AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
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  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory 2x 4096 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2014
Performance 25.93

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

25.93%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

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

Place in performance rating193
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameNeptune CF
Market segmentLaptop
Release date1 March 2014 (8 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 cores2560of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed850 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed900 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors2x 2800 Millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)200 Wattof 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 sizelarge

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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2x 4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width2x 256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed4800 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Shared memory-

API support

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

DirectX12 (FL 11_1)

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.

R9 M290X Crossfire 25.93
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

R9 M290X Crossfire 32792

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.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

R9 M290X Crossfire 14147

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

R9 M290X Crossfire 71977

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

R9 M290X Crossfire 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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

R9 M290X Crossfire 10551

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.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

R9 M290X Crossfire 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.

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

Full HD65

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 24−27

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
Battlefield 5 24−27
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
Far Cry 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
Hitman 3 24−27
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Red Dead Redemption 2 24−27
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
Battlefield 5 24−27
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
Far Cry 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
Hitman 3 24−27
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Metro Exodus 24−27
Red Dead Redemption 2 24−27
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
Battlefield 5 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
Far Cry 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Hitman 3 24−27
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Metro Exodus 24−27
Red Dead Redemption 2 24−27
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
Battlefield 5 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
Far Cry 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Hitman 3 24−27
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Metro Exodus 24−27
Red Dead Redemption 2 24−27
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
Battlefield 5 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
Far Cry 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


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 1 position in our rating.

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