Average Bench: 67.6% (33rd of 592)

Based on 15,700 user benchmarks.  Device: 1002 67B0 Model: AMD Radeon R9 200

Above average average bench

The AMD R9 290X averaged 32.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 199fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 272fps

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD R9 290X is 20.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the AMD R9 290X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. High dynamic range lighting (Teapot) 153fps
Avg. Render target array GShader (Sphere) 124fps

Average Bench

(Based on 15,700 samples)
Min Avg Max
115 Lighting 199 221
126 Reflection 153 164
207 Parallax 272 308
69.7% 208 fps
Min Avg Max
106 MRender 124 132
151 Gravity 174 187
152 Splatting 173 186
66.1% 157 fps
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The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
MSI(1462 3080) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1030 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 18.5.1
Lighting 216
Reflection 160
Parallax 305
77% 227 fps
MRender 130
Gravity 182
Splatting 178
69% 163 fps
MSI(1462 3070) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1080 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 18.7.1
Lighting 217
Reflection 164
Parallax 266
73% 216 fps
MRender 134
Gravity 190
Splatting 186
71% 170 fps
Sapphire(174B E289) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1020 MHz, MLim: 1375 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 18.5.1
Lighting 211
Reflection 154
Parallax 292
74% 219 fps
MRender 125
Gravity 176
Splatting 174
67% 158 fps
CLim: 1000 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 18.4.1
Lighting 212
Reflection 154
Parallax 275
73% 214 fps
MRender 125
Gravity 176
Splatting 172
66% 158 fps
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Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $549 @ launch in Oct '13)
Sapphire(174B E285) 19% 68% ± 6%
Sapphire R9 290X 4GB TRI-X OC
MSI(1462 3080) 15% 67% ± 8%
XFX(1682 9290) 14% 68% ± 5%
XFX R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation
Asus(1043 046C) 9% 68% ± 12%
Asus R9 290X 4GB DirectCU II
Sapphire(174B E289) 7% 69% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 2281) 5% 70% ± 2%
Asus(1043 046A) 5% 68% ± 3%
Sapphire(174B E282) 5% 67% ± 6%
Asus(1043 0466) 3% 63% ± 11%
PwrHis(1787 2342) 3% 63% ± 13%
PowerColor(148C 2342) 3% 69% ± 7%
MSI(1462 3070) 3% 72% ± 4%
Asus(1043 0474) 2% 71% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 227C) 1% 68% ± 9%
AMD(1002 0B00) 1% 63% ± 10%
Gigabyte(1458 228D) 1% 66% ± 4%
XFX(1682 9395) 1% 69% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 228C) 0% 63% ± 5%
PowerColor(148C 2347) 0% 68% ± 0%
Asus(1043 0472) 0% 59% ± 14%
MSI(1462 3082) 0% 72% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3071) 0% 58% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3072) 0% 70% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3084) 0% 69% ± 0%
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3 days ago.

have two of these cards and both work flawlessly.


I own less than 5 of these 290x. Assorted brands. They overheat (not a problem until they start cooking your sound card). The fans are so incredibly loud and make so little difference in temperature, you can not set your monitor to 1080p 120hz manually because of lack of driver support (I can do this with nvidia), you will get black screens after playing for hours under mysterious conditions (your entire screen goes black). Have a driver problem? Get ready to re-install windows, the software is so toxic you have to reformat the hard drive if it didn't work the first time. I am sure I could go on but thousands of dollars later I just don't care for them. Pros: great looking spec numbers that do not work in real life, Cheap by comparison to the real thing. If you would like to simulate the console experience on a PC I highly recommend AMD. Just remember to lower your settings.—Sep '14


In terms of absolute minimum FPS and superior fundamental performance, the 290x is vastly superior to the 970 at everything except maximum burst framerate at 1080p, an absolutely useless performance metric commonly used by reviewers and nvidia to hide issues with relative smoothness. In terms of minimum FPS, the 290x is also very comparable to the 980, especially when you consider the superior crossfire implementation, yielding considerably better minimum FPS and scaling than 'SLI' will ever be capable of without a major hardware and complimentary software overhaul. SLI is broken. Crossfire is NOT. You can see nearly 100% scaling in a surprising number of titles. Add in a mantle/dx12 forward-looking arch, and clearly this iteration of GNC will continue in the spirit of GCN 1.0: fantastic compute performance that developers have only begun to utilize effectively. Just take note of how poorly the 680 compares to the 7950, let alone 7970.—Apr '15


Flagship performance with a hefty aftermarket cooler for $300, and very overclockable. Unbeatable price:performance for single-card ultra settings solutions.—Apr '15


Great GPU 290X 8GB X2 (crossfire) @ 1080 x 5670 Best GPU's ever. destroys everything! —Aug '15


10 days ago.

MSI AMD R9 290X. My favorite card since more then 4 years now and it still works great for me, new games in FHD as well as some old games in 4k 60fps.


I purchased a sapphire r9 290x tri-x oc, super low temperatures, low noise also on high load it handles all games maxed out at 60 FPS. I don't care about power consumption.—Nov '15


2 months ago.

amazing card, can be found cheap


3 months ago.

one of the greatest GPUs , it is still holding up in 2018 with high to ultra 1080p settings in games


1 day ago.



1 month ago.

Got this thing 5 years ago and its still going strong


9 months ago.

very high price

Below average

2 years ago.

Good card, but not worth the NOISE and HEAT it comes with

Very good

2 years ago.

Own the 290X crossfired, now liquid cooled with Aquacomputer Kyrographic Hawaii block... an execellent performer when heat and fan noise is dealt with. With the new AMD software, heat and noise can be reduced using Frame Rate Target Control (if you have a 60Hz monitor set FRTC to 60FPS)...far less heat and power consumption leading to less noise (mainly on reference cards even better on 3rd party cards) Please please please, get/save up and get a Freesync monitor...gosh I can't go back...much smoother game play even at 60Hz UBm claims it has terrible inconsistency but I would tie that to different overclock setting used. Check out my build https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/8dkTwP

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