AMD Radeon R9 290X

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X run games
AMD Radeon R9 290X
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

This Radeon R9 290X graphics card is considered budget with poor modern game performance when playing anything more demanding than indie game requirements.

DirectX 11 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon R9 290X graphics card, when running 2021 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 374 games in todays list.

Running at 1080p this card is predicted to get a weak frame rate from Battlefield 2042 with 22 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Resident Evil 8 which returns a weak 14 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Far Cry 6 which we predict will get a weak 17 FPS.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Battlefield 2042 will deliver weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 44 FPS, Medium: 35 FPS, High: 23 FPS and Ultra: 17 FPS. Next we have Resident Evil 8 running on Radeon R9 290X which gets L: 28FPS, M: 22FPS, H: 15FPS, U: 11FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Far Cry 6 is predicted to get L: 33FPS, M: 26FPS, H: 18FPS, U: 13FPS at 1440p. 1440p gaming on the Radeon R9 290X is not a viable PC gaming choice.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 76% better and can meet 976 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 290X then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB as this is better than 967 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 67% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
The Radeon R9 290X was released on 24 Oct 2013
AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Texture Rate
176 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 11.2
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Max Power
290 Watts
750 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
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Radeon R9 290X Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290X is a high-end graphics card and the most powerful single graphics card of the Radeon R-200 Series.
It packs a Hawaii XT Core which offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface.
While the central unit runs at 1000MHz, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is slightly better than GeForce GTX Titan and considerably better than GeForce GTX 780. Its release price of $549 makes Radeon R9 290X an extremely competitive graphics card. It was most powerful single-graphics-card available until November 2013.
Please note that this card is known to heat a lot and requires a very powerful PSU.

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