Radeon_R9_290_XFX_Black_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition run games
AMD Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

This Radeon R9 290 XFX Black 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 is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2022. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 306 games in todays list.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition shows us that FIFA 22 is getting a strong result of 83 FPS, and then we are seeing Back 4 Blood returning a playable 36 FPS while another game on our list is the Far Cry 6 which is getting 14 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Back 4 Blood where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 72 FPS, Medium: 57 FPS, High: 38 FPS and Ultra: 27 FPS. We added Far Cry 6 to our tests and saw it was weak with a 10 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested FIFA 22 which got 63 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition is a reasonable choice for most modern games at 1440p, but you may encounter some need to adjust graphics settings down from Ultra to High in some cases to improve gaming stability.

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? 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 XFX Black Edition? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB which is 23% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 726 games from the most demanding games today. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB, which has 73% better performance and can run 960 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
61 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290 XFX Black Edition was released on 05 Nov 2013
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
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
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
GD Official
GD RATING
30
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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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