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 gamers. 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 2-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 good gaming and benchmark performance at 40.90 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

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
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)

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
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Core clock speed
947 MHz
 
Transistor count
6,200 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
275 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
151.5
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
4,849 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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 specs

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 32
Memory bus width
512 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
5000 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
320.0 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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
12.0
 
OpenGL
4.6
 

Video card benchmarks 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
41.22
 
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
1440
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
11860
 

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
 
 

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon R9 290 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 290 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which is faster by 4% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.

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