Radeon_R9_290_Sapphire_BF4_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 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.

Game performance for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition where we look at the bigger games played in 2020. Looking closely at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. The Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 168 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Microsoft Flight Simulator will get 34 FPS with the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition, Death Stranding getting 34 FPS and Grand Theft Auto VI predicted to get 8 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition at 1440p and researched how Microsoft Flight Simulator might perform on it leading us to predict a playable set of FPS results. These were, Low: 67 FPS, Medium: 53 FPS, High: 36 FPS and Ultra: 26 FPS. We then checked out Death Stranding which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 67FPS, M: 53FPS, H: 36FPS, U: 26FPS. And another popular game was Grand Theft Auto VI with predictions of L: 16FPS, M: 13FPS, H: 9FPS, U: 6FPS at 1440p. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition is not ideal and its more advisable to run modern games at 1080p resolution. But if you really want to play games at 1440p then you will likely have to make some graphical adjustments to improve game FPS stability.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition in your PC? We think this Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition? A suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which is 53% more powerful and can run 853 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition is the R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB, which is 25% more powerful and can run 790 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
59 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition was released on 05 Nov 2013

Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
152 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
61 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2560
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
947 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
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition comes with a slightly different PCB and design. Still, as soon as you close your case you stop seeing it. Don't expect any performance boost over the reference card as the specifications are exactly the same.


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Radeon R9 290 Sapphire BF4 Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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0%
Graphics Card
23%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 9% 9%
Cyberpunk 2077 21% 60%
Valorant 96% 89%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 28% 60%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 5% 16%
Grounded 66% 3%
Marvel's Avengers 28% 60%
Grand Theft Auto VI 9% 73%
Halo Infinite 28% 60%
Death Stranding 30% 23%
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