Radeon_R9_290X_PowerColor_PCS+_4GB_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB 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. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

What FPS performance can the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition get on latest AAA 2020 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 364 games in the list.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition shows us that Grounded is getting a reasonable result of 57 FPS, and then we are seeing Valorant returning a strong 481 FPS while another game on our list is the Horizon: Zero Dawn which is getting 47 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 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Valorant where it was strong. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 968 FPS, Medium: 762 FPS, High: 513 FPS and Ultra: 366 FPS. We added Horizon: Zero Dawn to our tests and saw it was playable with a 36 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested Grounded which got 43 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition PC gaming is a very good hardware option at these screen sizes. Ultra is easily achieved across almost all games at 1440p and we would suggest an increase of screen size up to 4K for this graphics card.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition in your PC? This Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB 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 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 852 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 40% better performance. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition is the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB, which is 21% more powerful and can run 804 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition is released on 07 Jan 2014

Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
183 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
1350 MHz
Memory Bus
512 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
345.6GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1040 MHz
Power
Max Power
290 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 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 290X 4GB, created by PowerColor.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1040MHz, instead of 1000MHz.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1350MHz while the Frame Buffer remains the same.


Cooling Solution
The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon R9 290X 4GB.


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Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
12%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Horizon: Zero Dawn 14% 6%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1% 1%
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 46%
Marvel's Avengers 35% 46%
Valorant 96% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 46%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 51% 39%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 30% 90%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1% 58%
Death Stranding 36% 12%
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Extras
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