Radeon_R9_290_XFX_Black_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition

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3.5
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How well can the Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

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

What FPS performance can the Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition get on latest AAA 2020 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 144.

The Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition graphics card is returning a weak performance on Mafia: Definitive Edition at 1080p of 11 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Assassins Creed: Valhalla which we predict will get weak frame rates of 14 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Horizon: Zero Dawn, which was getting 44 FPS under tests.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition by playing Mafia: Definitive Edition which yielded a weak performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 22FPS, M: 17FPS, H: 12FPS, U: 8FPS. Another popular game we researched with this card was Assassins Creed: Valhalla and that was weak. This graphics card is predicted to deliver 11 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Horizon: Zero Dawn which gets playable results with a 33FPS on Ultra 1440p. In summary we feel the Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition running at 1440p is not a first choice gaming resolution. While this graphics card would likely be more suited to 1080p gaming, you may be able to make some graphical tweaks in the game options to improve your stability at 1440p.

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

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 49% better and can meet 830 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 21% better and can meet 766 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
61 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition is released on 05 Nov 2013

Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii PRO
Process
28nm
TMUs
160
Texture Rate
157 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
63 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
980 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 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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10
9.6
7.3
5.6
Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 290.
This edition features a custom cooling solution and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 947MHz to 980MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 1% performance boost over the reference card.


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Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
29%
RAM
12GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 8% 18%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 48% 71%
Serious Sam 4 39% 71%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 30% 55%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 6% 6%
Genshin Impact 66% 19%
Valorant 96% 89%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 27% 29%
eFootball PES 2021 45% 40%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 8% 13%
Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition Extras
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