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
AMD Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

This Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition graphics card is considered budget with poor modern game performance when playing anything more demanding than indie game requirements.

Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2022. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. 367 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition can run Star Citizen at 1080p and predict it will return reasonable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 120 FPS, Medium: 95 FPS, High: 64 FPS and Ultra: 46 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Back 4 Blood returns a playable 38 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition at 1440p and researched how Star Citizen might perform on it leading us to predict a playable set of FPS results. These were, Low: 92 FPS, Medium: 72 FPS, High: 49 FPS and Ultra: 35 FPS. We then checked out Back 4 Blood which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 77FPS, M: 60FPS, H: 41FPS, U: 29FPS. And another popular game was Grand Theft Auto VI with predictions of L: 28FPS, M: 22FPS, H: 15FPS, U: 11FPS at 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition we get the impression that it is certainly a viable option for these higher gaming resolutions. Remember that if you suffer some 1440p FPS drops the you can usually tweak modern game graphics settings until you get a near High graphics setting experience with this Graphics card.

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? There are no graphics cards on the current market that would provide a big enough increase in performance to warrant upgrading the Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition was released on 06 Jan 2014
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
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 11.2
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.3
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096MB
Memory Speed
1250MHz
Memory Bus
512bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
320GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
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
GD Official
GD RATING
36
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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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