AMD Radeon R9 290: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon R9 290

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 290 sales 5 November 2013 at a recommended price of $399. This is GCN 2.0 architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5 GHz are supplied, and together with 512 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 320.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is Dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 275 mm. One 6-pin and one 8-pin connectors are required, and power consumption is at 275 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 0.03 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon R9 290's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN 2.0
 
Code name
Hawaii
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
5 November 2013
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$399
 

Technical specs

Radeon R9 290's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 290's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2560
 
Core clock speed
947 MHz
 
Transistor count
6,200 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
275 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
151.5
 
Floating-point performance
4,849 gflops
 

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 290's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
275 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 290: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
of 8192 (Radeon RX 480)
Memory bus width
512 Bit
 
of 4096 (Radeon R9 Fury)
Memory clock speed
5000 MHz
 
Memory bandwidth
320.0 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 290.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 290, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (12_0)
 
OpenGL
4.6
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 290. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

0.03

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

11860

Unigine Heaven 4.0

1440

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 290. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
545 Mh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
30 Mh/s
 
 
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
285 Sol/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon R9 290 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 290 from NVIDIA is GeForce PCX 5300, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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