Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire provides acceptable gaming and benchmark performance at 19.74% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

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

Power consumption is at 200 Watt.

Primary details

Some basic facts about Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking264
Place by popularitynot in top-100
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameNeptune CF
Market segmentLaptop
Release date1 March 2014 (10 years ago)

Detailed specifications

Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire's specs 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 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed850 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed900 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors2x 2800 Millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Power consumption (TDP)200 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)

Form factor & compatibility

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

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2x 4 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width2x 256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed4800 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Shared memory-

API compatibility

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

DirectX12 (FL 11_1)

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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 19.74

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: 17%

R9 M290X Crossfire 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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

R9 M290X Crossfire 32792

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 made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

R9 M290X Crossfire 10551

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: 14%

R9 M290X Crossfire 71977

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: 4%

R9 M290X Crossfire 122

Gaming performance

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.

Average FPS across all PC games

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

Full HD58

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 30−35

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 65−70
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40−45
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 45−50
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
Forza Horizon 4 90−95
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 80−85
Metro Exodus 65−70
Red Dead Redemption 2 50−55
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 60−65
Watch Dogs: Legion 55−60

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 65−70
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40−45
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 45−50
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
Forza Horizon 4 90−95
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 80−85
Metro Exodus 65−70
Red Dead Redemption 2 50−55
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 60−65
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 40−45
Watch Dogs: Legion 55−60

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40−45
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 45−50
Forza Horizon 4 90−95
Horizon Zero Dawn 80−85
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 60−65
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 40−45
Watch Dogs: Legion 55−60

Full HD
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 50−55

1440p
High Preset

Battlefield 5 35−40
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 20−22
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
Far Cry 5 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
Hitman 3 21−24
Horizon Zero Dawn 40−45
Metro Exodus 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 40−45
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 21−24
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14

1440p
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35

4K
High Preset

Battlefield 5 18−20
Far Cry New Dawn 14−16
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 14−16
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 20−22

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−11
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
Far Cry 5 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 18−20
Metro Exodus 21−24
Watch Dogs: Legion 8−9

4K
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18

Closest competitors

Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire's performance relative to its closest rivals among notebook graphics cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire is T1200 Mobile, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our ranking.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire:

Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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