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Gaming PC build Radeon R9 290, Core i5-3470 3.2GHz, 8GB performance review

A PC gaming machine that puts together a Core i5-3470 3.2GHz processor, a Radeon R9 290 GPU and 8GB system memory will be able to play 0 games from the top 1000 recommended requirements. The PC could increase the number of games it can run at recommended requirements to 161 if it upgraded its bottleneck component, the Core i5-3470 3.2GHz.

Lets compare todays most popular game, Microsoft Flight Simulator with this PC. To summarise, you may be toying with the idea that a 1440p resolution could be achieved with this Radeon R9 290 graphics card, but in so doing you would have to drop the graphics settings to pretty Low according to our assessment. But let the Microsoft Flight Simulator frame rate numbers decide and guide. 1080p Medium 70 FPS, 1080p High setting: 47 FPS, 1080p Ultra setting: 34 FPS, 1440p Low setting: 67 FPS, 1440p Medium setting: 53 FPS. Our Low vs Ultra analysis tells us that you would be better placed running this at 1080p, but at least you could still tinker with graphics settings for 1440p to perhaps be passable?

2nd most popular game: Cyberpunk 2077 - In summary, here we are looking at a GPU that can only really run Cyberpunk 2077 at small laptop size screen resolutions. As for graphics settings, low vs ultra, we suggest around Medium to high at best for the Radeon R9 290.

3rd most popular game: Horizon: Zero Dawn - To summarise, you may be toying with the idea that a 1440p resolution could be achieved with this Radeon R9 290 graphics card, but in so doing you would have to drop the graphics settings to pretty Low according to our assessment. But let the Horizon: Zero Dawn frame rate numbers decide and guide. 1080p Medium 87 FPS, 1080p High setting: 59 FPS, 1080p Ultra setting: 42 FPS, 1440p Low setting: 85 FPS, 1440p Medium setting: 67 FPS. Our Low vs Ultra analysis tells us that you would be better placed running this at 1080p, but at least you could still tinker with graphics settings for 1440p to perhaps be passable?

Reported FPS for
Radeon R9 290
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1366x768
RAM: 8 GB
ultra
@1680x1080
Nioh
60 FPS
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1920x1080
Nioh
60 FPS
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1920x1080
Nioh
60 FPS
RAM: 8 GB
high
@1920x1080