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. 4 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 42.90 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

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
 
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
 
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 14000
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
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
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
42.42
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
332042
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
73987
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9835
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
11717
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
16168
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
37284
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
140
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
1547
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
12520
 

Mining hashrates

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
0.31
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017)
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
31
 
4k / 2160p
24
 
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
ultra / 1080p
44
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
high / 1080p
40
 
ultra / 1080p
96
 
Civilization VI (2016)
ultra / 1080p
55
 
4k / 2160p
51
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
high / 1080p
61
 
ultra / 1080p
33
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
ultra / 1080p
48
 
4k / 2160p
24
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
high / 1080p
81
 
ultra / 1080p
66
 
4k / 2160p
29
 
Overwatch (2016)
high / 1080p
198
 
ultra / 1080p
97
 
4k / 2160p
65
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
149
 
medium / 768p
102
 
high / 1080p
65
 
ultra / 1080p
51
 
4k / 2160p
27
 
The Division (2016)
ultra / 1080p
51
 
4k / 2160p
30
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
ultra / 1080p
103
 
4k / 2160p
61
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
159
 
medium / 768p
135
 
high / 1080p
84
 
ultra / 1080p
64
 
4k / 2160p
32
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
155
 
medium / 768p
149
 
high / 1080p
93
 
ultra / 1080p
41
 
4k / 2160p
52
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
179
 
medium / 768p
123
 
high / 1080p
75
 
ultra / 1080p
29
 
4k / 2160p
28
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
122
 
medium / 768p
115
 
high / 1080p
94
 
ultra / 1080p
80
 
Sims 4 (2014)
ultra / 1080p
93
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
ultra / 1080p
78
 
4k / 2160p
47
 
Dota 2 (2013)
ultra / 1080p
109
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
high / 768p
266
 
ultra / 1080p
137
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
ultra / 1080p
280
 
Diablo III (2012)
ultra / 1080p
260
 
Dishonored (2012)
ultra / 1080p
129
 

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 TITAN, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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