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 42.29 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

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 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Boost Clock
947 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
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 GTexel / s
 
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

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
 
Memory bus width
512 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
1250 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
320 GB / s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
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 benchmark 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
41.40
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

Let's see how good Radeon R9 290X 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.

Fortnite

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Real world test results of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
44
 

Overwatch

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum HD Graphics 4400
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Overwatch on Radeon R9 290X.

high / 1080p
198
 
ultra / 1080p
97
 
4k / 2160p
65
 

GTA V

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of GTA V on Radeon R9 290X.

low / 768p
155
 
medium / 768p
149
 
high / 1080p
93
 
ultra / 1080p
41
 
4k / 2160p
52
 

Rainbow Six Siege

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Dota 2

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce 8600 GT

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dota 2 on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
109
 

Counter-Strike: GO

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
recommended GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Real world test results of Counter-Strike: GO on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
280
 

League of Legends

2009

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce 6150
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Minecraft

2009

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5970

Ghost Recon Wildlands

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Ghost Recon Wildlands official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Real world test results of Ghost Recon Wildlands on Radeon R9 290X.

high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
31
 
4k / 2160p
24
 

Battlefield 1 (BF1)

2016

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 1 (BF1) on Radeon R9 290X.

high / 1080p
40
 
ultra / 1080p
96
 

Civilization VI

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Civilization VI official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum Radeon HD 5570
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Civilization VI on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
55
 
4k / 2160p
51
 

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Deus Ex Mankind Divided official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Deus Ex Mankind Divided on Radeon R9 290X.

high / 1080p
61
 
ultra / 1080p
33
 

Dishonored 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Dishonored 2 official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dishonored 2 on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
48
 
4k / 2160p
24
 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Rise of the Tomb Raider official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce GTX 650
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Radeon R9 290X.

low / 768p
149
 
medium / 768p
102
 
high / 1080p
65
 
ultra / 1080p
51
 
4k / 2160p
27
 

The Division

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to The Division official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum Radeon HD 7770
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Division on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
51
 
4k / 2160p
30
 

Titanfall 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Titanfall 2 official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Titanfall 2 on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
103
 
4k / 2160p
61
 

Fallout 4

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Fallout 4 official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce GTX 550 Ti
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fallout 4 on Radeon R9 290X.

low / 720p
159
 
medium / 768p
135
 
high / 1080p
84
 
ultra / 1080p
64
 
4k / 2160p
32
 

Star Wars Battlefront

2015

FPS tests

Real world test results of Star Wars Battlefront on Radeon R9 290X.

low / 768p
186
 
medium / 768p
159
 
high / 1080p
118
 
ultra / 1080p
104
 
4k / 2160p
43
 

The Witcher 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to The Witcher 3 official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 770

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Witcher 3 on Radeon R9 290X.

low / 768p
179
 
medium / 768p
123
 
high / 1080p
75
 
ultra / 1080p
29
 
4k / 2160p
28
 

World of Warships

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to World of Warships official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 550 Ti

FPS tests

Real world test results of World of Warships on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
134
 
4k / 2160p
58
 

Far Cry 4

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Far Cry 4 official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum Radeon HD 5850
recommended GeForce GTX 680

FPS tests

Real world test results of Far Cry 4 on Radeon R9 290X.

low / 768p
122
 
medium / 768p
115
 
high / 1080p
94
 
ultra / 1080p
80
 

Sims 4

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Sims 4 official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Real world test results of Sims 4 on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
93
 

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Battlefield 4 official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 4 on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
78
 
4k / 2160p
47
 

Tomb Raider

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Tomb Raider official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Tomb Raider on Radeon R9 290X.

high / 768p
266
 
ultra / 1080p
137
 

Diablo III

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Diablo III official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum GeForce 7800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 4870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Diablo III on Radeon R9 290X.

ultra / 1080p
260
 

Dishonored

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon R9 290X performance compared to Dishonored official system requirements.

Radeon R9 290X
minimum Radeon HD 5850
recommended Radeon HD 5850

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dishonored on Radeon R9 290X.

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 780 Ti, which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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