AMD Radeon R9 290X Crossfire

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

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire 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.

All games with system requirements of DirectX 11 or lower are met by this card.

Game performance for the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire where we look at the bigger games played in 2022. Looking closely at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. This graphics hardware can run 792 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

The Radeon R9 290X Crossfire graphics card is predicted to return a playable performance on Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p of 37 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is FIFA 22 which we saw got strong frame rates of 118 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Star Citizen, which is predicted to get 68 FPS under tests.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Grand Theft Auto VI will deliver playable FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 75 FPS, Medium: 59 FPS, High: 40 FPS and Ultra: 28 FPS. Next we have FIFA 22 running on Radeon R9 290X Crossfire which gets L: 237FPS, M: 186FPS, H: 125FPS, U: 90FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Star Citizen is predicted to get L: 136FPS, M: 107FPS, H: 72FPS, U: 51FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire is a strong choice at these screen resolutions. With Ultra graphics settings being regularly reached at 1440p gaming its easy to consider bumping up the screen size to 4K for this graphics card.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire in your PC? 2-3 years of top end gaming before an upgrade

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire then a good choice would be 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti as this is better than 972 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 28% better performance as well. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB which is 22% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 961 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
88 FPS
The Radeon R9 290X Crossfire was released on 24 Oct 2013
AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X Crossfire
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT (x2)
Texture Rate
352 GTexel/s
64 (x2)
Pixel Rate
128 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
8192MB (x2)
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
512bit (x2)
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
1024KB (x2)
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Max Power
500 Watts
1250 Watt
Power Connector
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
12 GB
Best Resolution
5760 x 1600
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Radeon R9 290X Crossfire Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 290X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 290X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 30% better than a single Radeon R9 290X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it may perform worse than a single Radeon R9 290X. Expect this combination to draw up to 500 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.

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