaming regularly with the latest games still being capable of high or ultra graphics settings at this level.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition in your PC? This Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 46% better and can meet 852 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB which is 20% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 794 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
62 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition is released on 05 Apr 2014

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

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
165 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
66 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
1400 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
358.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1030 MHz
Power
Max Power
275 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 50 Amps
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
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Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-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 1030MHz and in the memory clock which now operates at 1400MHz. 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 Sapphire Vapor-X OC Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
17%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Horizon: Zero Dawn 10% 11%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4% 4%
Cyberpunk 2077 24% 52%
Marvel's Avengers 32% 52%
Valorant 96% 89%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 32% 52%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 49% 36%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 27% 99%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4% 65%
Death Stranding 33% 17%
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