Radeon_R9_290_MSI_Gaming_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming 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. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition graphics card, when running 2019 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. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 447 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition can run Red Dead Redemption 2 at 1080p and saw it return playable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 116 FPS, Medium: 92 FPS, High: 62 FPS and Ultra: 44 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Diablo 4 is predicted to return a weak 22 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Red Dead Redemption 2 to see how the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition dealt with it. It scored up a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 89 FPS, Medium: 70 FPS, High: 47 FPS and Ultra: 34 FPS. Next we looked at Diablo 4 which we predict will be weak with a 16 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 34. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition is ok at playing most games but might need to have the graphics settings lowered to medium preset in some cases.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming 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 290 MSI Gaming Edition? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, as it can run 895 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 47% increased graphics performance. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 20% better and can run 848 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
62 FPS
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The Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition was released on 23 Dec 2013

Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
161 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2560
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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
1007 MHz
Power
Max Power
275 Watts
PSU
750 Watt
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
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Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 290.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 947MHz to 1007MHz. It also features a new cooling system to reduce its high temperatures.
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance boost over the reference card.


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Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 36% 12%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 79% 54%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 39% 12%
Halo: Reach 84% 64%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 31% 54%
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 54%
Borderlands 3 28% 18%
FIFA 20 57% 40%
Death Stranding 31% 54%
Need For Speed Heat 37% 12%
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Probably the best price performance card for 1080p 60fps gameplay. Dominates mostly any games that are optimized on Ultra settings with reasonable AA settings (4xMSAA). 4k is however questionable.

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Actually 1440p is where 290/290X cards shine

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I can't say since i'm not using one, though if you're telling me that it can. I'll consider getting one screen of that resolution, 2k doesn't seem that demanding now that you mention it. Again all dependent of the games however.

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cpu bottleneck?

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I'm gonna pair this with an i5, how long do you think it will play ultra/high settings at 1080p? thanks

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im still playing with my old cpu which is 4 years old and everything ultra. I expect that you should at least get along for 2 years before you really need to upgrade. But you have to upgrade youre ram definitely.

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Hey Guys, Helping a friend make a pc, and was going to get this card for $350 NZ Dollars, however the PSU he has is a CoolerMaster Gold 550w ATX, is this enough for this card? Some people say it is, some say it isnt. Please confirm, thanks!

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2012
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A 550 watt PSU really isn't enough for the R9 290. The card can use almost 300 watts when under load, and I wouldn't risk with just 250 watts running your CPU, hard drive, etc. I suggest getting a 750 or 850 watt PSU to be safe.

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Would it cause bottleneck if upgraded to this card? I also intended to upgrade my psu to a 750w unit when I bought it.

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Yes, the card would be bottlenecked by the FX6200

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Amazing Card, when overclocked a bit can easily equal the 290x!

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i think for now is no need to be overclocked if you play at 1080p but whille your res is big is great to have all power available from card and its better overclocker like then x version

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