Average Bench: 51% (125th of 715)

Based on 37,353 user benchmarks.  Device: 1002 67B0 Model: AMD Radeon R9 200

Average average bench

The AMD R9 290X averaged 49.0% 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.

Strengths

Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 66.3fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 63.4fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD R9 290X is just 8.44%. This is an extremely narrow range which indicates that the AMD R9 290X performs superbly consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. High dynamic range lighting (Teapot) 71fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 90.8fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 37,353 samples)
Min Avg Max
58.3 Lighting 66.3 72.1
66.8 Reflection 71 74.3
81.9 Parallax 90.8 99.8
54% 76 fps
Min Avg Max
59 MRender 62.4 65
58 Gravity 63.4 66.6
42.6 Splatting 44.3 46
45.1% 56.7 fps
User Benchmarks Bench3D DX93D DX103D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1100 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 22.6.1
Lighting 79
Reflection 79.8
Parallax 106
64% 88.3 fps
MRender 68.3
Gravity 69.9
Splatting 47.9
49% 62 fps
CLim: 1050 MHz, MLim: 1350 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 22.6.1
Lighting 67.7
Reflection 73.1
Parallax 92.9
55% 77.9 fps
MRender 64.3
Gravity 65.9
Splatting 45.2
46% 58.5 fps
MSI(1462 3080) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1030 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 20.10.35.02
Lighting 68.2
Reflection 70.3
Parallax 83.1
56% 73.9 fps
MRender 62.8
Gravity 63.9
Splatting 42.7
45% 56.5 fps
CLim: 1010 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 22.6.1
Lighting 66.1
Reflection 71.2
Parallax 90.1
54% 75.8 fps
MRender 62.7
Gravity 63.7
Splatting 44.2
45% 56.9 fps
PwrHis(1787 2342) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1030 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 0MB, Driver: 20.10.35.02
Lighting 66.4
Reflection 72
Parallax 90.5
54% 76.3 fps
MRender 63.5
Gravity 59.7
Splatting 44.3
44% 55.8 fps
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Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (MSRP ≈ $549 @ launch in Oct '13)
Sapphire(174B E285) 23% 51% ± 2%
Sapphire R9 290X 4GB TRI-X OC
11226-00-40G
MSI(1462 3080) 13% 50% ± 4%
Asus(1043 046C) 10% 53% ± 3%
Asus R9 290X 4GB DirectCU II
R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5
XFX(1682 9290) 10% 50% ± 2%
XFX R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation
R9290XEDFD
Gigabyte(1458 2281) 6% 52% ± 3%
Asus(1043 046A) 6% 51% ± 2%
Sapphire(174B E289) 6% 51% ± 1%
PowerColor(148C 2342) 5% 51% ± 3%
AMD(1002 0B00) 4% 50% ± 1%
Sapphire(174B E282) 4% 50% ± 2%
PwrHis(1787 2342) 3% 49% ± 5%
Asus(1043 0466) 2% 49% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3070) 2% 55% ± 5%
Asus(1043 0474) 2% 52% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 227C) 2% 51% ± 3%
MSI(1462 3082) 1% 53% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3071) 1% 52% ± 1%
PwrHis(1787 2020) 1% 52% ± 1%
Asus(1043 0472) 0% 50% ± 2%
MSI(1462 8038) 0% 49% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 228D) 0% 52% ± 0%
XFX(1682 9395) 0% 52% ± 0%
PowerColor(148C 2347) 0% 50% ± 0%
AMD(1002 4002) 0% 48% ± 0%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 - $200

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 Comments

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2 months ago.

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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

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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

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

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


Good

5 months 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.

Comment 

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

it's just what i need as a mid-range gamer


Good

2 years ago.

Old but strong. Still relevant in the 1080p world.


Poor

9 months ago.

GPU since 2014 and still kicking games


Good

3 years ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

Got this thing 5 years ago and its still going strong


Good

3 years ago.

300 fps+ in csgo for next to nothing


Good

4 years ago.

very old card but can play most of the games in 2019 very well


Average

4 years ago.

Runs hot and has high power consumption but has 8 GB of HBM VRAM which is notably higher than thecomparable GTX 970 which has 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Good cards even today if you can deal with both heat and power consumption thanks to nearly similar performance and amount of VRAM as newer RX 580.


Average

5 years ago.

Beast for its time.


Excellent

17 months ago.

290 X is legend , still rememberd


Below average

8 years ago.

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


Good

5 years ago.

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


Average

20 months ago.

TOOOOOOOOOO HOT!


Average

15 months ago.

Way to much TDP and heat .. it was a monster in it's glory days but now, in 2023 it can't keep up anymore and the circuitry is worn. Tried to OC mine a little and now it glitches .. especially over 60 degrees celcius. Replace these.


Very good

8 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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Liquid Cooled Luxe


Excellent

4 years ago.

I own 2 PC at home with this card. Even thought they're quite old by now, they still can compete with actual low price cards.


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