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AMD Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition run games
25 Mar 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition is capable of DirectX 11 gaming requirements.

How well will the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition run 2020 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. This graphics hardware can run 632 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition shows us that Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is getting a reasonable result of 52 FPS, and then we are seeing Half-Life: Alyx returning a playable 26 FPS while another game on our list is the Ori and the Will of the Wisps which is getting 56 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition by playing Half-Life: Alyx which yielded a weak performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 51FPS, M: 40FPS, H: 27FPS, U: 19FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Ori and the Will of the Wisps and that was playable. This graphics card delivered 42 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord which gets playable results with a 39FPS on Ultra 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition 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 MSI Gaming 8GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition in your PC? Upgrade time for this GPU is currently placed at 2 years

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 31% better and can meet 872 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which is 38% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 950 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
72 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition is released on 06 Nov 2014

Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
183 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
8192 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
290 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
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Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's high-end Radeon R9 290X, created by MSI.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1040MHz, instead of 1000MHz.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock remains the same while the Frame Buffer was doubled to 8GB: which only proves to be useful when gaming at 3K or more.


Cooling Solution
The reference AMD Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Twin Frozr IV Double Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 12% performance over the reference Radeon R9 290X 4GB.


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Radeon R9 290X MSI Gaming 8GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
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RAM
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 62% 6%
Doom Eternal 1% 1%
Half-Life: Alyx 3% 48%
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 34%
Grand Theft Auto VI 9% 49%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 69% 6%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 40% 34%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 55% 6%
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 55% 10%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 86% 64%
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