Radeon_R9_290X_Asus_DirectCU_II_Edition
AMD Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition

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How well can the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II 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.

How well will the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition run 2020 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 278 games in the list.

A Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition card at 1080p is predicted to see a playable frame rate when running Microsoft Flight Simulator on Ultra - 38 FPS. Lets look at the predicted performance it will get on Marvel's Avengers which is 23 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Cyberpunk 2077 is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a weak 22 FPS.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We predict the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition will run the upcoming game Microsoft Flight Simulator to a playable performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 77 FPS, Medium: 60 FPS, High: 41 FPS and Ultra: 29 FPS. Another game researched was Marvel's Avengers with predictions of L: 46FPS, M: 36FPS, H: 25FPS, U: 18FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Cyberpunk 2077, wih estimates revealing L: 44FPS, M: 35FPS, H: 23FPS, U: 17FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition is not ideal and its more advisable to run modern games at 1080p resolution. But if you really want to play games at 1440p then you will likely have to make some graphical adjustments to improve game FPS stability.

How many years will the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition in your PC? This Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II 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 Asus DirectCU II Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II 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 44% better performance. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB which is 24% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 804 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition is released on 06 Jan 2014

Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
176 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
64 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
1000 MHz
Power
Max Power
300 Watts
PSU
750 Watt & 50 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 Asus DirectCU II Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon R9 290X, created by Asus.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit Remains the Same.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.


Cooling Solution
Exclusive DirectCU II thermal design includes a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heatpipe and 220% larger dissipation area to boost heat removal efficiency. It performs 20% cooler and 3X quieter than reference.


Performance
Without Any Overclock Out of The Box, Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition is as fast as the reference Radeon R9 290X.


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Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
15%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 50%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 11% 9%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2% 2%
Marvel's Avengers 33% 50%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 50% 37%
Valorant 96% 89%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 28% 96%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 33% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2% 62%
Death Stranding 34% 15%
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition Extras
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