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Monster Hunter: World performance guide: Get your PC Iceborne ready

How to get the best settings for the best performance

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Monster Hunter World PC performance: AMD Radeon R9 290

Despite belonging to the same ancient family as the R9 270, the R9 290 is, thankfully, a lot more capable than its now increasingly fragile sibling. It’s got a healthier 4GB of memory, for starters, and a marginally higher base clock speed of 947 MHz. That’s still pretty piddly by today’s standards, but this reference model put up a surprisingly decent fight at both resolutions when I chucked it at Monster Hunter: World, almost (but not quite) matching the results of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 970.

That’s pretty impressive for such an old card, and I’m sure third-party models with better cooling might even be a touch faster if you happen to still be using one as your main graphics card. It’s had a good innings, the R9 290, and will probably continue to be a decent choice for 1080p gaming for a while longer. Here’s what it made of it.

Can I play this at 1920×1080?

Surprisingly, yes. Mid produced the smoothest ride through the game’s dense flora, averaging a highly respectable 50-60fps, and it even took a pretty good stab at High, too.

Setting the scaling to prioritise resolution gave the best results here, averaging somewhere between 50-55fps when it came to sticking monsters with the pointy end of my dual blade combos, and (assuming you’re well-versed in making compromises with this kind of card) you can just about shunt that up to 55-60fps by setting the volume rendering to Low.

To be honest, the R9 290 can even run the game at Highest if you don’t mind playing around the 35-45fps mark, again eeking out an extra five frames on top of that by using the same volume rendering trick. That’s actually a touch better than what I managed with the GTX 970 on this particular graphics mode, which is pretty damn great considering its age.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

You know what? Yes. Just about. I’d recommend going with Mid again at this resolution, which averaged between 30-40fps depending on how busy the scene was and whether the resident Rathian fancied duking it out with the neighbouring Anjanath that day.

In fact, as long as you’re happy with playing at 30fps, you can even push the graphics settings up to High and not feel any worse for wear. I’d keep the scaling set to prioritize resolution, though, as opting for High saw a couple of ugly dips to 25fps, whereas the former pretty much bobbed between 30-35fps.

Can I play this at 4K?

Ahahahah ahahahahaaaaa, alas not.


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