Radeon R9 290X2 

Released June, 2014
  • 1 GHz
  • 8 GB GDDR5
The GeForce GTX 780 Ti would essentially make the Titan obsolete if its faster in performance and even if it does ship with a 3 GB VRAM buffer.
by hassan-mujtaba (Oct, 2013)
Overall, the FPS is solid at all resolutions, and while we'd prefer a couple of more FPS in the 2560 x 1600 average, because of the strong 40 FPS minimum, we'd consider this playable.
by Shawn-Baker (May, 2014)

Features Key features of the Radeon R9 290X2

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

Radeon R9 290X2
128 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 980
77.82 GPixel/s
105.12 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

Radeon R9 290X2
352 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 980
155.6 GTexel/s
420.4 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon R9 290X2
11,264 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 980
4,981 GFLOPS
10,092 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

Radeon R9 290X2

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Radeon R9 290X2

compute units Discrete cores within the GPU

Radeon R9 290X2

In The News From around the web


More on the new R9 290X, MSI's GAMING 8G model

by Jeremy Hellstrom |
This particular model is factory overclocked by 50MHz on the GPU and 100MHz on the VRAM bring the clocks to 1.1GHz and 6.1GHz.
In a Crossfire configuration the horsepower will be enough to push 4K and the 8GB of memory will truly show off its use, something it does not have a chance to do at 1440p.
Today we examine what value the PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X holds compared to overclocked GeForce GTX 970.
The performance that [H]ard|OCP saw after overclocking the 290X was much closer, in some games even matching it but usually about 5-10% slower than the GTX 980, making it quite obvious which card is the better value.
I am upgrading to the MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning with a Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W PSU.
As you can see from the above shot from our article, you'd be looking at around 450-600W or so under full load.

NVIDIA 344.65 Drivers and GeForce Experience

by Jarred Walton |
The holiday gaming deluge is in full effect, and I suspect we'll see quite a few more "Game Ready" driver updates between now and the new year.
This is really a great way of doing things on the part of NVIDIA, as users can download the driver and be ready to play as soon as the game unlocks on Steam.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Hawaii
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,000 MHz
Is dual GPU Yes
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 5,632
Texture mapping units 352
Render output processors 128
Compute units 88
Pixel rate 128 GPixel/s
Texture rate 352 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 11,264 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,350 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,400 MHz
Memory bus 1,024 bit
Memory 8,192 MB
Memory type GDDR5

noise and power

TDP 580W
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add the rate for this card please
my motherboard MSI 970 can support this card?
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