10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed
While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290 Crossfire 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.
This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 11.
Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2021. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 290 Crossfire runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. 747 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.
Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon R9 290 Crossfire is predicted to run Forza Horizon 5 with good performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 66 frames per second. Comparing this to Star Citizen which is predicted to get reasonable results, where it averages 59 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Back 4 Blood, which is predicted to run at 48 frames per second.
Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon R9 290 Crossfire at 1440p and researched how Forza Horizon 5 might perform on it leading us to predict a reasonable set of FPS results. These were, Low: 132 FPS, Medium: 104 FPS, High: 70 FPS and Ultra: 50 FPS. We then checked out Star Citizen which we predict would have a set of graphics results as followed, L: 119FPS, M: 94FPS, H: 63FPS, U: 45FPS. And another popular game was Back 4 Blood with predictions of L: 96FPS, M: 75FPS, H: 51FPS, U: 36FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the Radeon R9 290 Crossfire running at 1440p is a reliable performer at this larger resolution for modern games. The graphics card will be good to run 1440p on Ultra or High settings.How many years will the Radeon R9 290 Crossfire graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290 Crossfire in your PC?
No graphics card upgrade required for around 2 years Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290 Crossfire?
If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon R9 290 Crossfire then a good choice would be 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
as this is better than 976 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 47% better performance as well. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB
. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 40% better and can meet 967 of their recommended requirements.