ASUS Radeon R9 290 

Released January, 2014
  • 1 GHz
  • 4 GB GDDR5
7.1 Out of 10

NVIDIA's GTX 780, which has seen a price drop down to $500 last week suddenly looks really expensive, but it does run cooler and quieter; not sure if that's worth the extra $100.
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It yields additional performance to beat the GTX 780 by increasing maximum fan speed from 40% to 47.
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon R9 290 among Desktop GPUs


Radeon R9 290
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


Radeon R9 290
T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


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Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon R9 290
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


Radeon R9 290
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

Radeon R9 290
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


Overall Score

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 290

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
545.44 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 770
112.94 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
108.61 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 770
50.95 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
2,474.12 frames/s
GeForce GTX 970
1,225.93 frames/s
GeForce GTX 770
1,631.29 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 770

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 290
GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 770

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Crysis 3

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Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R9 290

You still get four independent tessellation units, 64 ROPs, a 512-bit wide memory interface, and 4 GB of memory running at 5.00 GHz, churning out 320 GB/s of memory bandwidth.

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The TMU count is down from 176 to 160, and the GPU core clock speed is 948 MHz instead of 1000 MHz.
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Overclocking of our card worked reasonably well and did yield positive performance improvements (remember, the R9 290X in quiet mode scaled negatively during OC), but a bug in the BIOS seems to hold back memory overclocking—the memory could clock much higher and did so on the R9 290X using the exact same PCB and components.
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The cooler also cools memory chips and voltage regulation circuitry.
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With load temperatures of 94°C, the card already runs very hot, but even at those temperatures, the fan needs to run at a deafening 49 dBA to handle the heat.
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Temperatures are quite high.
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Especially its gaming temperatures at 94°C seem very high, but AMD apparently had no other choice since the card had to be kept at somewhat sane noise levels (it's still extremely noisy).
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Right now, the R9 290 has the best price/performance ratio in the segment, and just like with the R9 290X, its price helps me overlook its shortcomings in regards to power, heat, and noise.
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Then you'll be sold after hearing the price.
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At $399, the same price at which NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 770 and a whole $150 (27 percent) cheaper than the Radeon R9 290X launched last month, the Radeon R9 290 is another disruptive product from AMD designed to wreck the competition's lineup.
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GPU overclocking is a bit lower than what we've seen on the R9 290X, but that's to be expected, assuming AMD is sorting GPUs to use the best ones on R9 290X cards.
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Being a new device, though, it might take a bit until it is fully supported in overclocking software.
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Shading units

The Radeon R9 290 features 2,560 of the 2,816 stream processors physically present on the "Hawaii" silicon, which is only a 9% reduction from the R9 290X—compare that to the 12.5% reduction in stream processors the Radeon HD 7950 was left with when it was carved out of the 2,048 stream processors-laden "Tahiti" silicon.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Hawaii
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,000 MHz
Turbo clock speed 947 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon R9 290 947 MHz 4 GB

raw performance

Shading units 2,560
Texture mapping units 160
Render output processors 64
Compute units 40
Pixel rate 64 GPixel/s
Texture rate 160 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 5,120 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,260 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,040 MHz
Memory bus 512 bit
Memory 4,096 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 320 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 275W
Idle noise level 39.5 dB
Load noise level 57.2 dB
Idle power consumption 87W
Load power consumption 381W
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Totally agree with Yar. Best GPU for the money. It's simply a killer of a chip coming for pennies really. Even listed on Amazon for a whooping 35% discount right now Perfect time for a Crossfire setup and then add in Mantle API and there's no stopping you from ruling the world ;)
Best GPU for the money period. If you can stand the heat and noise (or get a version with decent cooling) or want Nvidia features (Physx, Shadowplay etc), there is absolutely no reason to buy the equivalent GTX780. I have this card, modded with a custom cooler, and it runs cool,quiet and kicks ass.
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