Radeon_R9_290X_XFX_Black_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290X 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. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 11.

Here is a performance review on how capable the Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition is at running the more popular games of 2019. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. This graphics hardware can run 586 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

A Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition card at 1080p is seeing a reasonable frame rate when running Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Ultra - 47 FPS. Lets look at the performance its getting on Need For Speed Heat which is 47 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Death Stranding is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a playable 25 FPS.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on the Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition to see that it got a playable set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 95FPS, M: 75FPS, H: 50FPS, U: 36FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Need For Speed Heat which seemed playable in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 36 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Death Stranding where its predicted Ultra 1440p Frame rates were weak at 19 FPS. In summary we feel the Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition running at 1440p is a reasonable choice at this screen size. You can always tweak modern game graphics settings to help you get a better High graphics setting experience at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition in your PC? There is still 2 years of top end gaming left in this Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition? A great upgrade graphics card would be a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which has 40% better performance and can run 897 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 21% better and can meet 859 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition is released on 01 Dec 2013

Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
185 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
67 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
1050 MHz
Power
Max Power
300 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
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 XFX Black Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon R9 290X XFX Black 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 1050MHz while operating memory clock was left untouched. Furthermore, the card comes with a custom cooling solution which will reduce its temperature under load.


Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost over the reference card and so GeForce GTX 780 Ti is still faster.


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Radeon R9 290X XFX Black 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.
Red Dead Redemption 2 40% 6%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 80% 46%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 43% 6%
Death Stranding 35% 46%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 35% 46%
Cyberpunk 2077 35% 46%
Halo: Reach 85% 66%
Need For Speed Heat 41% 6%
Planet Zoo 44% 14%
Borderlands 3 32% 12%
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