10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed
This Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition graphics card is considered budget with poor modern game performance when playing anything more demanding than indie game requirements.
Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.
Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2022. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 367 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.
Running at 1080p this card gets a weak frame rate from Dying Light 2 with 22 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Battlefield 2042 which returns a weak 4 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Far Cry 6 which we saw getting a weak 16 FPS.
Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition at 1440p with Dying Light 2, which got a weak set of FPS results. These were, Low: 44 FPS, Medium: 35 FPS, High: 23 FPS and Ultra: 17 FPS. We then checked out Battlefield 2042 which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 7FPS, M: 6FPS, H: 4FPS, U: 3FPS. And another popular game was Far Cry 6 that returned L: 31FPS, M: 25FPS, H: 17FPS, U: 12FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition is going to struggle at this higher gaming resolution.How many years will the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition 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 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition?
Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
which is 20% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 726 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 290 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC Edition then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB
as this is better than 960 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 69% better performance as well.