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Gaming PC build Radeon R9 290, Core i5-3470 3.2GHz, 8GB performance review

A PC gaming machine that puts together a Core i5-3470 3.2GHz processor, a Radeon R9 290 GPU and 8GB system memory will be able to play 153 games from the top 1000 recommended requirements. The PC could increase the number of games it can run at recommended requirements to 401 if it upgraded its bottleneck component, the Core i5-3470 3.2GHz.

Lets compare todays most popular game, Red Dead Redemption 2 with this PC. To summarise, you may be toying with the idea that a 1440p resolution could be achieved with this Radeon R9 290 graphics card, but in so doing you would have to drop the graphics settings to pretty Low according to our assessment. But let the Red Dead Redemption 2 frame rate numbers decide and guide. 1080p Medium 87 FPS, 1080p High setting: 59 FPS, 1080p Ultra setting: 42 FPS, 1440p Low setting: 85 FPS, 1440p Medium setting: 67 FPS. Our Low vs Ultra analysis tells us that you would be better placed running this at 1080p, but at least you could still tinker with graphics settings for 1440p to perhaps be passable?

2nd most popular game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - To summarise, you may be toying with the idea that a 1440p resolution could be achieved with this Radeon R9 290 graphics card, but in so doing you would have to drop the graphics settings to pretty Low according to our assessment. But let the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare frame rate numbers decide and guide. 1080p Medium 87 FPS, 1080p High setting: 59 FPS, 1080p Ultra setting: 42 FPS, 1440p Low setting: 85 FPS, 1440p Medium setting: 67 FPS. Our Low vs Ultra analysis tells us that you would be better placed running this at 1080p, but at least you could still tinker with graphics settings for 1440p to perhaps be passable?

3rd most popular game: Halo: Reach - To summarise, with this graphics card you do not need concern yourself too much regarding Halo: Reach frame rates. Because Ultra graphics setting can be turned on across all resolutions up to 4K quite comfortably.We are seeing 4K getting 62 FPS, 1440p will get 103 frame rate and if you are interested then 1080p gaming can get 136 FPS. Based around the Radeon R9 290 launch price, we calculate the cost per frame at different resolutions. 1080p Ultra frames will cost $2.93, 1440p frames cost $3.87 each and then the 4K costs $6.44 per frame.

Reported FPS for
Radeon R9 290
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1680x1080
Nioh
60 FPS
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1920x1080
Nioh
60 FPS
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1920x1080
Nioh
60 FPS
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1920x1080
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
high
@1920x1080
F1 2017
70 FPS
high
@1920x1080
Hitman
55 FPS
CPU: FX-8350
RAM: 16 GB
Ultra
@1920x1080
Bastion
60 FPS
CPU: FX-8320
RAM: 16 GB
ultra
@1920x1080
RAM: 8 GB
Ultra
@1920x1080
ultra
@1920x1080
CPU: FX-8320
RAM: 16 GB
High
@1920x1080
CPU: FX-6300
RAM: 8 GB
Medium
@1920x1080

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