AMD Radeon R9 290X

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Original Series
Radeon 200
Release Date
October 24th, 2013
Launch Price
$549 USD
PCB Code
P/N Code
AMD C671 SKU 001
Graphics Processing Unit
GPU Model
Hawaii XT (Hawaii)
Graphics Core Next 2.0
Fabrication Process
28 nm
Die Size
438 mm2
Transistors Count
Transistors Density
14.4M TRAN/mm2
Stream Processors
Compute Units
Shader Engines
Base Clock
1000 MHz
Boost Clock
Memory Clock
1250 MHz
Effective Memory Clock
5000 Mbps
Memory Configuration
Memory Size
4096 MB
Memory Type
Memory Bus Width
Memory Bandwidth
320.0 GB/s
  • AMD CrossFire
  • AMD Eyefinity
  • AMD HD3D
  • AMD Mantle
  • AMD PowerPlay
  • AMD PowerTune w/ Boost
  • AMD TrueAudio
  • AMD ZeroCore Power

PCI-Express 3.0 x16
Power Connectors
1 × 6-pin, 1 × 8-pin
Power Design
300 W
Recommended PSU
600 W
Multi-GPU Support
Display Outputs
DVI-D DualLink
2 ×
1 ×
1 ×
API Support
Shader Model

Pixel Fillrate
64 GPixels/s
Texture Fillrate
176 GTexel/s
SPFP Performance
Performance per W
Performance per mm2
12.9 GFLOPS/mm2

 ModelGPU/Mem Clk (MHz)
MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB
R9 290X 4GD5
- / 1250
MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB Battlefield 4
R9 290X 4GD5 BF4
- / 1250
MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB GAMING
- / 1250
MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB GAMING LE
- / 1250
- / 1250
MSI Radeon R9 290X 8GB GAMING
- / 1375
MSI Radeon R9 290X 8GB GAMING LE
- / 1375
POWERCOLOR Radeon R9 290X 16GB DEVIL13 Dual Core
- / 1250
AMD Radeon R9 295X2
5632 Unified Cores
1018 / 1250 MHz 8 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 290X
2816 Unified Cores
1000 / 1250 MHz 4 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 290
2560 Unified Cores
947 / 1250 MHz 4 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 285X
2048 Unified Cores
1002 / 1375 MHz 3 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 280X
2048 Unified Cores
850 / 1500 MHz 3 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 285
1792 Unified Cores
918 / 1375 MHz 2 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 280
1792 Unified Cores
850 / 1500 MHz 3 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 270X
1280 Unified Cores
1000 / 1400 MHz 2 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 270
1280 Unified Cores
900 / 1400 MHz 2 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R7 265
1024 Unified Cores
900 / 1400 MHz 2 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 260
896 Unified Cores
1100 / 1625 MHz 1 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R7 260X
896 Unified Cores
1000 / 1250 MHz 1 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R7 260
768 Unified Cores
1000 / 1500 MHz 2 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R7 250X
640 Unified Cores
950 / 1125 MHz 1 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R7 250XE
640 Unified Cores
860 / 1125 MHz 1 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 255
512 Unified Cores
930 / 1625 MHz 2 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R7 250E
512 Unified Cores
800 / 900 MHz 1 GB DDR3
AMD Radeon R7 250
384 Unified Cores
1000 / 1150 MHz 2 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R7 240
320 Unified Cores
730 / 900 MHz 1 GB DDR3
AMD Radeon R5 240
320 Unified Cores
730 / 900 MHz 2 GB GDDR3
AMD Radeon R5 235X
160 Unified Cores
875 / 900 MHz 1 GB DDR3
AMD Radeon R5 235
160 Unified Cores
775 / 900 MHz 1 GB DDR3
AMD Radeon R5 230
160 Unified Cores
650 / 533 MHz 1 GB DDR3
AMD Radeon R5 220
80 Unified Cores
650 / 533 MHz 1 GB DDR3
AMD Radeon R9 390X
2816 Cores
1050 / 1500 MHz 8 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 390
2560 Cores
1000 / 1500 MHz 8 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 295X2
5632 Cores
1018 / 1250 MHz 8 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 290X
2816 Cores
1000 / 1250 MHz 4 GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 290
2560 Cores
947 / 1250 MHz 4 GB GDDR5
AMD Multiuser GPU
2816 Cores
930 / 1250 MHz 32 GB GDDR5

Ultra-Resolution Gaming, Astonishing Audio and Bare Metal Performance Optimization Become Reality With Introduction of AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series of GPUs, AMD TrueAudio Technology and Mantle
SUNNYVALE, CA — (Marketwired) — 09/25/13 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards, AMD’s first GPUs in a new era of gaming defined by UltraHD displays, renewed vigor in game engine development, and a new generation of gamers that expect a more immersive entertainment experience. AMD also introduced the world to Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that redefine the GPU by enabling both gamers and game developers with unprecedented audio and performance enhancements for compatible games12.

“The AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are new GPUs for a new era in gaming,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “This era is shaped by ultra-resolution gaming and an exciting new generation of highly-anticipated games like ‘Battlefield™ 4.’ But it’s also an era shaped in a very powerful way by our own Unified Gaming Strategy; we’ve teamed up with the world’s top game developers to establish a comprehensive portfolio of games that you can maximize to their full potential only with AMD Radeon™ graphics.”

Mantle and Graphics Core Next: Simplifying Cross-Platform Game Development
The award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy, AMD’s approach to providing a consistent gaming experience on the PC, in the living room or over the cloud — all powered by AMD Radeon graphics found in AMD graphics cards and accelerated processing units (APUs). The four pillars of the Unified Gaming Strategy — console, cloud, content and client — come together with the introduction of Mantle.

With Mantle, games like DICE’s “Battlefield 4” will be empowered with the ability to speak the native language of the Graphics Core Next architecture, presenting a deeper level of hardware optimization no other graphics card manufacturer can match. Mantle also assists game developers in bringing games to life on multiple platforms by leveraging the commonalities between GCN-powered PCs and consoles for a simple game development process.

With the introduction of Mantle, AMD solidifies its position as the leading provider of fast and efficient game development platforms. Mantle will be detailed further at the AMD Developer Summit, APU13, taking place Nov. 11-13 in San Jose, Calif.

AMD TrueAudio Technology: World’s First Programmable Audio Pipeline
AMD TrueAudio technology marks a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio and more.

AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user’s existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience in upcoming games like “THIEF™” by Square Enix or “Lichdom” by Xaviant Games.

AMD Multi-Display Technology: Redesigned for Ultra-resolution Gaming
The arrival of the next-generation AMD Radeon graphics cards also marks a new chapter in AMD’s historic support for stunning display configurations. AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are made for gaming on UltraHD (3840×2160) displays, including support for non-tiled 2160p60 displays with a future AMD Catalyst™ driver release. In addition, gamers more accustomed to AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology will be freed to use virtually any combination of display outputs when connecting matching monitors to the DVI or HDMI® outputs on their system.

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards will be available for purchase in the near future.

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1 Application support for Mantle is required.

2 AMD TrueAudio technology is offered with select AMD Radeon™ R9 and R7 200 Series GPUs and is designed to improve acoustic realism. Requires enabled game or application. Not all audio equipment supports all audio effects; additional audio equipment may be required for some audio effects. Not all products feature all technologies — check with your component or system manufacturer for specific capabilities.