Radeon_R9_290X_MSI_Lightning_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition graphics card, when running 2020 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. The Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 392 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Running at 1080p this card gets a playable frame rate from Death Stranding with 40 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Halo Infinite which is predicted to return a playable 26 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Cyberpunk 2077 which we predict will get a playable 25 FPS.

We move on to 1440p, and tested Death Stranding which delivered playable FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 81 FPS, Medium: 63 FPS, High: 43 FPS and Ultra: 31 FPS. Next we have Halo Infinite running on Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition which is predicted to get L: 52FPS, M: 41FPS, H: 28FPS, U: 20FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Cyberpunk 2077 is predicted to get L: 49FPS, M: 39FPS, H: 26FPS, U: 19FPS at 1440p. 1440p Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition PC gaming is likely in need of some graphical option tweaks when trying to play modern games.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning 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 290X MSI Lightning Edition? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 38% better and can run 853 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which is 48% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 946 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
67 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition is released on 01 Mar 2014

Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
190 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
69 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2816
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
1080 MHz
Power
Max Power
290 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 290X MSI Lightning Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 290X.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 1000MHz to 1080MHz. The memory clock was left untouched. Furthermore, the card comes with a custom double fan solution which will reduce its temperature under load.
There are no benchmarks available but expect, at most, a 4% performance boost over the reference card.


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Radeon R9 290X MSI Lightning Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
11%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2% 2%
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 44%
Valorant 96% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 44%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 15% 5%
Grounded 70% 13%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2% 56%
Marvel's Avengers 35% 44%
Death Stranding 37% 11%
Halo Infinite 35% 44%
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