Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Review

The Radeon R9 290 has been introduced quite a while back and thanks to Sapphire we’re finally having a look at the reference model. As you might already know, the card comes with a blower type cooler and clocked at 947 MHz on the GPU and 5’000 MHz for the memory. Overall we’re curious to see what kind of damage this card can do.



Today we’re having a look at Sapphire’s Radeon R9 290, which has been built according to AMDs reference design. Therefore you get the standard cooler as well as the usual PCB in combination with reference clocks. This review will also show you what the R9 290 is able to score when it comes completely reference.

As we already mentioned this is an AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card, that’s been build according to reference specifications. The GPU is therefore set to work at up to 947 MHz. A closer look at the memory reveals clocks are at 1’250 MHz (effective 5’000 MHz).

During our testing the Sapphie Radeon R9 290 constantly kept core clocks at 947 MHz. Usually, when we run Furmark, we see GPU clocks go down by quite a few MHz, but with this card that is not the case.




Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Radeon R9 290X ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC
Chip Hawaii Pro Hawaii XT Hawaii Pro
Process 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6.20 billion 6.20 billion 6.20 billion
GPU clock 947 MHz up to 1’000 MHz 1’000 MHz
Memory GDDR5 4’096 MB 4’096 MB 4’096 MB
Memory clock 1’250 (5’000) MHz 1’250 (5’000) MHz 1’260 (5’400) MHz
Memory interface 512 Bit 512 Bit 512 Bit
Memory bandwidth 320 GB/s 320.0 GB/s 322.6 GB/s
Shader Cores 2’560 2’816 2’560
TMUs 160 176 160
ROPs 64 64 64
PCB Type Reference Design Reference Design Custom Design
Slots 2 2 2
Cooler AMD Reference AMD Reference DirectCU II