R9 290 with i7-3770K benchmarks at Ultra Quality settings

At 1440p, R9 290 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the R9 290 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. It is worth noting that the R9 290 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. It is important to know that R9 290 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between R9 290 and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 290 and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 290 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

 R9 290 with i7-3770K benchmarks at Ultra Quality settings
AMD Radeon R9 290
Price $ 310.0
Year 2013
Maximum Recorded Temperature 94C
Max Fan Noise 60.1dB
Recommended Power Supply 625W
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98)
CPU Impact on FPS + 0.0 FPS
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0%
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 61.3 FPS
Average 1440p Performance 44.1 FPS
Average 4K Performance 27.6 FPS
Memory 4 GB
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 6.5
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 9.1
4K Cost Per Frame $ 14.5
Series R9 290
Variant AMD Radeon R9 290
Overall Combination Score 63/100 Good

The good news is, with the release of the R9 290X, the R9 290 's price is getting more discount. AMD ’s xx90 cards have always been defined by high-end prices with performance that knocks on the door of extreme graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the GCN 2.0 graphics card inside the R9 290, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Fallout 76, World War Z, Resident Evil 2, Strange Brigade at 61 fps to 69 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 66 fps.

Forza Horizon 4 (2018)

Ultra Quality

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Graphics Card Price Frames Per Second
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 $ 549
73.0 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB $ 254
70.2 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB $ 170
66.6 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 $ 329
63.4 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 390X $ 429
57.0 FPS
2013 AMD Radeon R9 290 $ 399
53.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 390 $ 329
52.0 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 470 $ 179
45.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 380X $ 229
40.0 FPS
2013 AMD Radeon R9 290X $ 549
37.0 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 $ 499
37.0 FPS
2010 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 $ 499
35.0 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 $ 399
35.0 FPS
2014 AMD Radeon R9 285 $ 249
32.0 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 $ 399
30.4 FPS

The R9 290 sits between the R9 390X and the R9 390, falling slower than R9 390X by 7.5% and faster than R9 390 by 1.9%. It has an average relative performance against every graphics card here. Against its rival - the GTX 970, the R9 290 is much slower.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (2017)

Ultra Quality

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Graphics Card Price Frames Per Second
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 $ 549
58.0 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB $ 254
52.2 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB $ 170
49.6 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 390X $ 429
49.0 FPS
2014 AMD Radeon R9 285 $ 249
48.0 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 $ 329
47.5 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 390 $ 329
47.0 FPS
2013 AMD Radeon R9 290 $ 399
43.0 FPS
2013 AMD Radeon R9 290X $ 549
41.0 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 470 $ 179
41.0 FPS
2011 AMD Radeon HD 7970 $ 549
32.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 380X $ 229
32.0 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 $ 499
32.0 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 $ 399
31.0 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 $ 399
26.4 FPS
2010 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 $ 499
22.0 FPS

The R9 290 sits between the R9 390 and the R9 290X, falling slower than R9 390 by 9.3% and faster than R9 290X by 4.9%. It has an average relative performance against every graphics card here.

Game Performance at Ultra Quality settings

Change Quality Settings

Resolution 1920x1080

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
48
54.0
2019 Anthem
31
34.8
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
45
51.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
59
66.4
2019 Metro Exodus
26
29.6
2019 World War Z
59
66.0
2019 Gears of War 5
38
43.0
2019 F1 2019
48
54.0
2019 GreedFall
43
48.6
2019 Borderlands 3
30
34.2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
47
53.0
2018 Fallout 76
54
61.0
2018 Hitman 2
43
48.0
2018 Just Cause 4
38
42.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
41
46.0
2018 Strange Brigade
62
69.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
38
43.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
47
53.2
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
53
59.1
2017 For Honor
70
78.8
2017 Project CARS 2
50
55.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
60
67.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
40
44.8
2016 Hitman
59
66.6
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
52
58.5
2016 The Division
43
48.2
2016 Overwatch
74
82.6
2016 Dishonored 2
36
40.7
2015 DiRT Rally
89
99.0
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
45
50.7
2015 The Witcher 3
42
47.0
2015 Rocket League
207
230.0
2015 Need For Speed
57
63.7
2015 Project CARS
54
61.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
100
111.7
2014 Thief
58
64.9
2013 Bioshock Infinite
82
91.5
2013 Company of Heroes 2
52
58.8
2013 Crysis 3
50
56.5
2013 GRID 2
99
110.8
2013 Metro: Last Light
64
71.6
2013 Total War: Rome 2
62
69.3
2013 Battlefield 4
66
73.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
141
157.7
2011 Battlefield 3
79
87.9
2009 League of Legends
266
295.7
2008 Crysis: Warhead
72
80.0

