Average Bench: 68.3% (48th of 613)

Based on 20,445 user benchmarks.  Device: 1002 67B0 Model: AMD Radeon R9 200

Above average average bench

The AMD R9 290X averaged 31.7% 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) 194fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 183fps

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD R9 290X is 21.6%. 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) 125fps

Average Bench

(Based on 20,445 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.5 Lighting 194 222
131 Reflection 153 164
224 Parallax 273 306
68.8% 207 fps
Min Avg Max
113 MRender 125 133
162 Gravity 183 197
157 Splatting 174 185
67.8% 161 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1050 MHz, MLim: 1350 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 17.7
Lighting 221
Reflection 158
Parallax 278
75% 219 fps
MRender 129
Gravity 184
Splatting 180
69% 164 fps
CLim: 1000 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 17.12.1
Lighting 216
Reflection 157
Parallax 303
76% 225 fps
MRender 126
Gravity 178
Splatting 174
67% 159 fps
CLim: 1040 MHz, MLim: 1300 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 19.5.2
Lighting 208
Reflection 156
Parallax 268
71% 211 fps
MRender 128
Gravity 192
Splatting 177
70% 166 fps
CLim: 1000 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 19.6.2
Lighting 209
Reflection 152
Parallax 264
71% 208 fps
MRender 124
Gravity 185
Splatting 171
68% 160 fps
Sapphire(174B E289) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1020 MHz, MLim: 1350 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 19.5.2
Lighting 0
Reflection 154
Parallax 264
30% 139 fps
MRender 0
Gravity 189
Splatting 175
52% 121 fps
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 Game FPS Estimates

Average fps @ 1080p with maximum detail settings for 8 popular games:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: 148 fps Grand Theft Auto V: 48 fps League of Legends: 166 fps Overwatch: 91 fps Battlefield 1: 48 fps The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: 47 fps DOTA 2: 145 fps World of Tanks: 102 fps

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,764,793 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 20,445 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $549 @ launch in Oct '13)
Sapphire(174B E285) 26% 69% ± 6%
Sapphire R9 290X 4GB TRI-X OC
MSI(1462 3080) 12% 67% ± 9%
XFX(1682 9290) 12% 67% ± 9%
XFX R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation
Sapphire(174B E282) 8% 70% ± 4%
Sapphire(174B E289) 7% 66% ± 8%
Asus(1043 046C) 7% 70% ± 6%
Asus R9 290X 4GB DirectCU II
Gigabyte(1458 2281) 6% 70% ± 9%
Asus(1043 046A) 5% 69% ± 2%
Asus(1043 0466) 4% 65% ± 6%
PowerColor(148C 2342) 3% 67% ± 3%
MSI(1462 3070) 2% 71% ± 8%
Gigabyte(1458 227C) 2% 66% ± 12%
Gigabyte(1458 228D) 2% 69% ± 2%
Asus(1043 0474) 2% 69% ± 13%
XFX(1682 9395) 1% 74% ± 3%
MSI(1462 3072) 0% 70% ± 1%
PwrHis(1787 2342) 0% 60% ± 5%
Asus(1043 0472) 0% 64% ± 4%
AMD(1002 0B00) 0% 68% ± 0%
PwrHis(1787 2020) 0% 69% ± 2%
MSI(1462 3071) 0% 69% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3084) 0% 70% ± 0%
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Desktop 55%
Workstation 45%
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1 month ago.


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


1 month 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


7 days ago.

amazing card, can be found cheap


15 months ago.

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


11 months ago.

GPU since 2014 and still kicking games


5 months ago.

Got this thing 5 years ago and its still going strong


1 day ago.

Too hot


8 months ago.

very good video kard! great!stability! works perfect games!


2 months ago.

best legendary card ever...still running all the games in ultra


26 days ago.

very good


21 months ago.

very high price


20 days ago.

Beast for its time.

Below average

3 years ago.

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


6 months ago.

Last AMD card worth buying. Even the RX 580 is barely an upgrade in performance. It performs well but is hot and loud.

Very good

3 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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