AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire sales 1 March 2014. This is GCN architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2x 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4.8 GHz are supplied.

Power consumption is at 200 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 28.58 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire's architecture, market type and release date.

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Architecture
GCN
 
GPU code name
Neptune CF
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
1 March 2014 (7 years ago)
 

Technical specs

Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2560
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
900 MHz
 
Number of transistors
2x 2800 Million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
200 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
large
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire: 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
2x 4 GB
 
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Shared memory
-
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), Shader 5.0
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

28.58

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

71977

3DMark Fire Strike Score

8176

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

10551

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

14147

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

32792

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

122

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 97% minimum and 90% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
97%
Recommended
90%
Minimum
97%
Recommended
90%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

1080p
 
65
 

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 780M SLI, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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