Resolution 2560x1440

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
32
40.2
2019 Anthem
22
27.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
31
39.6
2019 Resident Evil 2
35
44.7
2019 Metro Exodus
18
23.0
2019 World War Z
38
48.2
2019 Gears of War 5
24
31.2
2019 F1 2019
30
38.2
2019 GreedFall
28
35.1
2019 Borderlands 3
19
24.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
36
45.0
2018 Hitman 2
24
31.0
2018 Just Cause 4
25
31.5
2018 Monster Hunter: World
25
32.2
2018 Strange Brigade
38
48.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
26
33.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
27
34.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
34
42.7
2017 For Honor
36
46.0
2017 Project CARS 2
31
39.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
48
61.1
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
33
41.3
2016 Hitman
40
50.6
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
33
41.8
2016 The Division
29
37.1
2016 Overwatch
45
56.7
2016 Dishonored 2
27
34.8
2015 DiRT Rally
55
69.9
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
28
35.9
2015 The Witcher 3
29
36.3
2015 Rocket League
78
98.6
2015 Need For Speed
39
49.3
2015 Project CARS
37
46.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
57
72.3
2014 Thief
36
45.4
2013 Bioshock Infinite
47
59.1
2013 Company of Heroes 2
32
40.1
2013 Crysis 3
29
36.7
2013 GRID 2
64
80.2
2013 Metro: Last Light
45
56.8
2013 Total War: Rome 2
35
44.2
2013 Battlefield 4
39
49.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
105
131.4
2011 Battlefield 3
48
60.4
2009 League of Legends
131
164.2
2008 Crysis: Warhead
42
53.0

Resolution 3840x2160

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
16
24.0
2019 Anthem
10
15.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
14
21.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
15
22.0
2019 Metro Exodus
10
14.5
2019 World War Z
19
27.7
2019 Gears of War 5
13
19.7
2019 F1 2019
17
24.3
2019 GreedFall
10
14.5
2019 Borderlands 3
8
12.5
2018 Forza Horizon 4
21
30.0
2018 Hitman 2
12
18.0
2018 Just Cause 4
11
16.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
10
15.4
2018 Strange Brigade
18
26.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
13
19.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
13
18.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
20
29.6
2017 For Honor
16
23.0
2017 Project CARS 2
23
32.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
35
51.2
2016 Overwatch
20
29.4
2016 Dishonored 2
19
27.6
2015 Rocket League
32
46.0
2015 Need For Speed
23
32.9
2015 Project CARS
23
32.9
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
23
33.5
2014 Thief
27
38.9
2013 Bioshock Infinite
33
47.9
2013 GRID 2
32
46.5
2013 Total War: Rome 2
29
41.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
82
118.3
2009 League of Legends
45
65.7
2008 Crysis: Warhead
33
47.3
R9 290 with i7-3770K at 1080p and Ultra Quality settings

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R9 290 Specifications

R9 290 Board Design

Board NumberC671
Length10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP275 W

R9 290 Clock Speeds

GPU Clock947 MHz
Memory Clock1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

R9 290 Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationVolcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price399 USD
ProductionEnd-of-life
Release DateNov 5th, 2013

R9 290 Graphics Features

DirectX12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL2
OpenGL4.6
Shader Model6
Vulkan1.1.82

R9 290 Graphics Processor

ArchitectureGCN 2.0
Die Size438 mm²
GPU NameHawaii
GPU VariantHawaii PRO (215-0852020)
Process Size28 nm
Transistors6,200 million

R9 290 Memory

Bandwidth320.0 GB/s
Memory Bus512 bit
Memory Size4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5

R9 290 Render Config

Compute Units40
ROPs64
Shading Units2560
TMUs160

R9 290 Theoretical Performance

FP32 (float) performance4,849 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance606.1 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate60.61 GPixel/s
Texture Rate151.5 GTexel/s

Critics Reviews

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The problem is, the AMD R9 290 offers 96 percent of the R9 290X's performance for 0 instead of 0, which is why the former is our Editors' Choice for high-end graphics cards.
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