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AMD Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition 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.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2020. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 284 games in todays list.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition shows us that Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting a playable result of 39 FPS, and then we are seeing Mafia: Definitive Edition predicted to return a weak 16 FPS while another game on our list is the Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout which is getting 81 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We predict the Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition will run the upcoming game Mafia: Definitive Edition to a weak performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 31 FPS, Medium: 25 FPS, High: 17 FPS and Ultra: 12 FPS. Another game tested was Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, L: 162FPS, M: 128FPS, H: 86FPS, U: 61FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Microsoft Flight Simulator, which returned L: 79FPS, M: 62FPS, H: 42FPS, U: 30FPS at 1440p. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 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 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 832 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 41% better performance. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB which is 22% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 785 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
65 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition is released on 01 Dec 2013

Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 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
4096 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
600 Watt
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 290X.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 1000MHz to 1040MHz. The memory clock was left untouched. Furthermore, the card comes with a custom triple fan solution which will reduce its temperature under load.
There are no benchmarks available but expect, at most, a 2% performance boost over the reference card.


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Radeon R9 290X Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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0%
Graphics Card
22%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 12%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 0% 0%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 31% 22%
eFootball PES 2021 48% 43%
Watch Dogs Legion 34% 9%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 34% 47%
Valorant 96% 89%
The Invincible 0% 21%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 51% 62%
Marvel's Avengers 48% 7%
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