Radeon_R9_290_MSI_Gaming_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition

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3.1
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How well can the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition run games
AMD Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

This Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming 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 MSI Gaming 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 2021. 313 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Battlefield 2042 will get 3 FPS with the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition, FIFA 22 getting 84 FPS and Dying Light 2 predicted to get 20 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have researched Battlefield 2042 and predict it will be weak. The frame rates predicted for the game presets were - Low: 5 FPS, Medium: 4 FPS, High: 3 FPS and Ultra: 2 FPS. We added FIFA 22 to our tests and saw it was good with a 64 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Dying Light 2 leading us to predict 15 FPS at Ultra 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition, this is not a bad choice for a larger screen size like this. Some games will struggle though, but with some careful graphic option adjustments in-game you can normally find a suitable visual experience with this GPU at 1440p.

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? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. This PC hardware upgrade performs 80% better and can run 975 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition is the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB, which is 71% more powerful and can run 965 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
62 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition was released on 23 Dec 2013
AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290 MSI Gaming Edition
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
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 11.2
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.3
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096MB
Memory Speed
1250MHz
Memory Bus
512bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
320GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
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
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
3.1
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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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