R9 290X with Athlon II X4 631 Quad-Core benchmarks at Ultra Quality settings

At 1440p, R9 290X can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is worth noting that the R9 290X is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. It is important to know that R9 290X 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between R9 290X and AMD Athlon II X4 631 Quad-Core is going to cause serious bottlenecks in many games and cause severe FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 290X can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

 R9 290X with Athlon II X4 631 Quad-Core benchmarks at Ultra Quality settings
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Price $ 399.0
Year 2013
Maximum Recorded Temperature 94C
Max Fan Noise 56.7dB
Recommended Power Supply 640W
Benchmark CPU AMD Athlon II X4 631 Quad-Core ($80)
CPU Impact on FPS -21.4 FPS
CPU Impact on FPS % -30.0%
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 43.5 FPS
Average 1440p Performance 31.7 FPS
Average 4K Performance 19.4 FPS
Memory 4 GB
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 12.6
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 17.3
4K Cost Per Frame $ 28.3
Series R9 290X
Variant AMD Radeon R9 290X
Overall Combination Score 50/100 Acceptable

For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Apex Legends, Resident Evil 2, World War Z, Strange Brigade at 63 fps to 74 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 70 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
2015 AMD Radeon R9 FURY X $ 649
68.0 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB $ 170
66.6 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 $ 329
63.4 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 Nano $ 649
63.0 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
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti $ 699
42.6 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 $ 649
41.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 380X $ 229
40.0 FPS
2013 AMD Radeon R9 290X $ 549
21.4 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 $ 499
37.0 FPS
2012 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 $ 399
35.0 FPS

The R9 290X sits between the R9 380X and the GTX 680, falling slower than R9 380X by 8.1% and faster than GTX 680 by 0%. It falls short in relative performance against most of the graphics card here. Against its rival - the GTX 970, the R9 290X is much slower.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (2017)

Ultra Quality

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Graphics Card Price Frames Per Second
2015 AMD Radeon R9 FURY X $ 649
60.0 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 $ 549
58.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 Nano $ 649
53.0 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 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 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 $ 649
43.0 FPS
2013 AMD Radeon R9 290X $ 549
23.8 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 470 $ 179
41.0 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti $ 699
37.0 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

The R9 290X sits between the GTX 780 and the RX 470, falling slower than GTX 780 by 4.9% and faster than RX 470 by 0%. It has an average relative performance against every graphics card here. Against its rival - the GTX 970, the R9 290X is much slower.

Game Performance at Ultra Quality settings

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Resolution 1920x1080

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
21
36.5
2019 Anthem
13
23.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
19
34.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
23
41.3
2019 Metro Exodus
10
18.4
2019 World War Z
24
42.3
2019 Gears of War 5
15
26.8
2019 F1 2019
19
33.6
2019 GreedFall
17
30.3
2019 Borderlands 3
12
21.3
2018 Forza Horizon 4
12
21.4
2018 Fallout 76
14
24.3
2018 Hitman 2
11
19.1
2018 Just Cause 4
15
26.5
2018 Monster Hunter: World
16
28.6
2018 Strange Brigade
24
43.1
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
13
23.8
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
12
21.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
21
36.7
2017 For Honor
28
49.0
2017 Project CARS 2
20
34.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
24
42.1
2016 Overwatch
19
33.3
2016 Dishonored 2
14
25.3
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
15
27.6
2015 Total War: Attila
13
23.6
2015 Rocket League
82
143.0
2015 Need For Speed
22
39.6
2015 Project CARS
22
38.0
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
40
69.4
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
37
64.1
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
25
44.1
2014 Far Cry 4
21
37.6
2014 GRID Autosport
21
37.8
2014 Shadow of Mordor
28
49.6
2014 The Talos Principle
29
51.2
2014 Thief
22
38.7
2013 Bioshock Infinite
31
55.0
2013 Company of Heroes 2
21
36.3
2013 Crysis 3
26
45.2
2013 GRID 2
37
65.4
2013 Metro: Last Light
25
44.1
2013 Total War: Rome 2
24
42.1
2013 Battlefield 4
23
41.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
56
98.1
2011 Battlefield 3
31
54.7
2009 League of Legends
106
183.9
2008 Crysis: Warhead
28
48.4

Resolution 2560x1440

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
15
27.2
2019 Anthem
10
18.7
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
15
26.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
16
27.8
2019 Metro Exodus
8
14.3
2019 World War Z
17
30.9
2019 Gears of War 5
11
19.4
2019 F1 2019
13
23.8
2019 GreedFall
12
21.9
2019 Borderlands 3
8
14.9
2018 Forza Horizon 4
10
18.0
2018 Hitman 2
7
12.2
2018 Just Cause 4
11
19.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
11
20.0
2018 Strange Brigade
17
30.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
10
18.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
7
13.8
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
15
26.5
2017 For Honor
16
28.6
2017 Project CARS 2
14
24.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
22
38.0
2016 Overwatch
13
23.1
2016 Dishonored 2
12
21.7
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
11
19.9
2015 Total War: Attila
9
16.9
2015 Rocket League
35
61.3
2015 Need For Speed
17
30.7
2015 Project CARS
16
29.0
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
44.9
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
28
50.0
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
17
29.7
2014 Far Cry 4
18
31.1
2014 GRID Autosport
22
39.4
2014 Shadow of Mordor
21
36.9
2014 The Talos Principle
20
35.2
2014 Thief
15
27.5
2013 Bioshock Infinite
20
35.9
2013 Company of Heroes 2
14
24.5
2013 Crysis 3
16
28.9
2013 GRID 2
28
49.7
2013 Metro: Last Light
19
34.5
2013 Total War: Rome 2
15
27.0
2013 Battlefield 4
15
27.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
47
81.7
2011 Battlefield 3
21
37.0
2009 League of Legends
59
102.2
2008 Crysis: Warhead
17
30.4

