Topic Title: R9 290 Performance Problems
Topic Summary: R9 290 has poor performance in games.
Created On: 07/14/2014 02:36 PM
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 07/14/2014 02:36 PM
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Hi Guys I hope you can help me figure out what is going on. Lately I have been testing a few games with my MSI R9 290 Gaming 4Gig card. I have been testing because I had noticed substantial decrease in performance in games once I upgraded my graphics card. I upgraded from an AMD 7980 3 Gig ICE-Q graphics card.

Now, If I keep everything the same on my computer and simply pop out 1 graphics card and pop the other graphics card in This is what I see:

R9 290 Min FPS: 15 Max FPS: 170 Average FPS: 40
7980 Min FPS: 50 Max FPS: 160 Average FPS: 100

R9 290 Min FPS: 30 Max FPS: 175 Average FPS: 60
7980 Min FPS: 60 Max FPS 170 Average FPS: 80

I see the same thing across other games as well, the 290 is just not performing as well as the older card. I have the most recent drivers for all my system components, 32 Gig of ram and my CPU ( AMD FX-8350 4Ghz) isn't breaking a sweat on these games. My board, a GA-990FX-UD3 has the latest bios and should have no issue with bottle-necking. Any ideas?

As per the posting Sticky:

Grapics Card:  MSI R9 290 Gaming 4Gig.

Driver Packing Version: 14.20-140522a-172180E

Catylist Version: 14.6

O/S:  Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

Motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3

Processor:  AMD FX-8350 Eight-core processor, 4000 Mhz

RAM:  32 Gb (4 - 8 Gb Patriot Viper 1866Mhz DDR3 Sims)

PSU:  OCZ  1000 Watt X series

Display Connections:  HDIM

Display Divice:  (only 1 connected at a time) Either BenQ BL3200 or Samsung S27B350

Games Tested:  The Elder Scrolls Online, Mechwarrior Online, Diablo 3, Day Z

Motherboard Bios Version:  F9 - 22/10/2012

System is clean, issues persist on full system wipe and reinstall of EVERYTHING. (i.e.  Even Fdisked and installed clean)








Edited: 07/14/2014 at 02:44 PM by Nehebukau
 07/14/2014 03:00 PM
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Best guess I can offer with just that to go on is that the 290 is throttling due to too low a target temperature, too low a max fan speed, and/or too poor airflow in the case.

You need to look at clock speeds and GPU usage.


 07/14/2014 04:30 PM
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That would be my guess as well as you have higher maximum FPS figures. Use MSI Afterburner to log the GPU usage and clocks to check for throttling.

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