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
15 Sep 2020 - 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 2020. 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 324 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

A Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition card at 1080p is seeing a playable frame rate when running Microsoft Flight Simulator on Ultra - 40 FPS. Lets look at the performance its getting on Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout which is 82 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a playable 40 FPS.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran Microsoft Flight Simulator 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: 80FPS, M: 63FPS, H: 42FPS, U: 30FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout which seemed good in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 62 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War where its predicted Ultra 1440p Frame rates were playable at 30 FPS. In summary we feel the Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition running at 1440p is one of the better graphics cards for gaming at this screen resolution. We will see 1440p Ultra and High settings across almost all current games.

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? This Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

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 832 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 785 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
21%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 11%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1% 1%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 32% 21%
eFootball PES 2021 48% 44%
Watch Dogs Legion 35% 8%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 46%
Valorant 96% 90%
The Invincible 1% 20%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 51% 60%
Marvel's Avengers 48% 6%
Radeon R9 290X XFX Black Edition Extras
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