AMD Radeon R9 290X: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon R9 290X

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 290X sales 24 October 2013 at a recommended price of $549 . This is GCN 2.0 architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4096 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.25 GHz are supplied, and together with 512 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 320 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. 1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 250 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 41.18 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of Radeon R9 290X's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN 2.0
 
Code name
Hawaii
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
24 October 2013
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$549
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)

Technical specs

Radeon R9 290X'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 290X's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2816
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Boost Clock
947 MHz
 
Transistor count
6,200 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
250 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
176.0
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
5,632 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 290X'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).
Bus support
PCIe 3.0
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
275 mm
 
Width
2-slot
 
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 290X: 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
1250 MHz
 
of 11408 (TITAN Xp)
Memory bandwidth
320 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

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

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 290X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
AppAcceleration
+
 
CrossFire
+
 
FreeSync
+
 
HD3D
+
 
LiquidVR
+
 
TressFX
+
 
TrueAudio
+
 
UVD
+
 
DDMA audio
+
 
Eyefinity
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 290X, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
Vulkan
+
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 290X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
38.62
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
332042.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
73987.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9835.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
11717.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
16167.50
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
37284.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
140.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
1547
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
12520
 
 

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 290X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
623 Mh/s
 
 
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.07 Gh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
25.75 Mh/s
 
 
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.76 kh/s
 
 
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
350 Sol/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon R9 290X is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.45
 
 
Games can run, %
At minimum settings
100
At recommended settings
97.42
New games support
88
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017)
high / 1080p
60.10
 
ultra / 1080p
30.50
 
4k / 2160p
24.20
 
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
ultra / 1080p
43.70
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
high / 1080p
39.70
 
ultra / 1080p
96.00
 
Civilization VI (2016)
ultra / 1080p
55.00
 
4k / 2160p
51.00
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
high / 1080p
61.20
 
ultra / 1080p
33.10
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
ultra / 1080p
47.80
 
4k / 2160p
23.60
 
Overwatch (2016)
high / 1080p
198.00
 
ultra / 1080p
97.00
 
4k / 2160p
65.40
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
149.00
 
medium / 768p
102.00
 
high / 1080p
65.00
 
ultra / 1080p
50.50
 
4k / 2160p
27.20
 
The Division (2016)
ultra / 1080p
50.70
 
4k / 2160p
29.90
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
ultra / 1080p
103.00
 
4k / 2160p
61.00
 
Dota 2 (2015)
ultra / 1080p
136.00
 
4k / 2160p
84.00
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
159.00
 
medium / 768p
135.00
 
high / 1080p
84.00
 
ultra / 1080p
64.00
 
4k / 2160p
31.60
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
155.00
 
medium / 768p
149.00
 
high / 1080p
93.00
 
ultra / 1080p
41.00
 
4k / 2160p
51.80
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
179.00
 
medium / 768p
123.00
 
high / 1080p
75.00
 
ultra / 1080p
29.00
 
4k / 2160p
28.40
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
122.00
 
medium / 768p
115.00
 
high / 1080p
94.00
 
ultra / 1080p
80.00
 
Sims 4 (2014)
ultra / 1080p
93.00
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
ultra / 1080p
78.00
 
4k / 2160p
46.60
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
high / 768p
266.00
 
ultra / 1080p
137.00
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
ultra / 1080p
280.00
 
Diablo III (2012)
ultra / 1080p
260.00
 

Relative perfomance

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

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 290X from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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