Resolution 3840x2160

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
9
16.2
2019 Anthem
5
10.1
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
8
14.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
7
13.7
2019 Metro Exodus
5
9.0
2019 World War Z
10
17.8
2019 Gears of War 5
7
12.3
2019 F1 2019
8
15.1
2019 GreedFall
5
9.0
2019 Borderlands 3
4
7.8
2018 Forza Horizon 4
7
12.2
2018 Hitman 2
4
7.5
2018 Just Cause 4
5
10.2
2018 Monster Hunter: World
5
9.6
2018 Strange Brigade
9
16.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
6
10.4
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
4
7.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
10
18.4
2017 For Honor
8
14.3
2017 Project CARS 2
11
20.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
18
31.9
2016 Overwatch
6
11.8
2016 Dishonored 2
9
17.2
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
5
10.3
2015 Total War: Attila
4
8.5
2015 Rocket League
16
28.6
2015 Need For Speed
11
20.4
2015 Project CARS
11
20.4
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
12
20.9
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
17
30.8
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
9
16.2
2014 Far Cry 4
10
18.1
2014 GRID Autosport
14
24.5
2014 Shadow of Mordor
12
20.8
2014 The Talos Principle
11
19.2
2014 Thief
13
23.2
2013 Bioshock Infinite
9
17.0
2013 Crysis 3
8
14.7
2013 GRID 2
16
29.3
2013 Metro: Last Light
10
17.4
2013 Total War: Rome 2
14
25.1
2013 Battlefield 4
11
20.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
42
73.6
2011 Battlefield 3
13
22.7
2009 League of Legends
23
40.9
2008 Crysis: Warhead
15
27.5
R9 290X with Athlon II X4 631 Quad-Core at 1080p and Ultra Quality settings

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R9 290X Specifications

R9 290X Board Design

Board NumberC671
Length10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP290 W

R9 290X Clock Speeds

GPU Clock1000 MHz
Memory Clock1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

R9 290X Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationVolcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price549 USD
ProductionEnd-of-life
Release DateOct 24th, 2013

R9 290X Graphics Features

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

R9 290X Graphics Processor

ArchitectureGCN 2.0
Die Size438 mm²
GPU NameHawaii
GPU VariantHawaii XT (215-0852000)
Process Size28 nm
Transistors6,200 million

R9 290X Memory

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

R9 290X Render Config

Compute Units44
ROPs64
Shading Units2816
TMUs176

R9 290X Theoretical Performance

FP32 (float) performance5,632 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance704.0 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate64.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate176.0 GTexel/s

Critics Reviews

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Conclusion The most important thing to say about the new Radeon R9 290X 4GB is that on the price performance scale it's a clear winner against Nvidia's GTX 780 3GB, at the time of writing.
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At 9.99, the Radeon R9 290X is priced "high" by AMD's standards, as the company's high-end, single-GPU products are typically priced in the 9 to 9 range. However, its pricing could be appealing to those contemplating a 0 GTX 780 or, worse still, the 9 GTX TITAN.
What is most obvious about our testing of the AMD Radeon R9 290X running inside a Bit Fenix Prodigy is that the Prodigy provides plenty of airflow, even without positive air pressure from multiple ...
Power Consumption Idle and Multi-Monitor Loads. The Radeon R9 290X’s power consumption at idle is surprisingly high. Even though AMD makes a point of highlighting its ZeroCore Power feature ...
The AMD Radeon R9 290X (9 list) graphics card is the company's answer to Nvidia's near-total domination of the high-end GPU market. It's the highest-performing GPU the company has ever launched ...
The new Radeon R9 295X2 is about 80-percent faster than a single-GPU Radeon R9 290X. On the upside, AMD doesn’t seem to be engaging in any price gouging for the R9 295X2.
Radeon R9 290X vs. GeForce Titan vs. GTX 780. In a sense, the Radeon R9 290X could be considered AMD's Titan, as it takes the Tahiti architecture and stuffs with nearly 2000 million more transistors.
AMD's reference Radeon R9 290 and 290X cooler earned our disdain once we figured out that it was causing the otherwise-impressive Hawaii GPU to operate at performance levels below the company's ...
The 290X is not only the fastest card in AMD’s 200 series lineup, but the 290 series in particular also contains the only new GPU in AMD’s latest generation of video cards.
AMD mentions that the new CrossFire technology for AMD Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9n 290 is designed for AMD Eyefinity and UltraHD (4K) resolution setups. The new technology, as mentioned before ...

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