AMD Radeon R9 M290X videocard review. Benchmark and Specs

AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics card (also called GPU) comes in 286 in the performance rating. It is a good result. The videocard AMD Radeon R9 M290X runs with the minimal clock speed 850 MHz. It is featured by the acceleration option and able to run up to 900 MHz. The manufacturer has equipped AMD with GB of 4 GB memory, clock speed 1200 MHz and bandwidth 153.6 GB/s.

The power consumption of the video card is 100 Watt, and the fabrication process is only 28 nm. Below you will find the main data on the compatibility, sizes, technologies and gaming performance test results. Also you can read and leave the comments.

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General info

The basic set of information will help you find out the videocard’s release date and its purpose (laptops or PCs), as well as the price at the time of the release and the average current price. This data also includes the architecture employed by the producer, and the chip’s codename.

Place in performance rating: 286
Architecture: GCN 1.0
Code name: Neptune
Type: Laptop
Release date: 9 January 2014

Technical specs

This is the important information that defines the videocard’s capacity. The simpler the device production process, the better. The core’s power frequency is responsible for its speed (direct correlation) while the elaboration of signals is performed by the transistors (the more transistors, the faster the computations are carried out).

Pipelines: 1280
Core clock speed: 850 MHz
Boost Clock: 900 MHz
Transistor count: 2,800 million
Manufacturing process technology: 28 nm
Power consumption (TDP): 100 Watt
Texture fill rate: 72.00
Floating-point performance: 2,304 gflops
Compute units: 20

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Today there are numerous form factors for PC cases, so it is extremely important to know the length of the videocard and the types of its connection. This will help facilitate the upgrade process.

Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors: None
Laptop size: large
Bus support: PCIe 3.0 x16

Memory

The internal main memory is used for storing data while conducting computations. Contemporary games and professional graphic apps have high requirements for the memory’s volume and capacity. The higher this parameter, the more powerful and fast the videocard is. Type of memory, the capacity and bandwidth for AMD Radeon R9 M290X

Memory type: GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount: 4 GB
Memory bus width: 256 Bit
Memory clock speed: 1200 MHz
Memory bandwidth: 153.6 GB/s
Shared memory: -

Video outputs and ports

As a rule, all contemporary videocards feature several connection types and additional ports. Knowing these peculiarities is crucial for avoiding problems with connecting the videocard to the monitor or other peripheral devices.

Display Connectors: No outputs
Eyefinity: +

Technologies

Each graphic card manufacturer complements its products with branded technologies that are used both in games and in the working process. Below is the list of peculiar features that you may find rather useful.

FreeSync: +
HD3D: +
PowerTune: +
ZeroCore: +
DualGraphics: +
Switchable graphics: +

API support

All API-supported AMD Radeon R9 M290X are listed below.

DirectX: DirectX® 11
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: Not Listed
Mantle: +

Overall gaming performance

All tests have been based on FPS counter. Let’s have a look on what place AMD Radeon R9 M290X has been taken in the gaming performance test (calculation has been made in accordance with the game developer recommendations about system requirements; it can differ from the real world situations).


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5 Stutter – The performance of this video card with this game is not well explored yet. According to interpolated information obtained from video cards of similar efficiency levels, the game is likely to stutter and show low frame rates.
May Stutter – The performance of this video card with this game is not well explored yet. According to interpolated information obtained from video cards of similar efficiency levels, the game is likely to stutter and show low frame rates.
30 Fluent – According to all known benchmarks with the specified graphical settings, this game is expected to run at 25fps or more
40 Fluent – According to all known benchmarks with the specified graphical settings, this game is expected to run at 35fps or more
60 Fluent – According to all known benchmarks with the specified graphical settings, this game is expected to run at 58fps or more
May Run Fluently – The performance of this video card with this game is not well explored yet. According to interpolated information obtained from video cards of similar efficiency levels, the game is likely to show fluent frame rates.
? Uncertain – The testing of this video card on this game showed unexpected results. A slower card might be able to produce higher and more consistent frame rates when running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – The performance of this video card with this game is not well explored yet. No reliable data interpolation can be made based on the performance of similar cards of the same category.
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Benchmark

Benchmarks help determine the performance in standard tests for AMD Radeon R9 M290X. We have listed the world’s most famous benchmarks so that you could obtain accurate results in each (see the description). Videocard preliminary testing is especially important in the presence of high loads so that the user could see to what extent the graphic processing unit copes with computations and data elaboration.

Overall benchmark performance

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Unlike Ice Storm, Cloud Gate test elaborated by 3DMark employs more resource-intensive scenes. The better the final estimation, the faster your videocard is. The processing is carried out by means of DirectX 10.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

This is an advanced videocard benchmark. With DirectX 11 being used for conducting the processing, the normal testing time is 15 minutes. The higher the estimation, the faster the videocard is.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Complex graphic scenes require all the videocard’s resources. They use the entire RAM and computing power. The test’s results can be viewed below.

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

This benchmark analyzes the videocard’s game power with the use of Direct X 11 (multi-threading, tessellation, shader computations).

3DMark Vantage Performance

This Direct X10-based benchmark contains AI tests, physics, and 6 computing tests.

Passmark

PassMark is a great benchmark that gets updated regularly and shows relevant information on the videocard’s performance.

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This test works for all types of videocards, has an innovative cross-platform core, and supports Direct X 9/10/11 and OpenGL.

3.0 Out of 2 Hitesti score
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