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Gaming PC build Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition, Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz, 8GB performance review

A PC with a Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz can run 45 of the top 1000 PC games released when it also has the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition graphics card and 8GB system memory in it. This combination of hardware leaves the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition as the weak point, when looking at what games it can play. You could upgrade that component enabling the system to run 225 games of our most demanding games list.

Hardware performance for these gaming components can be compared to one of todays most popular games, Cyberpunk 2077. In summary, while some might be tempted to play Cyberpunk 2077 in 1440p resolution with the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition, we feel it is best placed at running at 1080p, where you could get the following frame rates - Low setting: 95 FPS, Medium setting: 75 FPS, High setting: 50 FPS, Ultra setting: 36 FPS.

2nd most popular game: Assassins Creed: Valhalla - In summary, while some might be tempted to play Assassins Creed: Valhalla in 1440p resolution with the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition, we feel it is best placed at running at 1080p, where you could get the following frame rates - Low setting: 63 FPS, Medium setting: 53 FPS, High setting: 46 FPS, Ultra setting: 31 FPS.

3rd most popular game: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - In summary, 1440p resolution shows itself to be the optimum performance vs visuals for the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition. While it can certainly get a strong 1080p Ultra of 47 FPS, if you want to move up to 1440p on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War then we can see 1440p Low setting getting 95 FPS or the Medium returning 75 FPS. Change graphics settings up to High for 50 FPS and then Ultra gets 36 FPS.

Reported FPS for
Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition
CPU: FX-8350
RAM: 16 GB
ultra
@1920x1080
CPU: FX-8350
RAM: 16 GB
ultra
@1680x1050
ultra
@1680x1050
CPU: FX-8320
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1600x900
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@2560x1440